1. Eat spicy food
Ever noticed how your lips swell and look more flushed than usual
when you're scoffing a curry or salsa? It's because the mucous membranes
in your mouth are being hella stimulated by the hot spices. While we
don't recommend rubbing chillis all over your lips (OUCH!), you can
throw them in your stirfry to add a kick to the flavour and your lips.
2. Use a plumping lip balm
The tingling sensation you feel when you apply some plumping lips
balms can get kind of addictive, all thanks to ingredients like cinnamon
and peppermint which help stimulate blood flow to the area, giving your
lips a non-surgical boost.
3. Go light
Apply a nude shade to your lips as the lighter hue will make your pout look even juicier.
4. Work an ombre lip
If the thought of nude lips freaks you out, apply a natural pink hue
(or any colour you like really). Then, apply a liquid concealer like Kylie Jenner's fave Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
down and across the centre of your lips and blend outwards for an ombre
effect. The graduation of colour will create the illusion of fullness.
5. Conceal simply
Apply one line of concealer straight do the centre of your lips and blend out slightly to highlight and inflate the area.
Define your Cupid's bow for an instantly bigger mouth by outlining
just beyond its perimeter using white eyeliner or a shimmery white
Use a concealer that's one to two shades darker than your foundation
and create a shadow underneath your bottom lip and beyond your
highlighted cupid's bow, then blend. This gives your lips depth and
makes them sit poutier without having to pull a duck face.
8. Eye cream
Before you even start your lipstick application, apply an eye cream
to help hydrate your lips and fill out any fine lines, making your lips
look fleshier. Do the rest of your makeup while it soaks in.
Remove dry flakes of dead skin on your lips with a toothbrush to
stimulate blood flow, or try using an actual lip exfoliator. Or go DIY and mix sugar with coconut oil.
Apply concealer all over your lips to block out your lip line and
neutralise your natural colour and then overdraw your lip line Kylie
Jenner or Kimmy K-style.
11. Add shine
Dab some lip gloss onto the centre of your lips – the shimmery particles help reflect light making your lips look bomb.
12. Avoid dark lipstick
Think of moody hues as an LBD for your lips (it makes them appear smaller). Just don't go there.
13. Add edge
Using a fine angle brush, line the outside of your lips with some concealer post-lipstick to make your lips POP.
14. Mask it
Try a lip mask, which will help hydrate your lips and make them super soft. Or try an exfoliating version (which will also moisturise).
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.au