We are our own worst critics when it comes to our appearance. Our nose is too big or too small, or our eyes are the wrong shape or color. One of the biggest flaws that we determine for ourselves is our less than perfect lips. There are some diy ideas that you can implement to achieve beautiful looking lips to make those lips of yours look far more beautiful than what they already are, even if you don’t think so.
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The lip texture:
Before you start concentrating on the size of your lips focus on the texture first. If they are not moist then they will have a tendency to be taunt, which makes them look even smaller than they may be. They will also crack and create crevices that make them look less than pretty.
Just as you exfoliate your face to remove the dead skin cells, do the same with your lips only be extra gentle. What is made for your skin for exfoliation may not be ideal for your lips. Here is a wonderful lip exfoliation that you can make yourself:
In a small bowl pour some olive oil and add a little granulated white sugar to this. Just enough so the mixture feels gritty, almost like a runny paste.
With a gentle circular motion gently exfoliate the lips with the paste. Don’t rub too vigorously or for too long, as this can damage the sensitive skin underneath. Rinse the mixture off your lips using tepid water then pat dry.
You need to treat these with some form of conditioner. Now you can buy some lip balm for a quick fix, but this is just like putting a bandaid on your lips. You need to correct the problem. So staying with this do it yourself approach to you creating beautiful lips here is a recipe for lip balm that is really effective and dirt cheap to make:
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- A double boiler or melting pot (I use a melting pot- as seen in the first photo)
- A glass jar (to mix the ingredients into)
- a metal spoon (to stir the ingredients)
- a metal tsp for measuring
- The recipe yields 1/2 ounce. Just enough to put inside the lid of a bottle. I use a top from an old spice bottle.
- 3 teaspoons grated unbleached beeswax (Know your source, you don’t want any chemicals in there!)
- 5 teaspoons carrier oil (I use jojoba but some other options are sunflower or castor)
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E
- 1 tsp honey
For glossier lip balm, use 2 tsp wax and 8 tsp of the carrier oil.
Now for the exact instructions for making this you can find them here.
Creating a Lip Base:
Once you have got your lips looking in good shape, you can add a very thin coat of your regular foundation to your lips to serve as the base for holding your lip base.
Dark recedes light brings out:
You want to create the illusion that your lips are bigger than they are. One method of doing this is to apply a lighter shade of foundation carefully just above the cupid’s bow of your lips. Do not apply too much and make sure it is blended in with your foundation.
Under the lower lip area use a darker powder than your normal powder color to help recede the area. Again very light, very little and blend well.
Using the right over lining techniques.
This is really something you want to master because if you don’t it can work against you and make it look as though you have clowns lip. Not a good thing!
Work on the cupid’s bow:
Your cupid’s bow can be your best friend as your guide for extending your lip look.
Once you draw this “x” you can now use it as your guideline for drawing in the rest of the lip line.
Some suggest using a darker shade for your lip liner compared to your lip shade. There are pros and cons to this. It can actually make your lips look smaller. You need to experiment with this as lot will depend on your skin complexion as well as your chosen lip colors.
Fill in with matte lipstick:
If you use gloss or translucent it will highlight the lip liner and make it obvious.
Create the attention point:
Use a touch of gloss or a tiny bit of golden colored eyeshadow and apply this lightly to the center section of your lips and blend it out gently.
Harsh line reduction:
You want to be sure there is no line distinction with the lip liner. Using a small amount of concealer on a clean lip brush, go lightly around the lip line.
After all this hard work you want to set the lipstick. Hold a two ply tissue lightly over your lips, and then brush the napkin with translucent powder. This will allow enough of the powder to penetrate the napkin to set the lipstick, without causing the lipstick to clump.
Be sure to check out several of our other diy posts that will help with other areas of your appearance. They are fun and informative too.