Step One: Prep and Moisturize. I always like to start with a moisturizing base. If your lips are feeling a little dry, try exfoliating. Check out our Grapefruit Lemonade Lip Scrub DIY for inspiration! After exfoliating, add a little bit of your favorite balm. I’ve been hearting the Glossier Balm Dotcom in Coconut. Smells like the beach and summer and everything good about the hot months.
Step Two: Add a little highlight. If you’ve read any of my posts at this point, you know I love me some highlight. I think this just adds a tiny dash of shimmer and light that really brings the eye to the lips. Using a small brush, I just blend out a tiny amount along my cupid’s bow. I like to do the highlight first so that my lipstick layers on top of the shimmer and just peeks out over the top of the lipstick a little.
Step Three: Using a liner very similar to your natural lip color, shape and line your lips. Since my lips tend to be pretty uneven, especially around my cupid’s bow, I take my time to create an even shape. To give myself a fuller look, I’ll slightly over-line my liner, still sticking very close to my natural lip line. The nude liner not only creates a more “plump” look to your lips, but it will also keep our lipstick from feathering, especially since we over-lined just a little. I’ve really been digging the Plump and Define liner from Becca Cosmetics.
Step Four: To really get a fuller look, I love using a light/nude colored lipstick. Devotion by Axiology is one of my favorites right now. It also has the perfect amount of sheen to really give my lips a nice dimension.
Step Five: Using a shade slightly darker, apply to the outer corners of your top and bottom lip. Use a lip pencil or your finger to blend out. This just adds a subtle ombre effect and makes your lips look like they have more dimension. I used the color Worth from Axiology, which is another one of my favorites from their line!
Step Seven: Grab a bronzer just a few shades darker than your skin tone and lightly dust a little underneath your bottom lip to create a little more shadow and the appearance of a fuller lip. Be sure to blend it out good so you don’t look like you have a soul patch coming in… 😉
And now I’m off to put these lips to the test and smooch on my kiddos. 😉 Lots of love, Sav.
Credits//Author and Photography: Savannah Wallace. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.