Making Lips Look Thicker

by Angela Tague ; Updated September 28, 2017

Start with lip liner to make lips appear fuller.

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Whether age is making your lips thin or genetics didn't bless you with a plump pucker, you still can get thick lips. Fake it! With the creative use of makeup, choosing specific cosmetics or trying at-home lip-plumping serums, you can create a full, healthy pout in minutes. The key is taking more than 10 seconds to apply your lip makeup in passing. Grab the cosmetics bag and a good close-up mirror to get started.

Outline the lips with a lip-liner pencil, starting at the far edges of the lips and working halfway across, stopping in the center. This should take four strokes: two on the top lip, two on the bottom lip. Fill in the lips using the same lip-liner pencil to create a base. Choose a lip-liner shade that's darker than your natural lip color to create an illusion of wider, fuller lips.

Apply a lipstick or tint over the top of the liner. Use a lip brush or the angled edge of a lipstick tube to fill in the lips with short, even strokes. Choose a light lip color to reflect more light and make the lips appear thicker. Try pale peach, nude tones or soft pink lip color.

Use a freshly sharpened lip-liner pencil to accentuate the "V" in the center of your top lip after applying the lip color. Well-defined edges make your lips seem thicker and more pronounced.

Dust the lips with a tiny bit of loose powder to set the look. Choose a shimmery powder foundation or bronzer to add more sheen and reflection to the lips. This keeps the lip liner and lip color in place longer.


  • For long-term plumping action, choose lipstick, glosses and tints made with palmitoyl oligopeptide. This ingredient promotes collagen production, giving your lips a thicker appearance.

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About the Author

Angela Tague writes marketing content and journalistic pieces for major brands including Bounty, The Nest, Lowe's Home Improvement and Hidden Valley. She also provides feature content to newspapers and writes health and beauty blogs for Daily Glow, Everyday Health and Walgreens. Tague graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications in 1999.