Makeup tricks for plumper lips

Use rich textures and rosy hues to enhance your pout

InStyle Contributor / February 08 2017

Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Jessica Alba. Angelina Jolie. These celebs all boast fuller lips and here’s the good news: you can, too.

Ageing, sun damage and smoking can leave lips looking thinner, lined and dehydrated. But with a few makeup tricks, you can transform your pout from lacklustre to luscious.

Here’s handy guide for how to get fuller looking lips. 



To ensure your lipstick shade stays put, first create an even surface by lightly exfoliating your lips with a lip scrub or wet washcloth.

Exfoliate lips


Pick the right lip shade

The right hue “brings life to your face”, says make-up artist Elsa Morgan, who suggests a soft red or pink shade. “Go for creamy, velvety textures,” she says. Apply several coats of lipstick using a lip brush for precise application and, blotting between each to create a natural finish that’s less likely to feather.

Apply lip colour


Tactically highlight

To really fake a plumped-up look, take a lipgloss in a matching shade and apply it only to the centre of your top and bottom lips. To finish, dab a cream highlighter on your cupid’s bow to give the appearance of fullness.

Highlight cupid's bow

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Illustrations by: Ann Do

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