I’m in love with bright, bold, sexy lips! Berry, orange, red and pink shades are all the rage. While they may not be for everyday, they can make an impact when needed.

Bold lips will mean the rest of the face is minimal makeup. If you have thin lips you don’t have stick with only wearing nude colors on your lips. However, you will want to stick to the bright bold colors in a matte finish and stay away from the deeper or darker colors. Also, high gloss mixed with bright colors is just too much for anyone, so find matte lipsticks.

Here are a few tips on the bold lip:

  1. Prep your lips by exfoliating and moisturizing. I like to make my own by mixing granulated sugar and coconut oil. I also add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil for the lip plumping effects. Allow your moisturizer to soak in for 5 to 10 minutes then blot the excess off before you apply your lipstick.

2.  Harsh lined lips are out. But, if you must define with lip liner be sure to blend the edge for a softer look. For a fuller upper lip I like to go slightly outside of the natural lip line, but I rarely would do so for the entire lip. My number one tip is to choose a lip liner that closely resembles your natural lip color, not the lipstick you will be using.

3.  Start at the cupid’s bow going down towards the outer corner (the “cupid’s bow” is the top center V area of your upper lip). In the cupid’s bow you will stay on the top edge of your natural lip line and curve slightly out from the natural line as you move down to outer corner. Then, curve back in towards the natural lip line just before you reach the outer corner of the lip. Line your lower lip just on the edge of its natural line. By not drawing the entire line outside of your own natural lip line you will have a more natural looking fuller lip.

4.  Lips stains are in and they last all day so why not? Fill in your entire lip with your lip stain – lip liner is not necessary. If you must wear gloss, apply a small amount to the center of your lips. This will also give the appearance of fullness.

*For a DIY lip plumper add 1-2 drops of the essential oil peppermint to your gloss.