How To: Correct Your Lip Shape With Makeup


As you guys can probably tell by now, I am more of an eye person (*love* doing eye makeup!) but since someone requested a post on how to correct the shape of your lips, here are my two cents. If you have:

Thin Lips
To make thin lips appear fuller, avoid using dark, dull or matte colors and opt for bright or strong colors. Use concealer to cover your natural lipline, powder slightly then line your lips just a little outside of your natural lip line. Make sure they are no spaces between the new line and your natural lipline. Fill in with lipstick. Apply a high shine clear gloss over the lipstick.

Full Lips
To minimize thick lips, go with matte or muted lip colors – they will make lips appear less full and smaller. Stay away from bright, glossy, or light colors. Use concealer to cover your natural lip line, powder slightly then draw a line that is just inside your natural lipline. Soften the line with a brush, then apply lip color.

Asymmetrical Lips: Just combine the above.

Extra Beauty Tips
* Use a natural lip liner to subtly recreate your natural lip line. Do not try to alter the shape of your lips completely as it can look unnatural.

* A full rounded mouth shape can make you look younger while flat thin lips are harsh and strict.

* Never wear a lipliner that is a lot darker than your lip color. Having a ring around your lips is the last thing you would ever want!

* To make lip color stay longer, apply lip balm then color your lips with a liner. Apply a layer of lipstick, blot then apply a second layer.

* Exfoliate your lips regularly to get rid of dead skin. Apply a layer of Vaseline over your lips every night before you hit the bed.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. OMG – love ur site. Just wondering if you’ve heard of Napoleon cosmetics? If you ‘ve tried them, what did you think? Not sure if they are an Aussie brand only, or if they export o/s. Bek

  2. Thanks Phyllis I lurrrve your website! Can you tell us more about how you care for your lips? I have lips with a darker outer ring since young and I find difficulties in applying an even colour of gloss or lipstick on it =c Do you have any methods or solutions?? thanks!!!

  3. hey Destiny, I don’t do much for my lips except exfoliate them once in a while and apply Aquaphor to keep them moisturized.

    If you have a darker outer ring around yours, try applying a thin layer of concealer before lipliner and lipstick/lipgloss. I know it sounds tedious but it does help with uneven pigmentation.

  4. love ur site phyllis, have been a fan for many months!
    as a lil lip exfoliator i use a tiny amount of St ives Scrub and gently rub, which removes the dry skin n then add sum vaseline to soften them :)!
    u should get into lip colours more, ur a pretty girl im sure u can get away with any colour u like! :)
    i agree that more photos would be more helpful, or perhaps even some video tutorials?
    tc x

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