How to Fake Pouty Lips – a la Kylie Jenner

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Say what you want about the Kardashian/Jenner clan but the ladies have their style and beauty game down pat. Kylie has been on the public radar for a minute now, and people just won’t stop talking about her lips. They’re gorgeous. I’m not going to teach you how to overdraw like she does but I AM going to show you an easy way to get pouty lips like Kylie!

There are a few different ways to make your lips look pouty but I’m 100% sure this is the easiest one and you probably won’t even have to buy anything! All you need is two shades of lipstick – one lighter, one darker.

Full disclosure: I am NOT a beauty blogger and trying to get some decent photos was NOT easy, y’all. Bless Stephanie Drenka for pulling out all the stops and getting a few where I didn’t look absolutely insane. Last photo is by Sevi of Ware is the Vodka.

First thing’s first, get your lips ready. EXFOLIATE, people! I love this e.l.f. lip exfoliator and it’s only $3. It’s nice because it acts as a moisturizer too. I try to use it at least a few times a week. I have super dry, flaky lips and this at least kind of helps keep it at bay. After you’ve exfoliated your lips, put some more moisture back in with some good ol’ lip balm. Then do something else for a while so the lip balm can do it’s thing and soak in, otherwise your lipstick will slide right off.

This photo cracks me up because I HAVE to have a before photo and this is the best one from the day. It reminds me of informercial before and after pics where the before photo is SO bad and the person is frowning with disheveled hair….sadly, I did not plan for the before photo to be so terrible…hahaha. Anyway, here’s what my lips look like sans lipstick.

Okay, now you’re ready for the real deal. Get your “main” color lipstick – it can be anything. To prove this method works with any lip color, I opted for a nice light purple lipstick – NYX Macaron Lippies in Royal Purple ($6).

IMG_0886webNow apply that color all over your lips like you normally would (if you use a lipliner, do that too…just do what you would normally). I didn’t line or use a lip primer – this lipstick has awesome pigment and staying power on its own so I didn’t worry about it.


Now, take a washcloth (paper towel works too) and carefully blot just the VERY center of your lips on both the top and bottom. Don’t go all the way to the edge! But if you do, you can just touch that up later.


Next, grab lipstick that’s a few shades lighter than your main color. If your main color is a medium pink, grab a super light pink. You get the idea. The main thing is make sure the finish is similar. If you’re nervous about this, you can always buy two lipsticks from the same collection (NYX Matte lipstick in Street Cred and Pale Pink, etc). Just don’t use a shimmery lipstick as your main color and a matte for your light color. I used a lipstick I got for free from Bauble Bar, Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in Lilac Flush 725 ($8).


Take the lighter color and apply it over the area you just blotted off. Duh.


Don’t forget your top lip!


Now carefully rub your lips together to blend (don’t do it too much or you’ll end up with an ombre look…which is also pretty but not what we’re going for). Once you’ve blended, you can always go back and add more of the lighter color on top!

Here’s the finished product….I promise I’m not pouting my lips out or anything, it seriously makes a HUGE difference!


If  you need it, do some touchups with the darker color and go on your merry way! Make sure to take both lipsticks with you just in case. Hopefully this makes sense, if you have any questions or anything, definitely let me know in the comments.


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