How do I Plump Lips?

You can have Scarlett's sultry lips with a few makeup tricks.

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What do Angeline Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Megan Fox have in common? Well, there's the fabulous movie roles, millions of dollars, history of relationships with some of Hollywood's hottest hunks, and then there's their stunning looks, punctuated by those full lips. Big lips are beautiful and sexy when done right and done naturally. Forget painful collagen injections that can leave you looking like Donald Duck. Plump up your puckers at home with simple makeup tricks for the most kissable lips.


Moisturize your lips with a dab of petroleum jelly or lip balm for about 3 minutes to loosen any dead skin and prime your puckers for plump perfection.


Choose your color. Light lipstick colors work best as dark and matte colors can actually make your lips look thinner. You can still go for a cherry red kisser, but you might not get the full effect of these plumping tricks.


Line your lips on your lip line with a pencil of the same shade as your chosen lip color. For most lips, just line the middle of the top and middle of the bottom of the lips, skipping the corners. If you have super skinny lips, you can line all the way around, just outside the lip line, and fill in the space between your real lip line and the newly created one.


Color inside the lip line with your chosen lip color. For best results, apply the color with a lip brush.


Make the plumpness pop with one last finishing touch. Apply lip gloss in a much lighter color at the center top and bottom of your lips. If you've got the extra cash to burn, you can buy a lip highlighter just for this purpose.

Things You'll Need


1.Petroleum jelly or lip balm

3.Lip pencil

5.Light-colored lip gloss


4.Lip brush

6.Cotton swab


Tips & Tricks


If your pencil line is too obvious, rub a cotton swab across it to help blend the colors.

Skinny-lipped girls: If you're going to line outside your natural lip line, err on the side of caution, otherwise you'll look more like Bozo the Clown than Beyoncé the Fierce.


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