If you want a fuller pout but happen to think that lip-plumping products have more of a placebo effect than anything else, and you're not willing to go under the needle, don't give up hope. Celebrity makeup artist Lauren Andersen showed us exactly how to enhance our natural lips with the strategic placement of a few key makeup products.
Grab your concealer, lip liner, lipstick, and gloss, and scroll through to see how it's done.
Apply concealer to the centre of your lips to brighten the area, which will make them look fuller. Go all the way to the edge of your lip line, and blend the top edges up onto your skin.
Using the lipliner of your choice, line your top and bottom lips. The key is to apply it right on top of your natural lip line, exaggerating it ever so slightly. Be sure to use a freshly sharpened pencil; the point will be helpful for placing the color directly on top of your natural lip line. Feather the color in a bit at the outer corners. Don't extend the colour all the way along the bottom lip. Leave the centre bare. This makes the bottom lip look heavy and pouty.
Next, blend it all together with lipstick applied with a lip brush.
For the final volume-amplifying touch, add a light-colored gloss with a hint of shimmer, like this Lip Glacé (£20) in Bare Naked from Laura Mercier, to just the centre of your top and bottom lips.
And there you have it: A pillowy pout in just four easy steps.
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Photographer: Justin Coit; Makeup Artist: Lauren Andersen; Hairstylist: Gregory Russell ; Manicurist: Barbara Warner ; Producer: Jenna Peffley; Model: Lyzy.