Plump & Define: Mastering Lip Plumping & Contouring Makeup Techniques


Luscious, full lips have long been a symbol of beauty, but in recent years, makeup enthusiasts have discovered clever ways to achieve this look without resorting to invasive procedures. Lip plumping and contouring techniques have taken social media by storm, allowing makeup lovers to enhance their natural features with ease. Let’s explore the art of lip plumping and contouring, sharing tips and tricks to help you master these techniques for a gorgeous pout.

Prep Your Lips

Before diving into plumping and contouring, it's essential to create a smooth base. Exfoliate your lips using a lip scrub or a soft toothbrush to remove dead skin cells. Follow up with a hydrating lip balm to lock in moisture and keep your lips soft and supple.

Choose the Right Products

Lip plumping products often contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, or capsaicin to temporarily increase blood flow and create a fuller appearance. Look for lip plumping glosses or balms that suit your needs and preferences. For contouring, choose a lip liner that's one to two shades darker than your chosen lipstick to create dimension and depth.

Lip Contouring Technique

Start by outlining your natural lip line with the lip liner, slightly overlining your cupid's bow and the center of your bottom lip. This will create the illusion of fuller lips. To enhance the contour, draw vertical lines at the center of your bottom lip and two lines from the highest points of your cupid's bow down to the center of your top lip. Blend these lines gently with a lip brush or your fingertips to avoid harsh lines. 

Lipstick Application

Choose a lipstick that complements your lip liner, preferably in a matte or semi-matte finish for a more natural look. Apply the lipstick using a lip brush, starting from the center of your lips, and blending outwards, taking care to avoid smudging the contour lines. Use a concealer brush to clean up any mistakes and create a crisp, defined edge.

Add a Touch of Highlight 

To further enhance the appearance of fullness, apply a small amount of highlighter or a light, shimmery eyeshadow to the center of your top and bottom lips. This will catch the light and create the illusion of volume.

Seal the Deal with a Plumping Oil/Gloss

Finish your lip look by applying our lip plumping oil MANIFEST // PLUMP POUT on top of your lipstick. Focus on the center of your lips, as this will create the most noticeable plumping effect.

With these lip plumping and contouring makeup techniques, you can achieve a fuller, more defined pout that enhances your natural beauty. Practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to experiment with different products and shades to discover the perfect lip look for you. Happy plumping!