8 makeup tips for thin lips

8 makeup tips for thin lips

Two of the most highly searched beauty questions on Google are, “How to do the Kylie Jenner lip challenge” and “What are lip fillers?”

Which comes as no surprise as plump, luscious-looking lips are a beauty trait many of us desire to have (the more space for bright lippy, the better). But if you were genetically blessed with naturally thin lips, all is not lost.

In fact, there are a lot of thin-lipped celebrities who manage to look absolutely stunning. So using them as inspiration, here are eight makeup tips to make the most of your petite pout.

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Jennifer Aniston

Tip #1: Always start by exfoliating the lips. This will not only remove all dead skin giving you a smooth base to work with, but will also increase circulation creating a touch of volume and natural flush of colour.

Malin Akerman

Tip #2: To create a fuller bottom lip, makeup artist Lisa Eldridge recommends doing a big closed-lip smile to expand it to its full potential before lining. This way your outline will be as full as possible without looking overdrawn and unnatural.

Kristen Stewart

Tip #3: When lining the lip, Lisa suggests starting a little bit inside your natural lip and then buffing your way out to the edge, rather than starting too far out to begin with and having to erase your mistakes.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Tip #4: Press lightly when lining for a softer edge that looks more convincing and natural. You can also go over your line with a clean lip brush to smooth it over and make sure it’s blended.

Karlie Kloss

Tip #5: For filling in the lip, choose a matte finish lip colour rather than glossy. Shine tends to reflect light and draw attention to lines, whereas a matte colour will blend more seamlessly with your liner.


Alexis Bledel

Tip #6: Once you’ve applied your lip colour, pick up a second shade that’s a bit brighter (for example a coral after using a deep red) and apply it very subtly to the centre of both the top and bottom lips. This can add a little more fullness and depth to the lips. Alternatively, you can use highlighter the same way.

Leslie Mann

Tip #7: Similar to highlighting the face, you can also highlight around the lips to make them more prominent. If you’re aiming to make your top lip look bigger, highlight from the Cupid’s bow out towards the corners of your lips, blending outwards as you do so.

Keri Russell

Tip #8: Lastly, you can always use lip plumping products like e.l.f. cosmetics Studio Lip Primer & Plumper and Transformulas LipVolume to stimulate the lips and add temporary volume.

Do you use lip liner? Have you ever tried any of these tips?

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