I’ve never really minded the shape of my lips, although a lack of cupids bow (thanks Dad) makes applying a bold lip a little tricky. It is possible to cheat your own lip shape though and this is particularly handy for those with thinner lips… 

Using a lip liner that’s the same tone as your lips is an easy way to cheat your way to fuller looking lips. My favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat which now comes in multiple shades, but most brands that do lip liners will have a skin toned one in their collection. The Rimmel lip liners are also great. 

I like to start by simply filling in my lips but things get a bit more defined when it comes to lining the outer part of the lips. I start by pushing the liner right to the edge, you know where you can feel it gets hard around your lips? Well you don’t want to over line too much but really push it as far to the edge as you can. I also like to draw in my cupids bow a bit, making the high points slightly more pointed. 

You can leave it there or what I like to do is layer a lipgloss on top! It’s great for no lipstick days or when you’ve gone heavy with the eyeshadow, so what do you think? Are you going to try cheating your lip shape? 

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  1. Such great tips Lily! When I was younger I always wanted bigger lips but now I’m quite happy with them. I Love the look of the Charlotte Tilbury lip liners and this would be great to do on nights out with a smokey eye x


  2. Rebel G says:

    Loved this post!! My lips have absolutely no shape because even I don’t have a cupid bow and it sucks to apply lip stick and see how undefined and O shaped they look. Lip liners are such a life saver, I swear!!

  3. My favorites are MAC Dervish and Spice. Besides those I haven’t really tried any although I’d love to! πŸ™‚


  4. Jacklyn V says:

    Your lips look so much fuller. I can never apply lip liners correctly. They just look so weird on me. Hopefully these tips will help me out.

  5. I’ve been loving the NYX lip liners, especially Nude Pink which looks very similar to this shade you used!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  6. Jodie V says:

    I really need to try the Rimmel Lip Liners! I just don’t have a top lip!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

  7. Such great tips, very helpful! Simply love it πŸ™‚

    Nikoleta, xoxo

  8. This is a lovely post Lily! Very helpful πŸ™‚

  9. Sharmi Shah says:

    Such a helpful post, Lily πŸ™‚

  10. Michela Amp says:

    I Always do it πŸ™‚

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  11. Nadja says:

    I’m still learning how to do this without it looking too obvious. I recently got a lip liner from Mac, but I’ve had the Charlotte Tilbury ones on my wishlist forever.

  12. nueyork says:

    I love the way lipliner makes my lips look as my lipline fades out in an awkward not so defined way. It is kind of like wearing a bold lip but not in the way that it makes them stand out!

  13. Willow Jolie says:

    Great tip and can’t wait to play around with my lip pencils this afternoon ! πŸ™‚ You look stunning like always ! πŸ™‚

  14. Angeline Lee says:

    I like this shade of lip pencils omg!

  15. I really love that lip pencil! The colour is gorgeous x

  16. Brianna says:

    I know what you mean!! Whenever I use a bold lip colour my top lip just looks tiny. Lip liner is such a tricky thing to get right — I need to be more patient!
    Brianna ||

  17. I have to get my hands on a Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pencil! I’ve heard so many good things about them and I’ve been dying to try one.

  18. Juliana Lee says:

    Very much reminds me of Kylie Jenner’s lips!
    can’t wait to try these:) xx

    much loves,Jules

  19. I need to find that perfect shade – my goal for December is to master lip liner!


  20. i love the charlotte tilbury lip cheat on recommendation from amelia liana!

  21. Fancy Nancy says:

    Wow it really does make a difference. I always thought it would look too fake but I guess if done softly it looks really natural

    Fancy Nancy’s YouTube

  22. - Karen says:

    I’m a big fan of Rimmel lip liners – they’re super affordable too πŸ™‚

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  23. great tips and i love the colour of the lip liners

    This Girl Loves Chic




  24. Izzy K says:

    This was really useful, I have such thin lips lol xxx

  25. As my lips are very thin, I am tempted to cheat a little, but up until now I never liked the finished look. Maybe I always used the wrong color.
    I would definitely wear a lipgloss on top, lipliner on its one is way to drying for me.

  26. I’m always a bit scared to do this haha! However I’m going to try it now! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  27. Lily says:

    I’ve always wanted bigger lips. I am tempted by this technique, but I’ve never been a fan of lip liner, I should give this a try x

  28. Lauren S says:

    I love cheating my lip as one side is a little thinner than the other – so odd! This is the perfect shade on you, and as you said, great for no makeup days

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

  29. Kat Horrocks says:

    I really need to get one of those lip cheat pencils because everyone who I see wearing it – their lips just look so full but natural! I think taking your time and being really subtle with it is the best way to go πŸ™‚

    Kat x

  30. Chloe B says:

    This was so useful, thank you! I have really thin lips, so I’m forever trying to change their shape!

    Chloe The Redhead | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

  31. Great tips – my lips can look quite thin because I’m so pale.

    Lizzie’s Daily Blog

  32. CT lip cheats are amazing, Great post πŸ™‚ I have a MAC Haul on my post right now:)

  33. Alice Red says:

    I’m still practicing with my Rimmel Lip Liner in East End Snob but who knows, maybe one day I’ll master it – yours looks lovely! x

  34. Annabel B says:

    Such good tips. I have a slightly wonky lips from a accident, so need to try these asap!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  35. Poi have basically no Cupid’s bow….sucks. I need to practice a bold liner as I find it can mess up so easily. Xo

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  37. Jen27 says:

    I’ve been more and more into lip liners lately- seems to be a growing trend! This one looks like a winner πŸ™‚


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  39. Emily McCue says:

    Everyone seems to be talking about pillow talk at the moment – it’s top of my list!

  40. Megan Lillie says:

    I’ve tried over drawing my lips a little bit and manage to get away with it! However sometimes I go completely Jay Z and have to start over again…

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  41. Clara H. says:

    I have extremely small lips, so a good lip pencil always come in handy for me. Definitely gonna have to try the Charlotte Tilbury ones out! The color looks amazing on you, Lily πŸ™‚


  42. I like my lip shape, but this will come very handy when I over line my lips for more bold looks!
    I haven’t tried the Charlotte Tilbury ones but I really like the NYX and Milani lip liners!

    -Mary |

  43. Carly Jade says:

    Is it Pillow Talk that you used in your photos above? I’ve seen so many people going on about it! I don’t have a counter nearby so was just wondering about the other shade Iconic Nude and how that compared!

    Side note…whatever is on your eyes looks stunning!!

  44. Great tips! Big, pouty lips are always a great focal point for a Holiday Season look!

  45. Amanda Amaya says:

    Very nice! I think you have a lovely lip shape either way, though. I love the shadow on your eyes by the way.

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