First, moisturize and exfoliate
Believe it or not, the perfect pout begins with a good scrub. Dry lips can look smaller—not to mention less kissable—because they don’t reflect light. To get rid of the flakes, dab a bit of moisturizer on your lips and leave it there for five minutes. Next, brush off the dead or dry skin with a toothbrush, exfoliating your lips by gently brushing them in little circles. Doing this will boost circulation, too, giving you a dash of pink, sans lipstick. You can also create your own lip scrub at home by using coconut oil and sugar. Here’s how makeup can make your face look thinner.
A smooth layer of skin-colored foundation can create a larger canvas—and a brighter hue. Start with a blank canvas by applying concealer over your lip line; if you’re feeling daring, you can fudge the size of your lips by overdrawing this area with liner (see step four). And you can forget about the color fading; this trick will make sure your lipstick stays on all day (or night!) long. Here are more tricks to making your makeup stay on all day.