Fillers aren’t the only way to fake bigger lips — sometimes all you need is a lip pencil. Huda Kattan, whose tutorial videos on Instagram have attracted more than 12 million followers, tells Us Weekly exactly how to contour lips with just one product.
First, she stresses the importance of a smooth palette. “To improve consistency and make colors last longer, gently exfoliate with lip scrub or a hot bath towel and then hydrate lips with oil [or balm] before wiping off any excess,” the founder of Huda Beauty, which includes water- and transfer-proof liners on sephora.com, tells Us Weekly. Next, apply your foundation or concealer over your lips to create evenness.
How to Master Lip Contour Step 1: Prep’ your lips Exfoliate with a warm towel Hydrate with lip balm Blot excess oil Step 2: Line your lips Define cupid’s bow with an X Line the center-bottom Continue lining the shape of your lips *Pro tip: Overline cupid’s bow to create fuller lips Fill lips with color Step 3: Contour! Outline with a darker shade Create depth in the inner corners Draw vertical lines to add dimension *Pro tip: Correct with concealer Blend with lip balm Mattify with tissue #hudabeautylipcontour @sephora .com #trendingatsephora #fulllips
Draw an “X” at your cupid’s bow with lip liner, as shown in the video above. Using the same pencil, follow your mouth’s natural shape and fill lips with gloss or a lipstick.
If you want an equally plush bottom lip, further define it with a vertical line down the center, which adds a 3-D effect, before filling the lips in.
The Dubai-based beauty guru also explains that over-drawing (or outlining just beyond your usual line) will help lips look more full. But she cautions to not go too bold with color and just “keep it natural,” for the best results.
Lip liner isn’t the only way to achieve a fuller-looking pout: Kattan suggests blending two colors together as well. “Apply a light lip contour outside your natural line and fill in your lips with the same shade, then apply the dark lip contour following the exact same outlined shape,” she tells Us. “Blend the two shades by pressing a tissue down or using a hint of balm.” This process leaves the lighter shade exposed near the center of the pout, creating the optical illusion of Kylie Jenner–level lips.
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