The Right Way To Apply Lipstick, Depending On The Shape Of Your Lips

Written by Sumona BoseNov 30, 2023
The right way to apply lipstick, depending on the shape of your lips

Well-defined brows can elevate your look, and a luscious pout can add oodles of oomph to your overall look. That’s why it’s important to accentuate your lips, and you can only do that right once you successfully determine the shape of your lips.

Just like the placement of blush and contour depend on your face shape, similarly, you also need to keep the shape of your lips in mind if you want to achieve fuller, luscious lips. How do you do that? We’ve got you covered. A here’s a list of lip shapes and how to accentuate them with makeup. Read on…


01. Thin lips

05. Heart-shaped lips

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As the name suggests, thin lips lack volume on top and bottom lip, but a little makeup magic can change that.

Start by applying a concealer all over your lips and go a little over your natural lip line. Take a lip pencil and overdraw your lips, buff inwards with a small lip brush and fill in whatever colour you want inside. The Lakmé Absolute 3D Lip Definer offers precision and has a super-rich and creamy pigment. Coat with a layer of gloss to make it even plumper.


02. Full lips

05. Heart-shaped lips

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If you already have full, pillowy lips, there is no need to enhance your lip shape further unless you want to look like your lip plumping job went wrong. Even then, you can use a couple of tricks to make it look attractive.

Use matte lipsticks — preferably a creamy formula like the Lakmé Cushion Matte — to give your lips a bold and clean look. Go for deep colours if you want to make your pout your statement feature, and use more subtle, nude shades that blend into the rest of your makeup to keep it minimal.


03. Top-heavy lips

05. Heart-shaped lips

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There are a couple of ways to balance out top-heavy lips to give you a more even-looking pout. One of the most effective ways is to underline your top lip just a bit with a pencil and fill in the colour afterwards. You can also fake an even look by applying a bright shade on the bottom lip and a slightly darker colour of the same shade on the top to give the illusion of lesser space. A neat hack is to apply a shimmery eyeshadow, like the off-white shade from the Lakmé Absolute Infinity Eye Shadow Palette - Soft Nudes, on the centre of your bottom lip to balance them out.


04. Bottom-heavy lips

05. Heart-shaped lips

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Bottom-heavy lips are the stark opposite of top-heavy lips and can follow the same hacks mentioned above but reversed.

An additional hack you can use is to dab a white lip pencil on the centre of your top lip to make it look heavier than its natural shape. Apply a gloss like the Lakmé Absolute Spotlight Lip Gloss over matte shades to add balance.


05. Heart-shaped lips

05. Heart-shaped lips

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Heart-shaped lips are characterised by a well-defined cupid’s bow on the top lip, and it one of the most desirable lip shapes. To wear it naturally, use a bright red or cute pink lip colour to make it look flirty and fun. Enhance the cupid’s bow in the middle by applying a dab of nude shadow or a matte concealer like the Lakmé Absolute Mattereal Mousse Concealer.

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Sumona Bose

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Sumona Bose is a writer, skincare junkie and a self-professed makeup connoisseur. Equipped with a Master's degree in Fashion Management and over 3 years of experience writing in the beauty and fashion space, her passion for learning new things has no bounds. Working closely with dermatologists, beauty excerpts, makeup artists and hairstylists, she brings you the best of all things beauty. From trending skincare ingredients to makeup looks that help you slay, she manages to bring something new (and vital!) to our readers every single time. Her hobbies include home workouts, watching foreign films and binge-watching makeover shows!


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