I Used Kylie Jenner’s Makeup Tricks To Enhance My Lips, Behold The Before & After

Kylie Jenner Lips Black WhiteLately, Kylie Jenner and her lips have been in the news almost as much as her big sister and her butt. Namely, Kylie’s big pouty lips and the endless rumors that the 17-year-old has had lip injections which she has vehemently denied, claiming, “My pictures, I palp them out a lot” and that she just likes “over lining” her lips. To be fair to the lip injection truthers, her “before and after” is rather damning:

Kylie Jenner before and after lips 2013 2014Photos: Getty Images

Is it possible that Kylie could have, as she insists, simply used makeup to enhance her lips? Or alternately, that it’s a combination of makeup, pouting, and just plain growing up? Let’s try it and find out, shall we?

Step 0: Awkwardly Pose For ‘Before’ Shot

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial beforeI half-smiled, the way Kylie seems to always be posed half-smiled.

Step 1: Exfoliation

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial fresh sugar scrubExfoliate your lips using a scrub like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish to slough off dead skin and increase circulation. Soft and smooth, thanks to proper lip exfoliation.

Step 2: Lip Balm

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial fresh sugar scrub reviewApply a rich lip balm like Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment to your lips and give it a few minutes to absorb.

Step 3: Concealer

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial paul & joe concealer duoApply a concealer or use a concealer pencil such as Paul & Joe Lip Concealer Duo to “erase” your natural lip line. That way, when you start applying your lip color, it’ll have a fresh starting point to go off of. Spread towards the inside of your lip using a lip or concealer brush like It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Airbrush Concealer #2.

Step 4: Lip Liner

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial Skinn Cosmetics Lip Lock Duo Blushing BeautyApply lip liner in a fleshy neutral tone slightly outside of your lips. Follow your natural lip shape–don’t try to change it. For this, I used Skinn Cosmetics 2-in-1 Lip Lock Liner & Lipstick Duo in Blushing Beauty. Fill in the entire lip with the same liner.

Step 5: Lipstick

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial Maybelline Daringly Nude 655 swatch 3Using a brush, apply a fleshy pink lip color to your lips, following the lip line you established in Step 4. I picked Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipcolor in Daringly Nude for my look, but you can pick a shade that is a couple shades darker than your natural lip color.

Step 6: Highlighter

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial Maybelline Daringly Nude 655 swatch Skinn Cosmetics Gloss 7Apply a little bit of highlighter, like Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism, to the bottom of your lip and a very small amount right at the edge of your cupid’s bow. This reflects the light and enhances the shape, making lips look poutier and fuller.

Step 7: Gloss

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial Maybelline Daringly Nude 655 swatch 5Add a little bit of gloss, like Skinn Cosmetics Lip 6X Amplifying Serum, at the center of your bottom lip to enhance the poutiness even more.

Step 8: Blow & Take A Selfie

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial Maybelline Daringly Nude 655 swatch Skinn Cosmetics Gloss 6Seriously. Let a little bit of air escape your lips while you take a photo, tilting your head like a tool.

Kylie Jenner lip enhancing technique tutorialFeels dumb, eh?

Lip enhancing technique makeup tutorial lips after 2Naturally, it’s time for a proper before and after.

Before and after Samantha Escobar from The Gloss turns into Kylie Jenner from not The GlossOkay, fine, just kidding. Here’s the real one:

before and after lip enhancing makeup technique textSo…did it actually change my lips’ size all that much? No, not really. That said, I do think that the puffing and the angles and the metric ton of lip product did make it enhanced enough that they look somewhat different, at least. But are they Kylie different? Again, no. Obviously we will never know for sure unless she states it outright, but I’m going to side with the “homegirl definitely got lip injections” crowd.

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