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June 21, 2008

Full Lips - 7 Ways To Get The Look

By Danielle Lemay

Most of us aren’t blessed with full lips like Angelina Jolie’s, nor would most of us want them (I don’t know about you, but they would completely take over my face). Nevertheless, considering that lip size has been linked to sexual attraction, it’s always good to have that fuller lips look going for you.

Of course, you don’t want to look like you just stepped out of a lip-injection party, either. So here’s how to achieve full lips without needles… or ass fat.

Invest in a high quality lip balm
Balm, unlike gloss, is used to help turn your lips into healthy, full lips by treating cracks and peeling. Apply it to your lips and make sure to dab it with a tissue afterwards, just in case you’re anything like me and lob the stuff on like it was a snack.

Suggested brands:
Burt's Bees Beeswax
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm (with SPF 15)
Benefit Lipscription
NARS’ Lip Therapy

Use a lip liner
I know, I know, when you hear the words “lip liner” you immediately imagine old The Jenny Jones Show episodes where she had on those rebellious Latina girls with dark brown lip liner and some light colored lipstick, which essentially made them look like they had mustaches.

But I’m not talking about using a lip liner that can double as a mustache tracer; the lip liner you want to invest in blends with your lip color. For example, if your lips have a naturally pink hue, you would purchase, you guessed it, a pink-hued lip liner.

Your objective, when using lip liner, is to define your lips. So don’t draw a new pair or make a crooked line. Simply shape the outline of your newly full lips and fix any tiny asymmetries.

(Note: Remember to purchase an appropriate-sized sharpener to go with your new lip pencil.)

Suggested brands:
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Givenchy Lip Lip Lip! Liner
Stila Lip Pencil

Apply some gloss
You knew this was coming. While shine is not cool on other parts of your face, it is so good for your lips’ image. Not only does a lip gloss make your lips look incredibly kissable, it manages to add a fullness effect that your lips would not otherwise have.

Note that if you purchase a gloss, chances are that your long strands of hair will get stuck to your lips when the wind blows said strands onto your lips. But hey, no one said that having full lips was a simple task.

Suggested brands:
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss
Du Wop Lip Venom
Fusion Beauty LipFusion Lip Plump

Add a dash of white shimmer
You may have been doing the three aforementioned steps for ages and are thinking, Hey, wait a minute, she didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. But did you know that adding a touch of white shimmer to your lips can make the difference between nice lips and kissable, full lips?

Although you can use a white shimmer eye shadow, I recommend investing in some white shimmer lipstick instead. This way, you can apply the lipstick anywhere you are.

The secret to perfecting this trick is to apply the white shimmer right smack dab in the middle of your lips on the lower and upper lip. Be sure not to rub your full lips sideways after application.

Suggested brands:
MAC Glaze in Bubbles
NARS Lip Lacquer in Galactica
Sephora Gloss Lipstick in Sheer White Pearl

Apply your fuller lips

I see women in washrooms all over the world applying their lipstick in 3 seconds flat and not paying much mind to what they’re doing, but I believe that applying make up is a very sensual experience and you should be very aware of what it is you are doing.

That said, when you’re preparing to leave the house tomorrow, dedicate some time to prepping your lips and before you know it, they’ll be looking so sensuous that someone will ask you if they can kiss your full lips.

Until next time, make it up.

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