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Ask An Expert: How can I fake fuller-looking lips without resorting to fillers?

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Q How can I fake fuller-looking lips without resorting to lip fillers? Charlotte, Battersea


A Lisa Oxenham, Marie Claire Beauty Director says:


‘Despite the focus on statement brows and feline eyes, pillow-plumped, ultra-voluminous mouths now take centre stage. So what’s new?


‘Today’s technology means – like facial fillers – lip fillers are no-longer needed. Lip plumpers containing the hydrating ingredient hyaluronic acid and soft, reflective textures are your new go-tos,’ says make-up artist Sonia Deveney who perfects this lip look on Victoria Secret supers Barbara Palvin and Nadine Leopald.


‘A lipstick with a super sheer sheen, slightly transparent pigment and the perfect colour match are your golden rules.’ This lip look has a plethora of plus points: it’s an instant face brightener, makes you look 'done' even if you’re not and most importantly it’s an instant route to a filler-free boost. Follow this guide to the fullest pout possible:


STEP 1: PREP


Start by gently rubbing a targeted scrub like Estée Lauder Envy Smooth Sugar Scrub in circular motion over your lips. ‘A baby’s toothbrush or a damp flannel also works to stimulate blood flow and whip off any dead skin,’ says Deveney. ‘This step is critical as otherwise any roughness will show up under the metallic make-up to come.’ Next apply a deeply hydrating lip treatment such as ESPA Nourishing Lip Treatment, which contains plumping hyaluronic acid that seeps into the skin to hydrate, soothe, condition and plump from within. Dab balm on top. Fabled by Marie Claire swears by By Terry Baume De Rose Lip Balm which strengthens the natural skin barrier and keep lips moist and sheeny – an effect you want as matte texture can make lips look flat.


STEP 2: LINE


First identify your lip shape and understand what areas you would like volume. ‘If you have an extra thin top or bottom lip draw over it with a very sheer, nude lip pencil,’ say Deveney who suggests Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lip Pencil in Clear. ‘If you want to define and accentuate the cupids bow, blend a cream highlighter onto the top lip before applying the lip liner but keep it soft,’ she says.


Illamasqua Aura Topcoat is a super-refined highlighter. If you your lips are thin all over Deveney recommends applying your lip pencil over the entire lip to prevent the line from being too harsh.


STEP 3: FILL


Now is the time to create your optical illusion. ‘If one lip is smaller than the other use a darker lip colour on larger lip and a very slightly lighter colour on the smaller lip to balance them out,’ says Deveney.


Then go for a deeply moisturising lipstick like Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Plump-in-Colour. This lipstick hero is infused with coconut and pomegranate oils and contains glycols to boost circulation and peppermint extract for a cooling, lip enhancing sensation. Or try a plumping gloss stick like Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Portly Peach. Deveney recommends using a wide brush for optimum application to blend the lipstick into the liner. ‘Regular lip brushes tend to be on the small side so go with a concealer brush like Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush instead.’


STEP 4: FINISH


Nothing boosts lips faster than a gloss. ‘The power of lip gloss lies in the fact you are unequivocally drawing attention to the mouth,’ says Deveney. Nars Multi-Use Gloss is wearable and not too sticky or gloopy. Just apply it to the middle of the lips and pat them together.


Smashbox O-Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper can be worn on its own and goes on clear and adjusts to your personal lip shade. If you want to really go big, choose glosses with a hint of shimmer.


bareMinerals Moxie Plumping Lip Gloss is like refined glitter so it’s subtle but still catches the light to make lips appear fuller. Layer it up but use the applicator to blend towards the outer edges to prevent it from looking too Barbie.


HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT NUDE LIP SHADE


Hunting for the perfect nude can be an arduous task. Though all of us have different skin to hair tones, here are 12 new suits-you shades to get you started:


BEST FOR DARKER SKIN TONES:


Illamasqua Nude Collection Antimatter Lipstick in Elara 
A satin-soft tint of chocolate


BEST FOR PALE SKIN TONES:


Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Desirable 
High intensity nude pigment in one stroke.


BEST FOR OLIVE SKIN TONES:


Laura Mercier Velour Extreme in Seaside 
Olive skin can experiment with both colour and texture. This is a creamy colour that needs a gloss on top.


BEST FOR DARK HAIR + PALE SKIN:


By Terry Lip-Expert Shine No.10 in Bare Flirt 
This beautiful combination can get away with most colours but looks especially good with this chic shade of nude.


BEST FOR BLONDE HAIR + PALE SKIN:


Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick – 01 Nude Blossom 
A warm, matte pink nude works well on paler complexions and lighter hair.


BEST FOR BLONDE HAIR + TANNED SKIN:


Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Plump in Shade 1 (Mad Nude) 
A brighter nude will give you perfect sun-kissed glamour to make your tan pop.


BEST FOR BROWN HAIR + OLIVE SKIN:


Burberry Lip Velvet in Pale Rose 402 
With dark hair you can get away with more colour but concentrate on warmth. Think rose, spice and berry nudes.


BEST FOR BLACK HAIR + DARKER SKIN:


Lancome L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine Lipstick in 232 
Darker skin looks beautiful with a nude that has a rust undertone.


BEST FOR GREY HAIR + MEDIUM SKIN:


Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in Pinky Nude 
A punchier nude lip adds vibrancy to grey hair and older skin.


If you need any more persuading, Laura Mercier fans should 100% make a beeline for the Laura Mercier Rouge Essential Silky Crème Lipstick Collection – which has 7 nude shades to best complement your individual skin tone and under tone. Fabled by Marie Claire Executive Content Editor Gilly Ferguson is hooked on Beige Intime.

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