It’s a well known fact that as we age, our faces change. All parts of our face. And one of the more noticeable parts is that our lips do tend to thin out a bit over time. This is caused by the breakdown of collagen and the weakening of our lip muscles. But not to panic, because there are a few things we can do to fake a fuller set of lips, no matter our age! (no needles required either!) Today, I'm talking how to make thinning lips appear fuller using makeup.
Read on for these 3 simple steps and products that help to give the appearance of a more voluminous pout!
Today, Jennifer is showing us how to make thinning lips appear fuller with makeup
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Just like you need topical moisturizers and treatments for the skin on your face and neck, your lips also deserve the same treatment with hydrating products! Soft moisturized lips appear fuller and hold lip color better. Go a step further by gently exfoliating them in the evenings after brushing your teeth, to reveal fresh lip skin that can then receive the hydrating lip balms.
My favorite two-in-one product that does both at once, is the Buxom Power-full Lip Scrub. Link >> https://bit.ly/3kTRQZT
It is a sugar infused scrub stick that buffs away flakey lips and then hydrates with papaya seed oil and mango seed butter. I’m such a fan of this product and use it every other night!
Do this with lip liner! One of the best ways to fake a slightly wider lip perimeter, is to use a lip liner. Choose a nude shade that’s about 2 shades deeper than your natural lip shade. I’m using BK Beauty Ever Last liner in shade “Warm spice” Link >> https://bit.ly/3RRhP3o
The trick is to stay within the exact natural borders of your lips when tracing the outer corners of the mouth. But when you get to the cupids bow on the upper lip, first shorten the distance between the peaks of the lip by connecting them with liner ever so slightly higher than your natural lip border. Then create an X from the top of each peak going downward within the center of the upper lip.
You can also do the same idea on the lower lip by drawing just slightly outside of the natural lip line just in the very center of the lip where it folds down slightly. This creates the illusion of a fuller-looking mouth that isn’t overdrawn. Then before step 3, take your bare finger and just blue the edges of the lines you created.
If you truly want your lips to appear bigger, a gloss formula is going to give the illusion of fullness because it reflects light more so than a matte or cream lipstick. Color-wise - lighter colors will give a larger appearance, whereas a dark lip color will recede the look of the lips. Think of the same concept as painting a room - dark paint will make the room look smaller and a light color will make the room look larger!
When applying the gloss be sure to rake the wand upwards towards the outside of the perimeter of you lip. This helps to grab onto the liner nicely. I am wearing my all time favorite drugstore nude that has a bit of warmth to it - the NYX Cosmetics Butter gloss in “Bit of Honey.” Link >> https://bit.ly/3opUokg
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is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
Very interesting. Could you perhaps do a lesson on disguising marionette lines for someone who uses virtually no makeup on the skin. I use tinted sunscreen only. The marionette lines are a real problem. Thanks.
Hello Gayle. Thanks for the topic idea! I totally understand the marionette lines becoming a bit more prominent as we age. I’ll get to work on some potential solutions for disguising them as realistically as possible! – Jennifer
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