If you were to ask most women what facial feature they would most like to improve, there’s a very good chance that they would say lips. Have you ever known a woman to complain that her lips were too full or too pouty? Of course not. Yet there are millions of women who would gladly pay a plastic surgeon for a set of fuller lips.
Fortunately, it is not difficult to create the illusion of fuller lips with makeup. The first step is to choose the right colors. Bright colors and dark colors will draw too much attention to the lips, and neutral colors and earth tones will make thin or small lips all but invisible. The best shades of lip color for those with small lips are pinks. In order to create an additional illusion of fullness, apply a clear lip gloss over the pink lipstick.
Women who have small lips fall into two categories. There are lips that are too thin, and then there are lips that are too narrow. If the lips are too narrow, the goal will be to create the illusion of width. This can be done fairly easily with a lipliner pencil; simply extend the lip line a small amount on both sides, and then apply the lip color.
Lips that are too thin, however, often have enough width. In this case, the goal is to create the illusion of volume. This too can be done with a lip liner, but it is very important not to draw a new lip line too far above or below the natural lines of the lips. If you are using a lip liner pencil to create a new lip line, use a lip liner that is one or two shades lighter than the lipstick or lip gloss color you have chosen. Never use a lip liner that is darker than your lipstick color unless you already have lips that are full.
One trick many makeup artists use is to apply petroleum jelly over the lip color. Unlike lip gloss, petroleum jelly is thicker in consistency and has a natural “plumping” effect on the lips. Another trick is to use a concealer or liquid foundation on the lips before applying lip color. The idea is to build volume by the layering of products. Of course, layering concealer, lipstick, and petroleum jelly on the lips may make your lips feel like they are covered beneath a layer of mud, but it will certainly produce the illusion of thicker and fuller lips. This technique may not be practical for day-long wear, but it is a great trick for special occasions.