Getting in Shape
A combination of lip coloring and
contouring is the most effective way to redefine the way Mother Nature shaped your lips. It is also an area where the biggest blunders occur. Here are some techniques to achieve that sultry mouth:
For Thin Lips: Choose bright or strong colors or apply clear lip-gloss over your lipstick - avoid dark, dull, or matte colors. Use concealer to cover your natural lip line, powder lightly; then, using
a lip liner, line your lips just a fraction outside your natural lip line. Thicken the new line until it covers the space between the line and natural lip line. Now fill in with lipstick.
For Medium Lips:
Define the cupids bow or V-shape at the center of the upper lip along the natural lip line. Define the center bottom lip. Then draw a line, still along your natural line, from the
outer corners in, to meet the centerlines. Soften these lines with a lip liner brush. Apply lipstick from the center out, then to the bottom lip sweeping color from corner to corner.
For Full Lips:
Matte or muted lip colors will make the lips appear less full and smaller - avoid bright, glossy, or light colors. Apply a thin coat of foundation along your natural lip line, and then dust on
a little face powder or yellow tinted concealing powder (evens out skin tones) around your lip area. Draw a fairly thick lip line just inside the natural lip line. Soften the line with a lip brush, and then
apply lip color.