Contouring for Dramatic Lips

Believe it or not but you can actually enhance the shape of your lips. When you want a dramatic look, this is a go to tactic from the professionals.

Maybe a dramatic overall face contour isn’t for you. But what about lip contour?  As we age, our lips begin to thin naturally overtime, but contouring the lip can restore volume.  Contouring is simply about adding dimension.  It’s about the light and the dark to create that added volume and dimension.  However the darker the shade the smaller the lips can appear.

To do this, you’ll need a liner,  lipstick in complementary shades with one two shades lighter than the other, as well as concealer and a gloss.  Make sure to use a liner is at least darker than your natural lip tone.  If you use the same color as your lipstick, it takes away the illusion.

There are two ways to contour your lips: Marilyn Monroe Style or Kabuki style.

Before you begin make sure you prep!  Start with a cleansed face that has been exfoliated, make sure the lips are exfoliated to scrub off any dry patches.

Marilyn Monroe Contouring for Dramatic Lips

This technique is nothing new and it should makes us all think that looking fabulous and camera ready takes time!  Marilyn was known for her contouring lips by applying darker reds on the outer corners and lighter hues brushed in the middle of the lips.

First line your lips just slightly outside of the lip line over the edge where there’s a slight ridge before the pigment of your lips begins. Draw the lines going inward toward the center of your mouth. The liner shade should be the shade nearest to the darkest lipstick.  Using the dark lipstick, apply to the outer half of your lips.  Carefully fill in the center with the second, lighter shade.

Kabuki Contouring for Dramatic Lips

First line your lips just slightly outside of the lip line over the edge where there’s a slight ridge before the pigment of your lips begins. Draw the lines going inward toward the center of your mouth.  The liner shade should be the shade nearest to the darkest lipstick.  Take the liner and make a soft heart drawing using the top hills of the lips to form the heart.  Fill the out areas of the heart with the lighter lip shade and the inner heart area with the darker shade.

Use a sponge or brush to carefully blend the two shades together, making sure not to verge too far into the others’ territory. If you make a mistake onto the face area, use a concealer to  around the edges.  Concealer also helps make the lips pop out.

Keep in mind, this isn’t a look you can just swipe on and forget about. It definitely requires regular upkeep.  But when you want drama, you can believe this will give it to you!

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