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Whether you’re a Kylie Jenner fan or not, there’s no denying how much of a trend big lips have become. And while Kylie  isn’t exactly the first to “magically” achieve a fuller pout, there has been a recent drastic increase in the popularity of plumping products, and lip liners – and of course we can’t forget the oh-so-popular “Kylie Jenner lip” colour trend.

Now, there’s only so much that plumping products, lip liner, and techniques can accomplish (yes, Kylie Jenner most definitely has gotten lip injections.)

So while it’s important to understand that no makeup product out there will give you quite as drastic of an effect, there are a lot of techniques that you can use to fake bigger lips!

Note: this is not a quick or everyday lip routine by any means. It’s simply a compilation of steps and tricks that can be used to fake bigger lips! 


1) A lip plumper I personally didn’t believe in lip plumpers until trying the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Gloss (you can read my review here!) This stuff seriously works. Not only does it plump immediately, but it has actually helped to increase the volume of my lips. This makes a huge difference in lipstick application for me, as it helps to plump my lips in such a way that the contours become more defined – thus making it easier to apply colour products!

As you can see from the before image, my top lip is quite undefined naturally. After lip plumper, not only has it increased in fullness, but the lip line itself is more visible!

2) Use a clear liner – a clear, or “invisible” lip liner can help to create the illusion of a lip line, for anyone out there like myself who has undefined lips. Using a clear liner, line just outside of your natural lip contour. It instantly helps to make lips appear bigger, but also works as a border for your lip products to stay within. It also helps prevent bleeding and feathering! My personal favourite is the Lise Watier Virtual Lip Contour.  Rimmel also makes a clear lip pencil!

3)Highlighting – much like how highlighting the cheekbones can make them appear more sculpted or prominent, the same applies for lips. Highlighting the lips in certain areas can make them appear fuller. For an all-around fuller look, apply a light pencil (something soft and blendable in texture, and a few shades lighter than your skin tone) on your cupid’s bow, in the middle of your lips, as well as underneath the bottom. Then softly blend it out with a brush or your finger tip.

Note: this also helps to enhance and define the lip contour.

(Some people prefer to contour under the lower lip for a deeper, fuller look. This personally doesn’t flatter me, a highlight works much better on my lips. Feel free to experiment and find what works best for you!)

I used the NYX Wonder Pencil in the lightest shade (this also works amazingly for a waterline highlight!)

4) Lipliner : Lipliner is a small-lipped girl’s best friend. Seriously. Using a lip liner, trace just outside of your natural lip line. (The clear liner and highlight used previously will help to make sure it doesn’t look too fakely overdrawn, and to prevent it from bleeding and feathering!)

I also bring this in the centre of my lower lip, and outside the centre of the top lip (also known as the vermillion zone) – this is sort of like contouring for lips.

I personally find a lipliner with a bit of a stiffer texture works best – if it’s too creamy or soft, the line will move around and be much more difficult to work with.

I used the NYX Waterproof Lip liner in “nude” – faking bigger lips like this tends to work the best with nude products!

5) Lipstick this completes your look! Just like highlighting and contouring, a lighter tone of lipstick will make the lips appear bigger. The sheen of this lipstick also helps to reflect the light – which will also make lips look fuller if applied in the centre.

I used the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in #1. A pale, nude-toned baby pink works really well for a more natural effect.

Extra tricks: 

  • if your lipliner/lipstick looks a bit sloppy, clean up the edges after with the clear lip liner – it works like a magic eraser and helps create a barrier for the lipstick to stay within
  • Apply a powder highlighter/eyeshadow (a pale, soft shimmery product works the best!) to the cupids bow, as well as to the middle of the lips. This will help attract and reflect light in the centre of the lips, making them look fuller.
  • Remember: light brings forward, and dark recedes!
  • For a different lip colour – such as red – just substitute the lipliner and lipstick with your choice!
  • To touch up throughout the day, keep the clear liner, lipliner, and lipstick with you for any quick fixes!



Some girls are lucky enough to have perfectly plump and defined lips, and can apply lipstick with ease. (For a tutorial on how to fake bigger lips with makeup, click here!I, however, am not one of those girls. Lip liner is a must for me, as my lips as my natural lip lines are very undefined and when I apply lip colour, it has a tendency to bleed and look rather messy – as you can see from my “without lip liner” picture. Not exactly the cleanest or most polished look!

Why lip liner is so important: lip liner is absolutely crucial for those of us who do not have perfect lips. It helps to define, reshape, and perfect the lines and contours of the lip, as well as to create a barrier for your lipstick to stay within. It’s basically a sneaky way to cheat your lip shape and achieve a more precise, polished, and longer-lasting look!


How to apply lipstick in 4 basic steps: 

1. Moisturize: If you’re going to apply colour to your lips, make sure they are hydrated. Nothing looks worse than bright lipstick on cracked, crusty lips. You can read my post on how to fix dry lips here!


2. Prime: Not everyone thinks that this step is crucial in the sense that you need to go out and buy a lip primer, BUT make sure to let your lip moisturizer absorb and sit for at least a few minutes before applying lip colour. I prefer to use a lip primer, as I find it helps to go that extra mile to smooth and improve the texture of my lips. My favourite is the Mac Prep N Prime for lips: it’s so nice and smooth and helps to fill in lines.

3. Line: The most important step! Carefully trace your lips with a lip liner.  This usually matches the lipstick that you plan on wearing, however different coloured liners can be used to create different looks (such as an ombre lip). Look for a liner that has a moderately smooth texture (if it’s too rough or dry, it can be difficult to apply).  The “x” shape on the top lip below the cupid’s bow helps to make the cupid’s bow appear more defined.

It’s okay if the inside lines are not perfect, as the lipstick will blend and cover it anyway!

4. Fill: Fill in your lips with the lipstick of your choice! If your lips are on the smaller side, you might find it easier to apply your lipstick with a lip brush, as this can help it apply more precisely and cleanly.

My favourite products for a red lip: (updated to my new favourites, and cruelty-free!)

Some Extra Tips

  • Most people find it easier to begin lining the sides of the top lip using light strokes, and then moving towards the cupid’s bow
  • Lightly pursing your lips in a slight “o” shape usually makes it easier to line the sides
  • Filling in your whole lips with the liner helps lipstick last longer
  • For longer wear: after applying a layer of lipstick, lightly blot lips with a tissue to absorb the excess, OR lightly dust lips with powder to create a matte finish, then apply another layer.
  • To make lips look bigger, use either a lighter lipstick or a light/white eyeshadow and lightly dust the centre of your lips with it (this is what I have done in the last picture).
  • Use a q-tip to clean up the edges around your lips to make the lines even more precise and clean. To take this even further, you can apply a light concealer or powder around your lips.
  • Make sure the tip of your lip liner is always sharpened or pointed, as this will make application MUCH easier!
  • If your lip liner is not a perfect match to your lipstick, use a lip brush to blend the liner into the lipstick.
  • If you’re going out for the day or night, make sure to bring your lipstick and liner with you, just in case you need to do any touch ups!
  • “Matte” finishes tend to be more drying, so keep that in mind if you have very dry lips

Click here to learn how to fake big lips with makeup! 





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