Pop (culture) quiz: Which member of the Kardashian klan was most talked about this year? No, it's not Kim and her over-the-top wedding or Kendall's mega-successful modeling career... it's Kylie's lips! That's right, the youngest Kardashian takes the kake for being most talked-about this year, and it's all due to those luscious lips of hers.
Some have speculated that she's had plastic surgery, as her lips do seem noticably plumper than they did just a few years ago, but this beauty blogger is inclined to think that Kylie is just a mega-talented makeup artist! There are tons of little tips and tricks on how to fake bigger-looking lips, just with makeup. Check out this video to see how you, too, can can have a mouth as kissable as Kylie's!
Follow this step-by-step guide so that you can rock lips like Kylie's!
To achieve Kylie's look, I started by exfoliating my lips using the LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub ($9.95 at LUSH) to remove any dead skin and then applied the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26 at Sephora) to hydrate my lips and prep them.
The lip liner is the most important part of this lip look, because this is where you will be cheating larger lips. Start with a lip liner a few shades darker than your natural lip color. I used the Maybelline Color Senational Lip Liner in Rose ($6.19 at Rite Aid) but Kylie is rumored to use MAC Lip Liner in Whirl ($16 at MAC Cosmetics). Start overdrawing your lip line slightly, focusing more on adding volume closer to the corners of your mouth than the center, creating a round, full shape. If you have a prominent Cupid's bow like I do, gently shade along the bottom of your Cupid's bow, making it more subtle and rounded. As I said in the video, I really only added volume to my top lip as my bottom lip is fuller naturally, but this is different for everyone, so fill in wherever your lips are a bit thinner!
Kylie is known for a retro matte, '90s-inspired lipstick in a brownish nude, slightly pink shade. I used the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes Lipstick in Touch of Spice ($7.99 at ULTA), but it turned out a bit more berry than brown. To more closely replicate Kylie's look, try MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy ($16 at MAC Cosmetics), which is the shade she is rumored to wear. Apply the lipstick all over your lips, making sure to meet up with the lip liner, even though it will be over your natural lip line. If you're not used to wearing lipstick, use a lip brush for more precision.
Contour and highlight
This part is totally optional, but you can create the illusion of fuller lips using shadow and highlight. I created a shadow under the lowest part of my bottom lip using the shadow Salted Caramel from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette ($49 at Sephora), very lightly creating a contour to fake a fuller bottom lip. I then took just a bit of White Chocolate from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette ($49 at Sephora) on my finger and dabbed it along the highest part of my Cupid's bow to add dimension.
As I mentioned in the video, if you are trying to make your lips look as big as possible, finish off the look with a clear lip gloss, like the Wet n Wild Lip Gloss in Crystal Clear ($1.99 at CVS), concentrated in the center of your lips. This will higlight your lips and make them appear fuller. If you're going for the true Kylie look, though, skip the gloss and rock the matte look!
To allow your lips to take center stage, stick to champagne or bronze shadows and thick lashes, but take it easy on the eyeliner! And if you really want to emulate Kylie, fill in your brows for a bold look and highlight and contour your face for those famous Kardashian kontours!
Hopefully these before and after photos (#awkwardposing) show you just how easy it is to fake fuller, fabulous lips like Kylie's. All you need are a few simple products to transform your face and make an impact.
Will you be trying out this look, kollegiettes? Let us know in the comments!