Balance and beautify your lips with the new red lip contouring trick to address flat lips, thin lips, wide or narrow mouth, or uneven shape. Kiss thin, undefined lips goodbye with this step-by-step tutorial! It’s no secret that the makeup world is pretty obsessed with contouring.
Step 1: It is very important to prepare and moisturise your lips. Dry lips and red lipstick do not mix, so make sure you prepare your lip area first. In order to remove any dead skin cells and have a smooth canvas to work on, apply your favourite scrub onto a clean toothbrush and use a circular motion to gently exfoliate your lips. If your lips are cracked or really sensitive, a children’s toothbrush will work best for you.
Step 2: Outline your upper lash line with your lip pencil. Pencils are simple to use and provide an intense payoff with a matte finish in a single swipe. However, for this lip contouring effect to work, make sure to use a liner that is a little bit darker than your natural lip tone. If you use the same colour as your lipstick, it takes away the illusion.
Step 3: The best place to draw is just slightly outside the border of the lip, but not too much! With your sharpened lip liner, begin tracing slightly outside the natural outline of your lower lips as well.
Step 4: Like any good contour, you must blend! Some people do this with their fingers, others with a lip gloss and some by tapping on an iridescent eye shadow to act as an extra highlight. Whatever method you choose, make sure not to skip this crucial final step for a perfectly plump kisser.
Step 5: Apply your red lipstick all over your lips. Using dabbing motions, apply a coat of your lipstick. A patting technique will prevent muddying of the darker contours. After all you want the contours to be visible, but not too obvious.