7 Steps to Fuller Looking Lips

Fuller Lips Hi, friends! Today I’m sharing 7 easy steps to achieve fuller looking lips naturally, without going ham on the over-lining… and without having to use one of those scary lip plumping devices. 😉

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.

Full Lips DIYStep 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.

Full Lips DIY 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!

Fuller Lips Step Six: Using your favorite nude gloss, just add a touch to the center of your lip, again to add in a beautiful dimension.

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… 😉

Full Lips DIY And done! My favorite part about these steps is that they give your lips a “my lips but better” look. They look fuller, more even and super glam without being scary and overdone.

Fuller Lips 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.

  • Love this tips! I’ll definitely try them!

    Mireia from TGL

  • ” just peaks out over the top of the lipstick a little”

    I think you mean ‘peeks’ 🙂

  • Simply stunning! I can’t wait to give this a go!

    Chloe x


  • Love this tutorial, I will try this out! Can you do a tutorial on your eyebrows? They are perfection! I have thin, blonde eyebrows and struggle daily trying to make them look decent! Thanks!

  • Oooo, I love the bronzer trick! I’ll have to give that a shot!


  • Love these tips… I already do a lot of them, but I’m definitely going to try the highlighting before lipstick trick!

  • That looks so amazing, thank you for these tips! Especially the one with the highlighter is so helpful 🙂

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