Lipstick trends have excelled over the years, the matte lip look commenced in the 1930's, which of course was rather the life changer for all women and still to this day prevails most other lip looks. Of course we also have the 1950's to thank for creating the first long lasting lip stick (life saver). The most iconic of which was the deep red tones popularised by Marilyn Monroe, whose trends still live on to this day. The 1980's brought us the head turning electric bright purple and pink toned lipsticks emphasised on idols such as Madonna. The 1990's were the first to show us the idea of creating an illusion of bigger lips by using a darker lip liner and filling in with a lighter lipstick - Spice Girl fans, you remember this one!
|Marilyn Monroe - Original trendsetter and beauty icon|
|Angelina Jolie - Queen of the pout, beauty goddess.|
|Kylie Jenner - Most recent powerful pout.|
So it is safe to say that the ever-changing world of make up and beauty has seen its fair share of crazily colourful, gobsmackingly glossy and naked nudes in its time. 2016 is no exception, thanks to Kylie Jenner setting the trend of fuller pouty lips, the make up world is pout-ragous!
Of course our celebrity idols have the money to pay for botox on their pretty little faces, but if you're anything like me, rather a wuss when even thinking about a needle or just don't have the money to pay for fillers; I have the trick for you!
(DISCLAIMER: This is not saying that girls with smaller lips are any less beautiful than those with fuller lips, I just enjoy creating new looks and emphasising the lip is something I think looks truly beautiful.)
|Lips before any product is on|
|M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer in NW15|
|Lips with just concealer|
Once you have applied concealer, choose a lipliner only slightly darker than the colour of the lipstick you are using, if it is a very dark shade of lipstick you will be using then the same colour liner would be suitable too.
|Lips with Essence Soft Berry lipliner|
Line around the lips, just slightly outside of your actual lip line, however don't draw too far away or else you're going to look like a crazy clown and nobody wants that! Shade in the outer corners with the liner and soften the pressure you apply as you draw into the middle of the lip. You don't need to worry about being neat on the shading as you're going to cover it, but the idea of creating darker areas on the outside and lighter on the inside will shape a plump pout. At this stage you're going to look a tad silly but you should already notice a pout forming and the lips looking larger.
|Lips filled in with M.A.C lipstick in Brave|
|Final lip look after adding highlighter into the middle of the lips|
The final step which will bring it all together is to add a highlighter into the middle of both lips. You'll only need a very little amount, I just dabbed my index finger into the highlighter which comes in the Sleek contour kit and patted it into the middle of my lips and along my cupids bow (the lines between your nose and top lip). Any highlighter will suffice as long as it isn't a liquid highlighter as this will remove the lipstick and won't work at all. You can play around with this as much as you like, you can add more liner at the end if you want more emphasis or use your finger to blend if they're too bold. It is all about your own preference. The key trick to remember, as with any form of contouring is apply the darker shades outside and highlight in the middle.
I hope this routine can help those of you who are lusting over luscious lips! Why let a surgeon prod at your body when you can do it for yourself pain free?! If you do recreate this look be sure to let me know, I'd love to see!
Thanks for reading,