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Lovely lips whatever their shape

Whether you think your lips are too thin or too fleshy, a little careful makeup can help you make the most of them

17 AUGUST 2011

When you apply your lipstick, you need to take into account the natural shape of your lips. Both the colour you choose and the way you apply it can help compensate if you have problems with your lips being thinner or thicker than the ideal. Experts at Max Factor have a few tips to help you achieve the perfect film star smile:


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Disguising thicker lips. Outline the lips just inside the natural border to reduce volume. Fill in with dark matte colours – deep reds, burgundy and brown tones – and avoid light colours and shiny or pearlised finishes as the shimmer will only emphasise the size.

Adding volume to thinner lips. Here, of course, the aim is to make the lips look plumper, so start by drawing the outline just outside the natural lip line. Avoid dark matte colours that focus and reduce apparent volume, and instead opt for lighter, brighter colours in glossy, pearlised finishes that produce a less defined shimmery effect.

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