How to paint your lips into a "cupid's bow"

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How to paint your lips into a "cupid's bow"

You don't have to get collagen injections for full, plump lips. All it really takes is some skill with lip make-up products such as lip liner and lipgloss. With enough practice, you can enhance the natural "cupid's bow" of your upper lip thus making your lips look more prominent. It's the lip shape made popular by 1940s screen sirens, and it basically serves as the lips equivalent of the "smoky eye."

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Light pink lip liner
  • Deeper pink, mauve or mocha lip liner
  • Lipgloss
  • Cream lipstick
  • Lip brush

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  1. 1

    Using the lip liner, place the pencil over the centre of your upper lip and draw in a "V" shape.

    How to paint your lips into a "cupid's bow"
  2. 2

    Using the lip brush, blend the lip liner into your upper lip for a softer look.

  3. 3

    Take the darker lip liner and line your lower lip. To achieve a plumper pout, graze the lip liner just slightly below your lower lip.

  4. 4

    Use the brush to blend in the darker liner deeper into your lower lip to soften the line.

  5. 5

    Dip your brush into the lipstick and blend the colour into your lower and upper lips.

Tips and warnings

  • For a finishing touch, apply some light lipgloss for a soft glow.

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