First, moisturize and exfoliateAli Blumenthal/Rd.com
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.
Apply foundationAli Blumenthal/Rd.com
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.