In a world where Kylie Jenner-esque pouts reign supreme, we thinner-lipped gals can feel a tad insecure. While there’s absolutely no shame in having thin lips, who can blame us for wanting to plump things up a bit? Sure, filler is an option for a fuller pout, but what about some good old-fashioned makeup hacks? Keep reading for four makeup artist-approved tips to incorporate into your beauty routine.

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.

According to makeup expert and Moda Brush Executive Artist Dominique Lerma, exfoliation is the first step to a buxom pout. Not only will it buff away any dead skin build-up, but many formulas are made to deeply hydrate your lips at the same time, creating a plumper look overall. “My favorite gentle lip scrub is French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish ($18),” she shares. (Photo via Chris Ryan/ Getty)

Close up of woman's lips covered in sugar.

2. pick the right gloss.

Lip gloss is back and with it comes endless pout possibilities. “A plumping gloss makes lips look more supple,” Lerma says. She suggests using the GLAMGLOW PLUMPRAGEOUS Gloss Lip Treatment ($24). “It’s fast-acting, hydrating, and highly glossy,” she points out. (Photo via PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/ Getty)


Makeup artist and beauty influencer Manny Gutierrez (AKA Manny MUA), explains that it’s not what lip liner you use, but how you use it.“When it comes to thin lips, my easy tip is to use lip liner slightly above the lip line in the center of the [cupid’s bow] and follow the natural contours as you go towards the sides of your mouth,” he says.”After that, fill in with a lipstick and add a shimmer gloss (like the Lunar Beauty Selene Lipgloss ($17)) to the center of the lips for a plump-looking pout.”(Photo via Thinkstock/ Getty)

4. highlight your cupid’s bow.

Red Lips with Highlighter

Lip products aren’t the only option for plumping power. “Finish the look by adding a touch of highlighter to the bow of the lips,” Lerma advises. “Doing so reflects the light and dramatizes the appearance of a fuller pout.” She suggests using Guerlain Météorites Highlighting Powder Pearls ($63) and applying them with a small brush, like the Moda Smoky Eye Professional Makeup Brush ($6). (Photo via Pando Hall/ Getty)

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