Facial contouring is the beauty industry’s worst kept secret, which means beautifully defined features are just a few brushstrokes away. Contouring can give your face and décolleté beautiful definition – it’s the greatest illusion, highlighting your best features and concealing those you’d rather hide.
A technique that is perhaps still under wraps, however, is a similar method used to contour your lips, allowing you to enhance your natural lip shape and create an enviable pout.
Lip contouring is a great way to get your lips looking exactly how you want them; you won’t need to resort to drastic measures to achieve the lip shape you’ve been lusting for. So how do you contour your lips like a pro? And what contouring makeup do you need for the perfect pout? This tutorial will guide you through everything you need to know about lip contouring.
Preparing your lips for contour
A hydrating lip balm with peppermint oil or beeswax will smooth out any remaining dry areas, but make sure you blot away any excess so the colour application stays put for longer.
Conceal your natural lips for contouring
Define your lip contour
If using a pencil liner, ensure it’s sharp yet soft in texture. This can be achieved by warming the pencil in between your forefinger and thumb. If the liner pencil tugs rather than glides, it will need a little more time for softening.
Start the contour process with your cupid's bow (the section that falls right in the middle of your top lip). Begin by shaping the letter ‘X’ from each top corner and in the corners of your mouth, being careful not to round the edges as this can create a more oval shape to your smile.
If you’re new to the lip contouring process, focus the liner just around the centre points of your lips. This draws the eye towards this part of your mouth, resulting in a fuller looking pout. The trick here is to look as if you’re blowing a kiss. Clever, huh?
You can also use the side of the lip pencil and adopt a shading technique rather than drawing a line, giving a more of a natural effect. You can always correct with concealer or a handy cotton bud dipped in makeup remover if you make a mistake.
If you have the concealer to hand, try tracing lightly around the edges of your mouth, which will naturally prevent any bleeding or feathering outside of the lip line. A bit of foundation or setting powder works wonders, too.
The right shade of lipstick for your lip contour
It’s important you make sure your lipstick and lip liner match. Don’t worry – we’ve got your back. Our Color Riche Satin in Gone With The Nude or Hollywood Beige have been created to complement the lip liners we mentioned earlier.
Use two shades of lipstick to create an ombré effect, making sure to blend well. You can do this by concentrating the lighter of the two colours in the centre of your lips – read our article on How to Ombré Lips.
The finishing touches to your contoured lips
If you’re looking to really pop your lip contour, apply a small amount of lip gloss to the middle of your bottom and top lips to add the finishing touch.
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