How to Have Fuller Lips

I’ve been having fun experimenting with lipsticks lately. I confess that I don’t typically play change up my lipstick very often. I tend to stick to the same mid-tone pink and rose shades and never go particularly dark or light or bold. But this spring I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and trying on some new lips!

The orange lip is all the THING this spring, so that was first on my list of new lipsticks to try. I love wearing orange and coral so I thought I might enjoy orange lipstick for a change.

The other lipstick trend I wanted to try was the exact opposite — the nude lip, which I shared in earlier in the week.

nude-lip (1)

When I was at the mall yesterday, I stopped by the Bobbi Brown counter and asked about an orange lipstick. I looked at a few options and ended up getting this Art Stick in Sunset Orange.

Bobbi Brown Art Stick

I was amazed at how smoothly it goes on the lips. And the tip makes it easy to create a nice clean edge. It still felt pretty bold for my tastes, so I ended up applying a light coat of Sonia Kashuk’s Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss in Naked Nude over top, which made it the perfect bold orange lip for spring!


I think the reason I’ve been hesitant to wear bold colors is that I have thin lips and I always assume a bold lip color will make them appear even thinner. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they actually looked pretty full with the orange lipstick . . . thanks to a few tricks I keep in my back pocket that help my lips appear fuller than they are.

As we age, we do tend to lose some of the plumpness in our lips. I’ve never had particularly full lips to begin with, so aging certainly isn’t doing them any favors. There are a few things you can do to enhance your lips.

How to Get Fuller Lips

1. Line Your Lips

Lining the lips definitely helps achieve a fuller appearance, and it is painless. Score!! I use lip liner ALL the time. Every day. You don’t really want to line outside the natural lip, but you can line right to the very outside so the lipstick doesn’t get lost in the middle. I use a neutral shade that works well with any lipstick color. I actually fill in my lips with that lip pencil. That helps my lipstick and/or lipgloss stay on longer, plus when the lipstick does wear off, the lip pencil usually does not and your lips still have some color.

2. Apply lipgloss. 

Gloss makes the lips look fuller. If you prefer a matte look, just apply a touch of gloss to the middle of the lower and upper lip and blot. I always do this. I never just wear a matte lipstick without any gloss at all.

3. Try a lip plumper. 

These are non-invasive and practically painless, although I do experience a slight tingly/burning sensation when I use them. This Buxom Lip Cream comes highly recommended.

Buxom Full On Lip Cream

4. Exfoliate your lips.

This is just a good idea anyway. It gets rid of that icky dry skin and keeps your lips moist and soft, but it also stimulates blood flow to the lips and helps them appear plumper and fuller. I’ve heard good things about Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub.

philosophy 'kiss me' exfoliating lip cream5. Consider lip injections.

If thin lips are making you self-conscious and none of these non-invasive methods work to your satisfaction, there are always lip enhancement procedures to consider. Lip injections are temporary and require injections every few months. But they are usually effective and can significantly improve the appearance of the lips. Implants and surgical enhancements are more invasive and are difficult to remove. It all depends on what your needs are, but both are viable options if you are self conscious about your lips.

Do you have any good tips for making thin lips appear fuller?? I’m all ears!

This post is sponsored by Smart Beauty Guide, but all opinions are my own.


  1. says

    You look stunning with the bold lip! I would never consider injections but I lining my lips makes them appear fuller, as does bolder colors. Also, using a primer can really help lipstick stay put and look more defined.

  2. Robin W says

    Wow that orange lipstick looks amazing on you with your coloring. I need to try it as our coloring is similar!

  3. says

    I have naturally very full lips so I certainly don’t need any help, but I do know as you age you lose plumpness so I will be tucking these tips away :)

  4. says

    I don’t have thin lips, but I do stick with the same color. Actually, I’ve used the same color for about six years!!! When you said “orange lipstick,” I immediately thought it would look awful, but it looks great on you! Thanks for the inspiration to TRY SOMETHING NEW! :)

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