Making your lips smaller is all about what types of makeup you use and how you use them. Make your lips smaller with help from a celebrity makeup artist in this free video clip.
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Hi, my name is Taylor Babaian. I'm a celebrity makeup artist, and today I'm going to show you how to make your lips look smaller. So, when you have gorgeous, full lips like Chelsea, you're very happy with it. So, why would you want to make it look smaller? However, you might limit yourself in the range of colors that you can wear. Oftentimes, bold colors make the lips look overwhelming. So, I'm going to show you a way to reduce that. So, my technique is to always neutralize your existing lip using some foundation, using a lip liner to create a new shape, and then finishing off with your bold lip color. So, to get the look, I'm going to use L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in refined ruby. So, I'm choosing this beautiful red color, and I'm choosing it just because she actually has this beautiful red top on, and it's going to pair very well with her copper eye shadow. But first, I'm going to apply a little bit of lip liner. So, we've already prepared Chelsea's mouth. What I basically did was just take her foundation color and take it over her existing lip. And what that does is it cancels out her lip line. And then we're going to basically put it back in using liner. Now, for darker skin, I always like to use a dark chocolate brown. So, if you can't find a dark chocolate brown liner, you can always use eyeliner. Just make sure that you clean it very well in between. So, I'm going to reshape her mouth, and the reason that we do this, you basically want to choose a shade a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone. And for Chelsea, that's going to be a nice chocolate brown. So, Chelsea's lower lip is slightly larger than her upper lip, so I'm just going to kind of work the dark color in a little bit, towards the center of the mouth. And it doesn't have to be pretty. It doesn't have to be perfect. And then we'll do a few slashes in the center, just so that we don't have a line of demarcation. And it blends very well. Now, I'm going to use the red lip color, and we're going to go over that lip liner. And you want to make sure that you go over every bit of dark brown. So, I always like to use a lip brush whenever I'm applying a lot of lip liner underneath, or if I'm using a bold color, just because you want that precision, because it is going to be bold. And you want to make sure you get over every brown stroke. So, if you have really fair skin, your liner color might be a taupe. So, what I'm doing is I'm actually applying my lip color on top of my liner, and blending it into the center of the mouth. That way, you still have the darkness and the dimension, but it gets lighter as you go into the center of the mouth. Another thing to consider is choosing a lip color that's either matte or satin. Anything with too much shine is going to make fuller lips look even fuller. So, look at Chelsea's beautiful mouth. It's beautiful and red and full, but it's not overpowering. So, there's three things to consider when you're doing that. You definitely want to first polish off the mouth using the foundation, then apply the liner, and use a liner that's a couple shades darker than your natural skin tone. I prefer not to use something with color, something more like a neutral tone with browns. Have it blend in so it creates that 3-D effect, so the lips don't look drawn on. They look natural. And then, of course, put your red or bold color on top of that liner and blend it well so that you get a nice, beautiful 3-D effect. So, there you have it. That's how you make your lips look smaller. I'm Taylor Babaian. Thanks for watching.