It's no secret that the makeup world is pretty obsessed with contouring. The most recent type of contouring is the lip contouring. No, not over-drawing your lips. Full-on contouring.
Just like some women want to carve themselves some cheekbones, others want to fake themselves a pair of Angelina Jolie-level lips. And, by using the same techniques as regular contouring, you can actually manipulate the shape of your lips. It is definitely for a woman who goes for drama with her look.
So, what do you need to know to pull off a contoured lip? First, make sure you prep. Women tend to put too much lip balm on first thing in the morning, but you don't need so much. Scrub off the dry patches, then pop a non-greasy balm on your pout.
Next, reach for your lip pencil. This is definitely key, make sure to use a liner that is a little bit darker than your natural lip tone. If you use the same color as your lipstick, it takes away the illusion. Contouring is about adding dimension and carefully manipulating the light and the dark parts of your lip.
The best place to draw is just slightly outside the border of the lip. Resist the urge to draw too high above the natural lip line — it will look too obviously over-drawn. For the actual product, always opt for a long-wear lip liner and a pencil that boasts both a highlighter and a contour tip. Use the shading stick on the border of your lips, and then the highlight on the cupid's bow and in the center of the lip.
When it comes to colors, pick lighter shades over darker for dark lipsticks will make your lips look smaller. Pick your shade, then apply it directly from the tube so it will last longer. Don't be afraid of a shimmer or a gloss. Dot it in the center of your lips to help them look fuller. If you need to touch up throughout the day, make sure to use the liner and the lipstick in tandem. Just remove the gunk around your lips with a Q-tip.
Keep in mind, this isn't a look you can just swipe on and forget about, for it requires regular upkeep.