Monday 27 March 2017

The Secrets To Natural Plump Lips with SMIINK

Soap & Glory Manchester have teamed up with the fabulous SMIINK to bring you this post on how to achieve naturally full looking lips. 

Meet Tilly: student at the University of Leeds & kick-ass blogger at She's worked at Fabulous Magazine, The Sun & BeautyMART, and knows everything there is to know about cosmetics! 

Today Tilly is sharing her top tips on how to get the most out of your lips, using her fave products...

"The Kardashians, love them or hate them, you can’t escape them. In particular, the youngest sister’s supersized pout. Lisa Eldridge, makeup legend and connoisseur, recently posted a tutorial featuring her favourite makeup tips to ‘supersize your pout instantly (without injections)’. I’ve added a few of my favourite tips to maximize those lips without the injections and achieve a slightly more natural ‘Jenner’ pout.

1. Exfoliate and moisturise – Exfoliating your lips is really important to smooth and remove dead skin cells but also to stimulate blood flow to the area. Use a clean toothbrush or lip scrub and massage your lips in circular motions. Massage, for any area of the face, is a well-known trick to stimulate blood flow and plump facial contours. Follow up with a trusty lip balm to soothe and moisturise.

2. Plumping round one – One of my favourite tricks is to use a lip plumper during my makeup routine to add a little bit extra volume. I apply Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL onto clean lips and leave it to work its magic whilst I get on with the rest of my makeup. This bad boy tingles, something I don’t mind, but the results are miraculous. The formula contains ‘Lipswell™’ technology, causing a minor reaction to the active ingredients so your lips become more swollen and juicy. The ‘3XL-Peptide Plump™’ boasts power to increase the skin’s natural level of hyaluronic acid (the hydration molecule), defining and plumping your natural lip line. Once you’ve finished the rest of your makeup, remove the Pillow Plump, leaving a blank canvas to start building up pigment.

3. Lining – I never used to ‘get’ lip liner, but that was before I learnt how to use it. For me, a makeup bag staple is my ‘go to’ lip liner. My daily liner of choice is by Pure Colour (for New Look) in their nude shade (£2.49), I’ve used about five of these pencils. As in the Lisa Eldridge video, start with lining your natural lip line, then build volume using light and quick strokes, ensuring you connect the inner corner of each lip. If you’re after a more pronounced cupid’s bow, increase volume either side of your cupid’s bow compared to building your lip in height. If you’re after a fuller bottom lip, build in volume starting from the corner of your mouth. The key to achieving a ‘naturally’ full lip is to build your lip line slowly and softly. Nail the shape of your lip during this step as it’s easier to fix any mistakes and not overload on product.

4. Lipstick – I would go for a classic peachy nude for this look. Using Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in ‘Super Nude’, fill in the lip line you’ve created. Use your ring finger to gently pat in the product to diffuse the pigment and create your perfect shape.

5. Finishing touches – If you want to leave your lips matte, apply a flesh-toned eyeshadow or translucent powder to the centre of your lips to highlight and create the illusion of a plumper pout. If you prefer a metallic finish, use a similar technique but with your highlighter of choice. As we are coming into spring, I think a glossy lip can really compliment as fresher and more sun-speckled look. Using Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL in 'Coy Toy', I add a dab or two to the centre, the high shine gloss complex highlights the centre of the lips in a similar manner how a matte powder would and the plumping technologies add that extra touch of natural fullness.

So there we have it, this technique appears a bit lengthy but when combined into your makeup routine, it doesn’t add too much time onto your primping routine. The secret to overlining your lips is to find a shape and fullness that suits you and the beauty of this technique is that it can be applied to almost any colour way you fancy. See Lisa Eldridge’s video above for her tips, and check out my social media below to stay up to date with Smiink’s goings on."

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Thanks so much to Tilly for sharing her fab secrets with all us S&G Soaper Fans! We will deffo be trying out a few of these tips to get gorgeous, full lips this Spring!

*This blog post is supported by Soap & Glory but as always all views and opinions are my own.*

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