Makeup is no longer about covering up imperfections—it’s now a work of art. From intricately applied eye shadow to glitter and glam, new trends are lighting up the runways (and our Instagram feeds!) every day. But don’t run off to cosmetology school yet; we have a few tricks up our sleeve to help you achieve two of the most popular looks right now: fuller lips and larger eyes.
Although being blessed with naturally full lips or getting lip injections are the only surefire way to secure big lips, the right makeup can definitely give you the appearance of a plumper pout. Start with a lip exfoliant, like the Tom Ford Lip Exfoliator from Neiman Marcus. This sugar-based scrub will work to remove dry flakes and dead skin cells from your lips, to make them look healthier, cleaner and smoother.
Next, add lip liner. But instead of trying to match it to your lipstick like the popular ‘90s trend, find a liner that matches your natural lip color instead. BareMinerals Gen Nude Lip Liner from Beauty Brands offers five unique shades to make color matching easy. Apply it all along your natural lip line and a little further to extend the shape of your lips.
Finish by applying your favorite color—a glossier, creamier lip gloss or lipstick works better than a matte. Go a step further by using a lip gloss that is specifically designed to give you fuller lips, like the Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Cream from Sephora that includes peptide and a hyaluronic acid booster to help support natural collagen and give lips a fuller appearance.
Big, beautiful eyes are in right now, for obvious reasons. Luckily, you can achieve this look even without using a Snapchat filter. The first step: get rid of the dark shadows and bags under your eyes. Whether you got them from bad genetics or because you don’t consistently clock in eight hours of sleep, these dark spots instantly make your eyes look shadowy, hooded and small. This Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector from Neiman Marcus comes in a variety of colors designed to target your problem area (for example, peach minimizes dark spots, yellow brightens dullness). Apply liberally under your eyes before your foundation.
Next, skip the smoky eye and dark eyeliner in favor of something lighter and brighter. Lighter cream, tan and pink eyeshadow will make you seem more alert, and a nude eyeliner, like the Tarte Fake Awake Eye Highlighter from Beauty Brands will give your eyes a bigger, brighter look when applied to the inner corner and rim of the eyes.
Complete the wide-eyed look with a volumizing mascara. The Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara from Sephora will make your lashes look longer, thicker and curvier—and your eyes will look more gorgeous than ever!