The Perfect Pout

The Perfect Pout

Here is how to transform thinner lips into a sexy bee-stung pout with just a few clever make-up tips and tricks.

Fight Off Flakes

Flaky, scaly lips reflect less light, meaning they look smaller and duller. An easy, instant way to make your lips look a touch larger is to scrub your pout daily with your toothbrush. Otherwise try Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub.

Addict Lip Sugar Scrub, £26

Go Nude

A tried and true secret among makeup artists is to line and fill in your pout with nude lip liner before applying any pretty pigments. Creating a uniform canvas not only ensures stay-put colour, it also creates a slightly bigger base for your lipstick.

Lip Cheat Lip Liner, £16


Contouring can create a faux shadow to make your bottom lip look bigger. With a bronzer or a darker neutral powder, lightly shade right below your lower lip line for instant volume.

Bronzing Powder, £29

Get Glossy

Remember those pretty pink and peachy lip glosses you were drawn to as a teen? It turns out those types of light, shimmery glosses make your lips look plumper by giving the illusion of hyper-hydration.

Lip Gloss, £20

Don't Forget the Cupid's Bow

Clara Bow may not have gained a ton of fame for her silent film career, but her impact on beauty trends is legendary. Famous for her perfectly-accentuated lips, and in particular the ultra-feminine, exaggerated dip below her nose, the Hollywood star popularised emphasising this tiny feature. Play up yours by applying highlighter smack-dab in the middle of your upper line to reflect light here.

Catch the Light Highlighter, £20