How to make lips look bigger with makeup

Master overdrawing your lip line
When you think of celebrities with lush, full lips, who comes to mind? If it’s Kylie Jenner, yes, she’s admitted to having lip fillers in the past, but she also uses a quick trick also popular with stars like her sisters Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, as well as the likes of Jennifer Lopez, who swears she’s ‘tweakment’ free. 

It involves slightly filling in the dip in the lip’s cupid’s bow to enhance the shape of your lips. If you take a lip liner and apply it ever so slightly over the edges of your natural lip line, they look much bigger particularly when you use a colour very close to that of your natural lips and follow their natural shape. Choose a liner that glides on easily and doesn’t skip or tug and make sure the finished line is even and symmetrical. You might have to practice a few times first to ensure you stay close to your own line. Fill lips with a very similar colour crème lipstick that isn’t too matte.


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Try a plumping gloss
Plumping glosses wont inflate your pout significantly but they will cause lips to tingle and increase blood flow, making them look slightly deeper in colour. They do this by containing natural ingredients like cinnamon, menthol/peppermint, capsicum or ginger that cause the blood to rush to the surface of the lips, causing a flush of colour and slight swelling. Often they will also contain super-hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid that moisturise and help temporarily smooth out the surface of your lips, helping with that fuller effect. Their brilliant shine helps extend the illusion and they last really well.

Contour the edges
Shading the outer corners of your lips with a lip pencil in a shade slightly deeper than your own lips, focuses attention in the center of your pout. Leave the center of the lip bare and add a lighter or clear gloss. Or you could follow Huda Beauty’s Huda Kattan and use an ashy creme contour stick or a touch of bronzer below the bottom edge of your lips  and blend. The slight shadow will make lips look bigger. Alternatively take some concealer on a lip brush and use it to sharpen the corners and edges of your lip line.

Highlight with gloss
Choosing to finish your pout with a reflective gloss delivers shine that makes lips look much more dimensional than matte. Topping an overlined lip with patent-shine gloss, especially one with a subtle fine reflective shimmer gives the most believable lip boost you can get without a needle involved. Just a dot in the center of the mouth will accentuate the fullest part, or apply all over for intense 3D shine. 


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Use a lip primer
When lips are dry and puckered they don’t look their best, product can settle in lines and catch on flakes. Exfoliate using a dedicated sugar scrub and then applying a smoothing balm or primer. This will create a smooth, plump surface for lipstick and gloss to adhere to, making lips appear more full and the colour lasts longer too. It also helps lips retain hydration for several hours so they will look more lush. 

Highlight your cupid’s bow
While highlighter has mostly been retired in favour of an understated, all-over glow, there is one good use for those pans of intensely illuminating products. Wherever you apply the shimmery powder or cream will create the illusion of being more prominent, so when you dab a touch just above your upper lip it will help emphasise the shape of your mouth.  


The hairstyle everyone will be asking for this summer

Hair trends come and go but one style that seems to endure – albeit in slightly different forms – throughout the years is a bob. 

Right now, a very specific version is cropping up almost everywhere, led by a handful of celebrities that we see on the daily thanks to the constant presence of both paparazzi, and social media, in their lives. 

We’re talking about the chin-grazing blunt bob, and the women making it the one of the most desirable looks for hair this summer.  

In particular it’s Kourtney Kardashian’s highly visible recent appearances with new fiancé Travis Barker, rocking a newly cut single-length bob, that have been increasingly influential. Others following suit? Katy Perry, Elizabeth Olsen, Selena Gomez, Billie Eilish, Kristen Stewart and Chrissy Teigen have all recently worn blunt bobs of their own.

The soft, simple and relaxed haircut is being referenced everywhere from fashion week runways, where it was visible at Chanel, Givenchy, Altuzarra shows and more, to magazine pages, to TikTok and Instagram. 

 The beauty is in the fact that if you have fairly straight hair, it’s a look that needs minimal styling if you want a simple morning routine, because it tends to looks best with a slight ‘I woke up like this’ bend, although wearing it ironed slick and straight are popular options too. It’s also versatile enough to be worn with everything from a black-tie gown or leggings and a crop, as Kardashian does. 

If you have wavy, curly or textured hair, this style will also suit, it’s a matter of working with your stylist to get the best from the one-length look. 


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Auckland stylist Danny Pato, owner of D&M hair salon and winner of NZ Hairdresser of the Year 2021, is a fan, picking the blunt style as well as a slightly softer, wavy version as two looks that will be key this summer. 

“The sleek, sharp one-length bob is always on trend, but more so now for this summer. This polished power-look demands attention!”

He calls the tousled version a wob, or wavy bob.

“A softer, tousled bob looks incredible on wavy textured hair,” Pato says, suggesting it be worn with a deep side part.

According to Kardashian’s hairstylist Peter Savic, who began working with the star a decade ago, Kardashian had been pondering a big chop for a while. 

And in the true trendsetter mode, it wasn’t anyone else she wished to copy. Like fashion houses reference their archives, according to Savic, Kardashian’s inspiration came from an old photo of herself as a teenager. Although to be fair, the 90s influence in fashion is everywhere, so the timing was right. 

“Kourtney showed me pictures. She was young when she had hair shorter than this, but I don’t think she had that short hair for a long time,” he says.

If you’re just about to wave the below pics in front of your stylist, a couple of words of warning. Coming into summer, it’s worth thinking about how much you tie your hair back and work with that, as a very short bob is tricky to keep up and out of your face in the heat, although that’s where chic slides and clips can come into play. 

To keep it looking fresh, it’s also a good idea to have a trim every six to eight weeks.

Images (top): @kourtneykardash

Here’s your blunt bob inspo for summer:


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