Tricks are for lips.

(Makeup) tricks are for lips.

The secret about lip looks that Kylie doesn’t disclose: Layering lipstick in the corners of your mouth and applying little elsewhere is a magic trick for getting a fuller-looking lip. The light gradient effect is cute for spring/summer, too, so grab your go-to lippie and try out this easy trick ;)

What you’ll need:

  • Lipstick (I used Essence Longlasting Lipstick in All You Need Is Red.)
  • Optional: Matching lip liner
  • Lip balm
  • Lip brush

How to do it:

Step One

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Use lipstick to paint your mouth, starting at the outer corners and moving toward the center (the fullest part of your lip). Because my lipstick was pretty young, I was able to use its point to get into the nooks of my mouth. If your lipstick of choice has flattened with age, I suggest recruiting a lip brush to paint your mouth’s corners. The idea is to leave colorless patches in the middle of both the top and bottom lips. When you’ve gotten two-thirds of the way to the center with color, stop:

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Tip: After each swipe of color, smack your lips together so that top and bottom gradients are as symmetrical as possible. This also makes the transition from “deep hue” to “no hue” look more natural and blurred.

Step Two

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Carefully apply lip balm to the colorless center part of your lips. (I recommend using a waxy lip balm like Burt’s Bees because it helps keep lipstick from infiltrating the colorless part of the gradient.) Smack your lips together so that both get about an equal amount of balm in the center.

Step Three (Optional)

If you want to take precautions against lipstick making liaisons with other parts of your face, use a matching lip liner to trace only the parts of the mouth (the very corners) that contain the deepest hue of the lipstick.

Blot your lips with your finger or a tissue so that the liner goes incognito and doesn’t ruin the naturalness of your reverse-ombre lip.

done

Fini! ♦