How to achieve soft, full lips
Times change, trends come and go... and today? It's all about soft, full lips. Wearing the right products can help your lips look full naturally, and putting in the prep work sets the perfect stage. This means you'll want to hydrate your skin and lips regularly and employ a few choice techniques to applying color. Here are seven steps to getting the perfect pout.
1. Prep your pucker
Exfoliating your lips with a toothbrush is key. It’ll help to get rid of peeling skin, and this will give you a kissably soft pout. Simply dampen a toothbrush and rub it on your lips for a few minutes.
2. Moisturize like you’re wandering the Sahara
Matte lipstick tends to dry out lips. Ultra-moisturize them with argan or coconut oil before applying your lipstick.
3. Prime with concealer
A base layer of concealer on your lips can really make your lipstick color pop because it will bring out your lipstick's true color.
4. Draw the line
Find a lip liner that's the same shade as your lipstick, and line your lips with it. Fill them in, as well. This puts down a base for your lipstick to glide on. It will also intensify and preserve the color longer.
5. Brush, don’t rub
Rather than rubbing your lips together, use a lip brush to make the color uniform. Cover your lips completely for an elegant look.
6. Blot, baby, blot
Blot your lips after applying the first coat, and then apply a second one. This will intensify the color and prevent your lipstick from flaking off.
7. Sharpen the edges
Clean up your lips' corners with a cotton swab and some concealer. This will make your application precise and perfect.
Pro tips for soft lips
If you want to keep your lips looking their kissable best, you should:
Choose the right lip balm and don't lick your lips
Saliva may not seem like it's drying, but it is. Look for balms that contain petrolatum or glycerin as well as sunscreen.
Go blue for more white
A lipstick that has blue undertones will make your teeth gleam.
Layer lip stain and lip gloss
If you’re looking to keep your lips colored all day long, try a lip stain. Then, put some lip gloss on top to keep your lips looking soft and shiny.
Drink more water
When you’re dehydrated, your lips become easily dried out. To keep your lips looking beautifully soft and pink, make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day, especially in winter.
Fuller lips the modern way
If you're looking for a fuller pout that's a little more permanent, an injectable dermal filler like Juvéderm can plump your lips in a most flattering way. Your best bet is a filler that contains hyaluronic acid. A natural substance found in the body, hyaluronic acid adds volume to your lips.