By BR Tabatha
Oh for a beestung pout! To have the kind of kissers that made people stop and stare. There's something lush, lovely and wantable about a plump pair of lips, and people have been known to go to extremes to attain the look (remember that horrible shot glass plumping trend?!) Luckily, we don't have to risk blood and bruising to give our lips a boost - we just need to get a little tricky with our makeup!
Before you break out your kit - prep the canvas. Exfoliate your lips, remove dead skin cells, smooth the surface. Then add a lip balm and nourish those lippy loos. Once that's done it's time to play!
First things first - skip dark colours if you're looking to make your mouth even more magnificent, as dark colours can minimise the look of your lips.
With that one 'rule' out there... here's what you do want to do...
A quick and easy tip to faux-largening up your lips is to apply lipstick all over your lips, then to dab a lighter shade in the centre of your upper and lower lips and blend it out a touch so that it looks nice and natural.
An even simpler way to achieve this look - but one that will need touching up regularly - is to apply lip gloss to the centre of your lips.
Another tip that requires a steady hand and a little patience is to overdraw your lip - but just a little. Take a lip liner that's a touch darker than your natural lip colour and draw just outside the line of your lip. Once you're all lined, fill your lips in, pop on a nude colour, then apply the lighter lip in the centre or gloss trick for an instant pop of pout.
It's not just the lip colours and products you choose that can have an effect on your lip look, you can also contour and highlight your way to larger looking lips - and it's not even that hard to do! Yuss!
Grab a non-shimmery contour shade that suits your skin tone and apply it just under the centre of your lower lip, then blend it out. THEN, take a touch of highlighter and apply it to your cupid's blow.
And there you have it... No surgery. No injections. No bruising. No blood. Just 'naturally' larger looking lush lips!