So far, we’ve exfoliated and moisturised our pout to perfection and chosen the best colour to make our features, colouring and personal style really pop. In this instalment of Lipstick Confessional I’m going to share my top tips about shape so that you can really take those lips to the next level!
Part Three: Shape
When it comes to lips most of the world lust after a voluptuous full pout. But when our parents don’t bless us with such wonders we need to find ways to make do.
The secret? LINER. Lip liner can create and define shape, stop feathering and bleeding and; boost colour and staying power!
Keep reading for everything you need to know about creating the "ideal" shape.
Top 10 Lip Shape Tips
1. When it comes to lining the lips always opt for a pencil in the same colour as your lipstick shade or the same colour as your lips if you're just looking for definition under a gloss or balm. Using anything darker can look a little 90’s - not that that’s always a bad thing!
2. A good liner should be creamy, pigmented and long lasting. If you find your liner is pulling on your lips, it may be too hard a formula. Try to warm up the point between your thumb and index finger to soften it a bit.
3. Always sharpen your lip pencil before each use to achieve a clean line and use short strokes - it's harder to make mistakes this way,
(I love this Japonesque sharpener)
4. Try to be conscious of how symmetrical your lips from the centre of your cupid’s bow. Drawing a X in the centre of your bow can help you to map out where to start.
5. Aim to curve your lines as you go. Harsh, angular lines on lips tend to be found on evil disney characters. Curved lines will give the illusion of a full lip, just try not to go too far out of bounds.
6. Fill in most of your lip to provide a good base for your lip colour. You can also fill in your whole lip with liner and just add gloss or balm for a great daytime look.
7. Make sure to smooth out your liner using a lip brush. This helps to lessen any harsh lines and make sure there isn't any difference in texture from one part of your lip to the next.
(I love this Donna Mee lip brush)
8. Correct any mistakes and further define shape by using concealer or a cotton tip with some cleansing water around the edges of your lips.
(Bioderma is my favourite)
9. You can also apply foundation over whole lips to cancel out your natural lip colour before applying your colour. This will help make bright shades stay true to colour.
10. Try adding a little bit of highlight just above the centre of your cupids bow and gloss in the middle on your bottom lip to make your lips look fuller. You can also add a very sheer amount of contour powder below your bottom lip.