Cassandra Paige, resident celebrity makeup artist gives you a complete lip guide from lip scrubs to how to get those plump lips!
I am so excited to let you in on all my luscious lip secrets that I have accumulated over the years. I am going to give you a complete lip guide that will explain everything on how to care for your smackers, along with my favorite lip masks, my famous DIY lip scrub recipe and a how-to for when you want to pull a Kylie Jenner and get the pout you have always wanted.
I am way too excited about this topic, because my love for makeup all started with lipstick. My first interaction with lipstick was just at three years old when I decided it would be a great idea to paint my whole body, along with the entire inside of my mother’s car with red lipstick (definitely didn’t win best kid that year, oops)! Luckily over the next few years, my skills improved (not hard to do haha) and my favorite after school activity became me sitting at my mom’s vanity and playing with her lipsticks. I was all about that infamous brown lipstick from the early 90’s, ya’ll. Thankfully, I left the brown grunge lipstick behind and picked up much cuter, modern tips and tricks. Below you’ll see all the products and steps you need to take to get my signature natural pout!
To get plump lips, you need to prep your lips:
First, use those lip scrubs – It’s so important to exfoliate your lips. It helps everything look better and go on smoother when you take care of your lips. I know there are a TON of amazing lip scrubs out there that you can purchase, but I honestly don’t think it’s necessary to buy one. Save your money and do it yourself! It is SO easy to make and I think scrubs work better when they are fresh, which is why a DIY one is perfect. You can make it with ingredients you already have in your house and you can make it as you need it, so you never have to worry about it expiring.
PRO TIP: I recommend using a toothbrush as your scrubbing tool. It is soft enough where you won’t hurt your lips while still getting the job done. I included my all time favorite plumping lipgloss in case you wanted a little more oomf (but not necessary)!
Once you have exfoliated, you can move on to the much needed lip masks. Masks are essential if you want a soft, hydrated, smooth finish for your lips. Lip masks can also help slow down the aging process and keep those unwanted fine lines and feathering away (Not today Satan)! I highly recommend adding these masks into your regular beauty routine. It is worth the extra step and worth the extra $.
My go-to for a daytime lip treatment is Bite Beauty. I use this for myself as well as ALL of my clients. I like to put this on first after I brush my teeth and before I apply any other skincare so it can work its magic before I apply my lipstick, gloss, liner, etc. It comes in two colors–Clear and a gorgeous pearlescent Rose Gold. Oh ya, and as if you weren’t already excited about this product, might I add that it is cruelty free, vegan, gluten free and as clean as it gets!
This Korean skincare product is pure MAGIC. This goddess of a lip mask has the best subtle Vanilla scent and has all the best oil, like avocado, apricot seed and sweet almond. This overnight lip mask feels like a lightweight cloud and leaves you waking up looking like you already have that instagram filter on. Perfect for everyone who wants to kiss away the dryness, not to mention it won’t break the bank at only $15. Beautiful doesn’t have to be expensive and I am here for it!
Now let’s talk about how to draw your lips now that we are all prepped and ready to go!
HOW-TO: FAKE THAT POUT (THE NATURAL WAY)
Time to get down to business! When it comes to faking lip injections and giving the illusion of a fuller, more kissable pout, I’ve gotchu! This is honestly my secret guilty pleasure and I have been practicing this look ever since I sat in my mom’s vanity a million years ago (before overdrawing lips was even a thing). I have used these steps on myself and my clients (and we all have different lip shapes & sizes) and this is the foolproof way to non-surgical, fuller lips. It works for everyone and guess what! You won’t even need to worry about touch-ups because if you follow these 7 steps, you’ll never be betrayed by your lips again. OK, first things first, make sure you did that Lip Scrub. This is key to the lip plumping process. The reason you need to exfoliate your lips first, is to make sure you have a smooth canvas and no flaky, dry skin. PRO TIP: Waxing or even shaving (yes, shaving. It works just as great and is my personal go-to when it comes to saying bye-bye to that unwanted peach fuzz on your upper lip). Once you have clean, smooth, hydrated lips, you are ready to start the transformation.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Skinny Brush (i.e. eyeliner brush, flat brush, angled brush, etc.)
- Contour Powder (make sure it has a neutral grey or brown undertone and not an orange or red bronzer-y undertone)
- Lip Liner that is a slightly darker shade than your natural lip color
- Nude/Natural lipstick (Matte or Velvety lipstick is best)
- Translucent Loose Powder, fluffy brush & tissue paper (optional)
- Highlight Powder
- Lip Gloss
Apply a small amount concealer over your lips, making sure to blend it into your skin. The concealer will give you a fresh, matte, clean surface to work on for the rest of the steps and helps everything last longer, stay in place and not feather around your lip line. (Less is more for this one! If you have too much on, it will be hard to make it look natural).
Take your skinny brush and contour powder and lightly shade just outside the lip line on your top lip only (make sure to keep it as close to your natural lip line as you can).
Shade both the top and bottom inner corners of your lips and draw a small line just below the center of your bottom lip.
Use your finger to blend the contour line in, so it looks like a shadow
Pro Tip: If you naturally tend to have lines on your lip and not a completely smooth surface, you can add a line down the center of your bottom lip. This will give you that Angelina Jolie look.
*Works best for people who have natural lines so it blends in and stays looking natural.
This is extremely important because it is what will actually give the illusion of larger lips. The contour line/shadow is what you will use as your new lip line for the rest of the steps.
Take your nude/natural lipstick (can be replaced with another color if you want) and apply it as you normally would. Make sure you use your finger to blend in the color so you don’t have excess lipstick on your lips. A thin layer of lipstick works best!
After you have applied your lipstick, you can add lip liner. You should very lightly line your new lip line that you created with the contour powder. If the line ends up looking too harsh, you can lightly blend down the line with the same lip liner by gently shading the line inward.
If you don’t want your new voluptuous lips to budge throughout the day, you can take a tissue (peel it apart so it is just one thin layer) and press it against your lips. Then take a clean, fluffy brush and a small amount of loose translucent powder and dust over the tissue. This will set your lips without making them look dry or powdery.
Use the highlight powder to accentuate the cupid’s bow and the center of your bottom lip. (I like to use my finger so I have more control over the placement and blending)!
Last, you want to take your favorite lipgloss and apply a small amount only to the center of both your top and bottom lip. This will make your lips look plump and help make everything look natural and fresh. Make sure to stay away from the inner corners of your mouth–excess lipgloss in the corners will look clumpy and less natural.
Let me know if you try any of these tips and tricks on you lips! Did you like it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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