Help for Every Lip Shape and Size

Published: 01st February 2011
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Have you ever watched a beauty segment about how to properly apply lipliner, but every time you try it, your lips look awful? It could be that your lips were not built to wear liner.

Not everyone's lips are shaped the same. Just like skin tone and hair colour, the shape and size of your lips will determine which colours and cosmetics will suit you best.

Small Lips: If your lips are small, you can make them look bigger by using a little liner just outside the edges of your lips. Colour them with a bright lipstick, but not too dark. Small lips respond well to lots of shine, so be sure to apply lip gloss throughout the day to make your lips stand out.

Thin or Shallow Lips: If you feel your lips are pencil thin, use a lip pencil to draw them wider. Just like small lips, you can embellish the edges of your lips with a liner, and fill them in with a matching colour. Light colours work well on thin lips, but you can move into deeper shades, as long as you don't get carried away. Bright reds are too much, but pinks and mauves are fabulous.

Two Different Sizes: If one lip is thicker than the other, you can even out their appearance by lining the thinnest lip just outside the edges, and applying a slightly darker shade than the fuller lip. Gently rub your lips together to blend the colours for a natural appearance.

Long and Wide: When your lips stretch out too far or are too wide, you should avoid using lip liner. A nice dark colour that starts at the centre of the lips and lighter edges will reduce the size and appearance of your lips. A dob of gloss in the centre of each lip is great to create a focal point away from the elongated edges.

Full Lips: If you love having nice full lips, then show them off with bright and bold colours and shiny gloss. However, if you find your lips are too full, you can detract attention from them by using subtle and lighter colours and keep them free of gloss.

Whatever shape or size of lips you have, remember to check your lipstick throughout the day for touch ups and be careful not to get any tell tale colour on your teeth.

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