Dear Miss Victory Violet,
I am such a huge fan of yours, you were actually the amazing lady who inspired me to enter into the wonderful world of pinup life.
Your sense of style has me awestruck constantly and I especially love the way you do your makeup, but I need help.
I was not blessed with even full lips; my top lip is rather thin, I do try to make them look bigger with my lipstick application but always end up channelling Lucille Ball with her exaggerated lip and wide cupid’s bow.
I was wondering if you had any tips for creating a “natural” and realistic fuller lip with make up?
I look forward to seeing your blog posts and I really do hope you can offer me any tips you might have.
All the best,
Thank you so much for your lovely compliments! I’m so humbled to have been a influence in your style!
So let’s see what I can do for you! Now, whilst I am well-endowed in the lips area, I still over draw them slightly to get the shape I want. And trust me, I know exactly what you mean about the Lucille Ball lips. As amazing as she was, it’s a certain look and not one that most of us would like for a everyday red lip shape!
Sometimes I look in the mirror after doing my lips and have to wipe it all off and start again… you might not get it perfect every time and practice makes perfect but let me share some tips on how to hopefully get it right most of the time!
Start with dry, clean lips. If you have dry skin, gently exfoliate with a toothbrush.
Firstly, you need to start with a good base. If you are going to overdraw outside of your lip line, then you need to prep the skin to avoid any bleeding.
Start by lightly concealing or using your liquid foundation all over the lip.
Now powder it with a translucent or setting powder.
Next, start outlining your shape. I start by creating the ‘V’ of the bow, then start rounding each side and slowing drawing down to the corner of the mouth.
I would recommend only just slightly overdrawing your natural shape. You don’t want to go so far outside of it that it looks clownish. Think of it as not ‘enlarging’ your lips per-say, more just changing the shape.
The key to not ending up with a Lucille Ball shape is to not extend the roundness of the bow to far out- if that makes sense. Perhaps start with trying to create a classic 20s bow shape and slowly widen the sides until you are happy with it.
When drawing the outline of the bottom lip, try to make it the same width as the top lip.
Once the outline is complete, fill the entire lip area in with the pencil.
Now go over with your favourite lippy!
By doing this 4-step process (conceal, powder, liner & lippy) you are making sure that your lipstick has longevity and won’t rub off too fast.
I think the most important thing for you to do is to take it really slow, starting on the natural lip line and then building it outwards so that you aren’t going too far out.
If you’d still like to try and get fuller lips, I have heard of bee venom lip plumpers. I’ve never tried one myself and the thought of it sounds kinda weird but I found this list of the best and worst lip plumpers.
Hopefully this helps! Keep at it, you’ll get better and better- I promise!
x Miss Victory Violet