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What lip shape are you? – a guide to perfecting your pout!

coloured lip with macro lens
Hello Ladies,
Lipstick has now become more popular than ever and it seems that anything goes. I for one am delighted as there is nothing more feminine and in some cases bad ass, than a dash of colour. If finding the right colour isn’t near impossible figuring out how to apply it properly can be pretty tough. Both colour and application usually go hand in hand so I’ve chosen some of the main lip types and  a few tips to help you out along the way.

Large mouth with full lips
Apply foundation or concealer (nothing too drying, we don’t want cakey lips) to the entire mouth, then outline with a dark shade of lipstick just inside the natural contours of the mouth. Then apply lipstick of a lighter shade carefully and accurately within this outline. Lighter/ more subdued shades work well for this kind of mouth. Use medium toned lip colours and avoid dark browns, plums, electric brights or pale shimmer shades.
Small mouth with small lips 
People regularly give out about this but I personally think that these are the lip types that are  most easily corrected. All you have to do is ever so slightly take the lip liner pencil outside the natural lip line. Remember, SLIGHTLY -it needs to be a super subtle line to create an illusion as opposed to an obvious attempt which only draws further attention to the issue. Work slowly and steadily to form a perfect shape. I like to lightly fill in with your pencil and then your lipstick. A highlight  on the upper lip just above the cupids bow will create the illusion of a full and pouty kisser 🙂
Full upper lip
Again apply foundation or concealer but only on the upper lip. Outline just inside its natural contour and apply a dark shade of lipstick. Then outline the lower lip just outside its natural contour and emphasize by filling in with a lighter shade of lipstick. Basically we are trying emphasise the lower lip as we did with the ‘small mouth, small lips’, this attempts to balance them out.
Full lower lip
Do exactly the opposite of above!! Conceal the bottom lip with foundation or concealer and line just inside the natural lip line and apply a darker shade of colour than the upper. As I said…the opposite of the above 🙂
Wide Mouth
I think this is my biggest problem….I’ve a pretty big mouth and when I have a red or deep colours on it can be even more apparent. Start with covering the corners of the mouth with foundation or concealer. Apply lipstick with a lip brush, stopping a few mm before the corners of the mouth are reached. This brings our focus into the colour and away from the edges. Boom….no more joker face 🙂
As always, please comment, and if you have any questions at all please shoot!! Have I missed any lips?!
Photo credit to http://www.jayeshpankhania.com/main/ (there are some pretty stunning lip shots, worth a look)
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