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how to achieve sculpted lips

How-To Beauty: Sculpted Lips

This isn’t your grandmother’s lip liner.

By: Hannah Baxter
DP/Editor: Tim Buol
Makeup: Julianna Grogan
Hair: William Scott Blair

We all know the craze of sculpting your face with contour and highlight, but did you know that you can also sculpt your lips? If you’re looking for more of a pronounced pout but also want to avoid any type of fillers or plumping products, then we’ve got you covered. Makeup artist Julianna Grogan let us in on her technique for using liner and gloss to enhance your lips fast. The effect is subtle and seriously pretty, so check out her step-by-step below, as well as the products she swears by for perfectly sculpted lips.

Grogan loves the following products for this makeup look:



1. Add a bit of your favorite concealer—we love YSL Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Concealer—with a brush to tone down the natural color of your lips. It gives you a softer canvas and will make the contoured edges pop.


2. Add the Kosas lip balm, which contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, to help exfoliate the lips slightly. This will prevent cracking and flaking.



3. Use the M.A.C. liner—a muted greyish taupe—to create a shadow effect around the lips, focusing on the outer corner of the mouth where there’s already a natural shadow, as well as underneath the bottom lip. Keep this shadow towards the middle, underneath your natural lip. This will make it appear as if your lip is fuller than it is normally.


4. Use the Kevyn Aucoin pencil—a medium beige—and line along your Cupid’s bow and along the entirety of your mouth. Keep the color on your lips, close to the shadow liner. Add another layer on top of the bottom shadow liner to add fullness if desired. Press with your fingers to blend.