The Lazy-Girl Way to Make Your Lips Look Bigger

No fillers required.

These days, it feels like everyone's aiming for fuller lips, from Tinseltown starlets jumping on the lip-filler bandwagon to models who may or may not cosmetically enhance their pout. But as a normie without the budget (or the stomach, really) for needles and lip fillers, there are so many natural alternatives for amping up your born-with-it features. Sometimes it just requires rethinking the basics you've already stocked in your toiletry bag: from foundation to your toothbrush (yes, really). Below, we asked makeup artist and beauty blogger Hillary Kline for her expert recommendations on creating fuller, more defined lips without much effort or expertise required. Lazy girls, this one goes out to you.

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1 Start With a Balm

As a gentle base before starting with any other products, Kline recommends reaching for your favorite lip balm for added hydration, especially in the winter. "Let the balm sit on the lips for about five minutes before moving onto the next step," she says. 

Editor's Tip: If fillers and chemical plumpers aren't your aim, seek out balms that boast mint as one of the active ingredients. A natural pout-enhancer and skin soother, this herb revs up blood flow too.

Try: Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm Tin, $7; amazon.com.

2 Fight Off Flakes

Flaky, scaly lips reflect less light, making them look smaller and duller. An easy, instant way to enhance your lips is to scrub away dead skin and flakes with a toothbrush, says Kline. An added bonus? The small circular motions with the toothbrush help to boost your circulation, too, promoting a naturally rosy hue. 

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3 Prime with Foundation

Before even adding color, Kline suggests priming lips with foundation (the same way you would with your face) to act as a base, help with smoother lipstick application, and make the lip product last a little longer. "I also like to use concealer to fake a larger canvas. Pat concealer onto the lips and spread it a little over your lip line," she says. 

Try: Lock-It Foundation, $35; katvondbeauty.com.

4 Don't Forget the Cupid's Bow

Old-Hollywood star Clara Bow may not have gained a ton of fame for her silent film career, but she became a beauty icon for her perfectly-emphasized lips—in particular the ultra-feminine, exaggerated dip below her nose—AKA the cupid's bow. 

Kline suggests playing yours up  by applying highlighter smack-dab in the middle of your upper line to reflect light there. If you're feeling extra ambitious, follow that up with bronzer dusted very lightly underneath the center point of your bottom lip to create a shadow, says Kline. 

Try: Becca Glow on the Go in 'Opal,' $20; ulta.com.

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5 Go a Touch Darker

A tried-and-true secret among makeup artists is to line and fill in your pout with a slightly darker shade of lip liner before applying any pretty pigments. 

Says Kline, "Pick a lip liner that is one to two shades darker than your natural lip color. Then, line from your Cupid's bow out to the corners of your mouth and taper the line down to meet up with your natural lip line. By using a lip liner that's similar to your natural lip color, it makes it look more realistic. NYX Cosmetics and Rimmel carry some of my favorite—and extremely affordable—lip liners." 

Try: Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 'Red Diva,' $7; ulta.com.  Suede Lip Liner in 'Copenhagen,' $4; nyxcosmetics.com.

6 Color Outside the Lines

Another trick of makeup aces (looking at you Kylie) is to trace along the *outer* ridge of your lips with your lip liner—as opposed to inside or on the line—and then fill in your lips with lipstick

The key is to do this so subtly that you can't even tell,though Kline says this may require some practice for beginners, since it's easy to overdo the line for a cartoonish effect. To create the look, she suggests  trying a lip liner similar to the shade of lipstick you're using.

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7 Contour (2.0)

Contouring can create a faux shadow to make your bottom lip look bigger and add dimension, says Kline. With a bronzer or a darker neutral powder, lightly shade right below your lower lip line.

Try: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer Powder, $36; sephora.com.

8 Don't Go Dark

It might seem counterintuitive, but if you're going for extra emphasis on your lips, avoid darker colors. Aside from being trickier to apply, Kline says that "dark colors flatten the appearance of your mouth" and instead recommends opting for  nudes or pale pinks to make your pout look naturally larger.

As a bonus, if you want to go for a cool ombre effect, Kline suggests applying  a lighter lipstick shade on the center of your lips. 

Try: M.A.C lipstick in "See Sheer," $17; maccosmetics.com. Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in "Baby Pale Pink," $20; dermstore.com. Essence Nude Longlasting Lipstick in "Porcelain Doll," $3; ulta.com

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9 Get Glossy

Remember those shimmery lip glosses you were drawn to as a teen? It turns out those types of sparkly products make your lips look plumper by picking up natural light. Kline recommends dabbing your favorite clear lip gloss onto the middle of your lips for a lip-highlighting effect. 

Try: Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in 'Blushing,' $4; target.com.

10 Plump and Tingle

For a temporary boost, try a lip gloss that tingles as it plumps. Not only will you get a sensation that reminds you of those Lip Venom glory days, but all you really need is a few minutes of fuller lips to shoot the selfie, no?

Try: Glamglow Plumprageous Gloss Lip Treatment, $24; sephora.com.

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