Ok y’all.. The lip combo y’all have been WAITING FOR.
Best thing is - I’ve now found an INCREDIBLE drugstore version (not an exact dupe but I’m obsessed with the drugstore products !!!)
So as y’all know, outside of filming content on myself, I am a makeup artist that has had the opportunity to glam clients from Texas, Nashville, LA and New York. IT’S BEEN SO FREAKING FUN.
Obviously, every face is different and I do NOT do a one size fits all technique on every face I get to glam. BUT I DO FEEL LIKE I’VE FOUND MY SIGNATURE LIP that looks good on literally everyone. This lip is what I do on SO MANY Bridal clients, bridesmaids, event glam, and also girls that I KNOW Y’ALL KNOW like Lauren Lane, Emily Herren (Champagneandchanel <3), Lauryn Evarts Bosstick (SkinnyConfidential), Mary Ralph Lawson, Payton Sartain, Blaze Shipley, Victoria Paul and MOREEEE. Part, I’m proud to list off my clients that I’ve worked so hard to get (LMAO) and part, I USE THIS LIP ON LEGIT EVERYONE. Can you tell ?!!!
So I’m going to get very specific but also there are a FEW interchangeable products that you can use here depending on your skin tone or just personal fav that will really get you the same look. AS I ALWAYS PREACH, it’s MORE about technique tweaks than really the product itself… although having these products DEFINITELY HELPS.
Three things you will need:
- Bronzer around the lips
- Lip Liner
- Lip stick
- A NUDEY GLOSS OBVI
So to start, BRONZER AROUND THE LIPS. I feel like I talk about this all day everyday but hey some of y’all are new and we have to EDUCATE. So in short, just like how we “contour the face” to “create shadows”... if you are like wait what, I’m new and know nothing.
WHEN YOU CONTOUR THE FACE, YOU TYPICALLY USE A PRODUCT WITH MORE OF A GREY UNDERTONE TO MIMIC A REAL LIFE SHADOW. YOU ALSO PLACE THE CONTOUR WHERE YOU WANT TO CREATE A DIP, RECEDE A FEATURE, OR CREATE A FAKE SHADOW TO THE EYE. aka… snatch the face.
Now that we are all caught up, I try to preach that just as you contour the outer part of your face (think Kim K’s infamous 3 shape) you HAVE to contour the inner portion of your face - think eyes, nose, and mouth. On the theme of creating shadows, imagine if you had MASSIVE LIPS or just more full lips. Naturally, because they would be puffed out, they would create a SHADOW around your mouth from their size. SOOOOO. When we contour around the lips we are creating a FAKE SHADOW which DECEIVES THE EYES that your lips look bigger than they are. It’s called science.
WE ARE HERE TO DECEIVE MEN THAT WE ARE SNATCHED GLOWY GODDESSES.
If you don’t like the look of bigger or plumper lips - skip this step! This isn’t going to immediately give u like porn star lips (no shade but u know what i mean), but it DOES enhance the shape of your NATURAL lip. Ok. PERIODT.
You can use ANY cream OR powder contour shade.
My favs - Patrick Ta Cream / Powder Duo in She’s Sculpted (use code makeupxka15)
Benefit HOOLA bronzer
DRUGSTORE** Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer
NEXT - lip liner. Y’all know I RIDEEEEE for some lip liner. The key here is to ONLYYYY overline in the center of your mouth, top and bottom lip. From the center, as you work out to the outer corners, stay TRUE to your natural lip line. This will make it as naturally plump as you can get it.
NOW - for a quick geometry lesson bc I try to explain this and I’m working on how to do better. THE TRICK TO THE PLUMP LIPS IS THE TRIANGLES THAT YOU WILL DRAW ON EACH OUTER CORNER.
So think top lip first. You will 2 triangles, one on the left outer corner and one on the right outer corner. The POINT of the triangle starts at the actual corner of your mouth / lip. The two sides angle like a:
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DOES THAT VISUAL HELP?? Do you see the outer corner of mouth triangles?
You do that on the top and bottom lip exactly. This creates a plump in the center from the shading of the lip liner on the outer edges. Just TRUST.
If you want more info, I talked about it a lotttttt at the lips portion of my BACK TO BASICS RECORDING CLASS!!
SO WHAT THE HECK IS THE PRODUCT KELLI ANNE?! I get it.
What I’ve been LOVINGGGGGGGGGG - MakeupForever Wherever Walnut Liner
Game changer. It’s a beautiful Nudey Pink Nude. Not too pink. It’s my go to.
OPTIONS THOUGH !!
If you want more of a brown pink nude try MakeupForever Anywhere Caffeine
Also love KKW Nude 1 for skin tones similar to mine, Nude 1.5 for a little more tanned gals and Nude 2 for deeper skin tones. https://kkwbeauty.com
If you want a more STRAIGHT NUDEY liner - Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Nude is my GO TO.
Most similar to Wherever Walnut - NYX Natural
More Nudey like Iconic Nude (exact dupe) - NYX Nude Beige
More WARM TONE nude - similar to anywhere caffeine - Sephora Light Brown
Ok, now LIPSTICK. This one is easy - you just plump the TINIEST BIT on the center of your lips and then use your finger to blend it in. I do NOT WANT TO SEE any full lipstick swipes on the lips. Less is more here.
MY SHADE IN ALL THESE PICS IS DISCONTINUED - but I’ve found a few dupes that I LOVE. More details to come on this!!
I LOVED THIS LIP. NYX Cairo (more true nude)
Revlon Make it Pink (more pink nude) USED IN MY RECORDING !!!
Same technique, blot blot blot. ****
NOW FOR GLOSSSSSS. I feel like this is also pretty simple. Y’all KNOW I ride for a good gloss. Every, single, time. Unless a client is like HARD PASS.
BUT NOT JUST ANY GLOSS. It has to be perfectly not sticky, smell GOOD (y’all know how I am about smells) and the best ones have plumper in them. Focus on the center of lips and they will IMMEDIATELY look plump, hydrated and juicy. WE LOVE A NUDE GLOSS.
RIDE OR DIE NUDE GLOSS.
MY NEW FAV DRUGSTORE LIP OF ALL TIME.
Madison Beer x Morphe collab gloss in shade Mercury - UNREAL.
Also love Maybelline Lifter in shade ICE.
HERE'S SOME INSPO: