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Words : Rae Morris | September 1, 2018

Lip enhancement is probably the most popular and commonly requested procedure I get in my practice. For me, personally, it is also one of the trickier treatments as there is such a fine line between getting it right and getting it wrong.


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There is an art to achieving natural looking full lips. The goal is to enhance in such a way that it improves a woman's overall appearance but not obvious as to what exactly has been done.

There are usually two types of requests for lips.

1 - Rejuvenation

These requests are more likely from the older women who are noticing age related changes to their lip and just want "what I used to have".

2 - Enhancement

These requests are from the younger women who want _"what I never had". _Typically they want fuller, poutier, sexier lips.

The techniques that are used to achieve both looks are completely different. I don't believe there is a "one size fits all" type of technique for lip enhancement. Every face is different. Every lip is different. Even the way we smile is different. Therefore the perfect shape of lip does not exist. Each woman will have a different lip shape that is perfect for their facial proportion and features.

We have all heard of the golden ratio for perfect lips is 1 to 1.6 meaning the top is slightly smaller than the bottom. Whilst this is true for most, I have seen some cases where the reverse actually looks better. Think Doutsen Krause and some of the Victoria secret models!

In certain cultures like Asia, having the top lip the same size as the bottom is deemed more beautiful.

You may be now thinking_ "Well that is interesting for someone who is happy to go for lip injections but how can I achieve the best lips for me without resorting to lip fillers and using just makeup?"_

I myself have picked up a few makeup ideas over the years as a lip injector!

Here are a few;

1 - Whenever I present techniques on lip enhancement, I use lipgloss or shimmer makeup to show the effects that we want to achieve with the filler. So to achieve a fuller sexier pout, use lip gloss only on the middle third of your top lip and middle two thirds of you bottom lip.

2 - To enhance a lip line or Cupid's bow, instead of using lip liner, use a shimmery highlighter powder or eye pencil (in flesh/ champagne tone). I like to trace the Cupid's bow and the middle third of the bottom lip just below or adjacent to the lip line.

3 - To enhance a lip line or Cupid's bow, instead of using lip liner, use a shimmery highlighter powder or eye pencil (in flesh/ champagne tone). I like to trace the Cupid's bow and the middle third of the bottom lip just below or adjacent to the lip line.

4 - Always use concealer or foundation on the corners of the lip to take away any shadows. These shadows at the corners of the lip can age the lip area and make the lips look like they are turned downwards.

5 - Use concealer or foundation to take away any shadows or creases in the chin. This helps to elongate the chin. As we age, our chin shortens and we get "thumbprint" shadows. By using concealer or foundation here we create the illusion of a fuller, longer and pointier chin which will in turn enhance the lip area.

I hope these tricks will help you too!

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