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Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe she’s not. And by “it,” we mean Angelina Jolie’s luscious lips. Whether you have always been thin-lipped or are suddenly experiencing a loss of volume (a common side effect of aging), here are a few makeup and skin-care tips to keep in mind for maximizing what you’ve got.
1. Skip Dark Red Lipsticks
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We love a moody lip color as much as the next girl, but deeper shades tend to recede your pout, making it appear smaller. Instead, nudes and soft pink tones are your best bet. Using a flesh-toned pencil, trace just slightly outside your natural lip line. Then fill in your lips completely with the pencil before topping them off with a lipstick in a similar shade to enjoy the magic of optical illusion.
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Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Shaper Plumping Lip Liner
Dior Addict Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Cream
2. Be Strategic About Shine
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More specifically, use lip gloss but don’t use it all over. Apply just a touch to the center of your upper and bottom lips. This will reflect light and give them more of a 3-D effect. Finish with a dab of highlighter (or champagne-colored eye shadow) on your Cupid’s bow (the peak of your top lip) to add even more depth.
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss Non-Sticky Lip Gloss
Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper
3. Bring Focus To Your Eyes
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Whether it’s bold brows, fluttery lashes or statement eyeshadow: Don’t be afraid to go big on the eyes to counteract your petite pout. And since you’re going neutral on the lips, a heavier eye won’t look too overdone.
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about-face Brow Artist
Lancôme Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara
Natasha Denona I Need a Nude Eyeshadow Palette
4. Boost Circulation
Before you even put on any lipstick, take a toothbrush, washcloth or lip scrub and gently rub it over your lips in a circular motion. Not only does this help nix flakes (dry lips reflect less light, making them look smaller), but it also promotes circulation (which can temporarily plump them up a bit).
5. Add Moisture
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Whether you prefer a convenient stick or a thicker salve, keeping your lips hydrated is key to making them look fuller. Slather on your balm of choice after exfoliating and whenever your lips feel dry.
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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Lip Gloss Balm
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment Lip Balm
6. Protect Your Lips From The Sun
Surprise, surprise, UV rays can age your lips. More specifically, they break down collagen, which leads to thinning over time. Prevent future deflation by wearing a lipstick or balm with a minimum of SPF 15 whenever you’re outside.
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EltaMD UV Lip Balm SPF36
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Supergoop! PLAY Lip Balm SPF 30 PA+++
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Banana Boat Sport Ultra SPF 50 Lip Sunscreen
$6 at Amazon
7. Treat Your Lips At Night
Skincare shouldn’t stop with your eye cream. Consider a nighttime lip treatment that has peptides and hyaluronic acid in it to help plump lips and soften lines while you sleep. This way you’ll be in an even better place to master all the tricks above.
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Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment
Nudestix Nudeskin Hydra-Peptide Lip Butter
Kopari Beauty Tri-Peptide Lip Cloud Treatment
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