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How to Make Your Lips Look Bigger

6 Ways to Plump Up Your Pout For That Sexy Valentine's Day Date

While you can't develop Angelina Jolie lips overnight, there are secret ways to make your lips look fuller — no painful injections or itchy, tingly plumping products required. Makeup artists have relied on a handful of simple tips and tricks to help their clients pump up the pucker volume, and we've got them all right here to share with you. Don't blame us if you end up getting that postdate snog!

For the Beginner

Avoid dark colored lipsticks or glosses that can actually make your lips look smaller. Instead, choose a lighter shade with a shiny finish to reflect light and give off the illusion of fullness. Try exfoliating your lips with a baby toothbrush and applying lip balm like this classic Rosebud Salve ($6). It's a gentle way to exfoliate, and it promotes circulation in the lips, causing a temporary plump. You can also sweep a tiny dab of light-colored gloss like Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Dandelion ($16) on the middle of your top and bottom lips.

For the Intermediate

Apply a luminizer or a nude or white eye pencil to your cupid's bow only (the "M" shape right above your upper lip) and blend lightly. Experiment with Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil ($4). Additionally, you can use a slight amount (about one eighth of an inch) of soft brown eyeliner directly beneath your lower lip line. This is a trick that makes it seem like your lips are actually creating a shadow. Try CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eye Pencil in Smoky Taupe ($4).

For the Expert

Apply concealer to your entire lip surface to create a blank canvas. Then, using a lip liner in a shade similar to your own lips (or one to two shades darker), draw a line around the perimeter of your mouth from just slightly outside your natural line, moving inward. Smudge any rough edges and apply lipstick, gloss, or both.

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curlycurly004u curlycurly004u 1 year
Love to have soft sexy lips ;)
carmensmith carmensmith 4 years
I like Lip Fusion Color Shine, Idol Lips and Urban Decay's Big Fatty Lip Plumper :)
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
Which one do you like, carmensmith?
carmensmith carmensmith 4 years
I always use a non irritating lip plumper to enhance my lips
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 7 years
I think my lips are full enough, although I have a lip plumping gloss by Wet n' wild and it smells like cinnamon.
Rayvin400 Rayvin400 7 years
thats odd, I find that darker colors make my average-sized lips look fuller..
kiwiprincess kiwiprincess 7 years
This is incredible advice. i feel my lips elevating already
popculture-whore popculture-whore 7 years
oh my goodness i could never imagine doing some of these things. i'm lucky though because i have full lips... my friends and i were just making fun about how all asians have sexy full lips lol
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 7 years
The light-colored gloss in the centre of the lips is just about all I need - my lips are fairly plump on their own!
foxtrotunicorn foxtrotunicorn 7 years
does anybody have any idea what lipgloss that is on the model? it looks awesome!!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Have you guys noticed that if you use Lip Fusion regularly for a while, the effects last longer and longer? My lips are generally quite a bit fuller than they used to be, even when I've just gotten up in the morning or haven't used the gloss for a while. I wonder if the "marine collagen" or whatever it is builds up in your lip tissue after a while and contributes to that?
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I've never used Lip Fusion I'm curious on the before and after, even if it is just slight.I do the "advanced" tip myself but like an above poster I don't use concealer all over.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I've never used Lip Fusion I'm curious on the before and after, even if it is just slight. I do the "advanced" tip myself but like an above poster I don't use concealer all over.
emalove emalove 7 years
I agree with the gals who use Lip Fusion...it's fabulous!
kahribar kahribar 7 years
thanks for the great tips, can't wait to get these products and try them out this weekend!
thelorax thelorax 7 years
the concealer trick works REALLY well...I don't put it all over my lips though, just outline the very outside and blend with my foundation, then apply tint/gloss.
Advah Advah 7 years
Great tips, thanks Bella! :) Can't wait to try the various techniques!I already use YSL's Touche Eclat on the cupid's bow (and had also heard I was to put it under the lips as well, but guess that's wrong), I'll try the white pencil thing tomorrow.
Advah Advah 7 years
Great tips, thanks Bella! :) Can't wait to try the various techniques! I already use YSL's Touche Eclat on the cupid's bow (and had also heard I was to put it under the lips as well, but guess that's wrong), I'll try the white pencil thing tomorrow.
em1282 em1282 7 years
Those lip plump glosses by TheBalm are also awesome. My mouth is juicy (or so I've been told...) to begin with but those make them even juicier, without any pain.
softchickenyou softchickenyou 7 years
i love those lips! so sexy!
softchickenyou softchickenyou 7 years
i love those lips! so sexy!
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 7 years
great tips, everybodyloves full lips
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 7 years
great tips, everybody loves full lips
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 7 years
I love LipFusion too!!
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