Makeup Trick for Fuller Looking Lips (it’s cheaper than lip implants and tattooing)

My favorite college job was working at the Clinique counter. Only when I worked in DC as a legal assistant was I as spoiled by a job. Both jobs provided tons of free perks. As a legal assistant I received free lunches, free tickets to hockey games and concerts… all from copy companies vying for the opportunity to be the sole provider of boxes and boxes and boxes of copied legal files and documents.

As a Clinique consultant, I didn’t receive concert tickets, but I received so much free makeup I had to give some away just to make room for the new stuff. And the training… oh mercy – the training. A day spent learning about makeup… Heaven. On top of that there were the fancy hotels they put us up in while we attended said training.

Wiping poopie bottoms and folding 50 million loads of laundry per day while wearing makeup and refereeing disputes on who stole the tires off of the Mazda Hot Wheels is the compromise I made from the a glamorous life I once led.

Why are y’all yelling at me to get to the point!!???!!


What I am getting at, is this handy tip I learned years ago while selling Clinique. I use it to this day and it keeps my lipcolor on forever, without the expensive and drying, clumpy goo that is known as long-lasting lipstick. This also is great for creating a fuller look for your lips.

First: Apply dots of concealer around the lips. Nothing crazy – don’t go overboard. Just a dab to blend.

Second: Line the lips right at the edge. Don’t go too far outside of the lips – you’ll look like a clown. And that is not in style, last I checked. Also, fill in a bit of the lips with the liner. (this goes a long way in helping color last).

Third: Buff some powder onto your lips. Just a light dusting. This sets the liner and helps keep your color on your lips.

Fourth: apply lipstick/gloss. I don’t have a photo of this or the final result. But seriously, it’s not like I really needed any of these photos to explain what I was talking about… I just felt the need to continue the apparent theme on my blog this week: lookatme!!lookatme!!!

Let me know if you try it. I love the impact it has on my lips.


  1. I disagree with you. I needed the photos! Keep it really simple for me…I need the help. I am glad you outlined that (no pun intended) because I would have never thought to put concealer on my lips prior to anything else. Thanks!

  2. I liked the photos. I also learned this technique while I was a Mary Kay consultant. It works. But I rarely go to all that work anymore. I usually just put on my tinted lip gloss and go. Maybe I should revert back to my old ways . . .

  3. fullheartandhands mama says

    I needed the pics as well. Thanks for sharing such a good tip.

  4. Baby Mamma aka Tamra says

    Makeup training? Ooh, I am coveting! But maybe if you keep sharing these tips I can resist. :)

  5. Great tip!!!

    CuuuUUUuute hair! (I have some just like it at my house — only a little more blonde LOL).

  6. Kelly @ Love Well says

    You did a great job explaining that. And for a visual person like me? The pictures were almost necessary. (Sad, isn’t it? I’m that visual.)

    But honestly, I was so fixated on the cute hairstyle (still) that I hardly noticed that thing you were doing with your nose.

  7. I like the tips, but considering I wear makeup only once or twice a week, and it is applied in the car, I can’t imagine adding the steps. I can put on gloss without looking, but liner in the car? Either an accident, or crooked lines!

  8. What a heavenly job learning all about makeup. Thanks for sharing the lipstick idea. I think you have found a recurring topic to share – makeup tips and tricks.

  9. as the only daughter of a hippie mom, I never learned the ‘ways of the makeup’-

    I would LOVE more posts just like this!!


  10. Mackenzies Momma says

    thanks for the tip, i have the ‘long lasting’ stuff but rarely use it as I bought it as an ‘accesory’ to a costume and so its about 6 shades too dark ;)

  11. Karen Erickson says

    Great tips. I worked retail (dept store) in college and tho I didn’t work at the makeup counters, I had friends who did. Jeez they got a lot of makeup – sometimes I would get the run off. LOL


  12. You’re so pretty, Karla. Do you do the lipstick thing often? It’s a tough one for me, because I just hate for my lips to feel dry…I stick with Carmex, but that means no color.

  13. Karla! This post was brilliant! and you are so beautiful, too!

  14. Excellent post Karla! I will definitely try that. It’s somewhere in the back of my brain but I don’t think I have ever tried it.

    I like your haircut. My hair is driving me nuts! Maybe I’ll post about it today for Fight the Frump…

  15. Lip tattooing freaks me out…ok all tattooing freaks me out! But this is a great tip!

  16. Thanks for that! I will definitely try it.

    I LOVE lipstick. Somehow, whenever I’m having a bad day, if I put some on, even if I’m just staying home with the kids, I feel better.

    And my girls love lip gloss, too!

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  17. I love this stuff and I need the pictures bc I’m so afraid of what I’m thinking she’s talking about is actually all wrong! Uggghhh….thats not good.

    So…keep ’em coming!

  18. All Superhero tips appreciated here! Especially from those who never learned as a young adult/teen (who me?)

  19. Awesome tips – thank you – and the photos are good.. I am a visual learner… :D

  20. You are so beautifuL!!! No wonder, clinique hired you.

    And thanks for the Nice tip! I hope you could also feature the right way of putting eye make up? I guess lots of women is not good in that department, like me.

  21. Christine, Queen of the Crazies says

    Love your tip and thanks for the tutorial as well! I know this was about lips but I thought your brows looked fab, too. :-)

  22. Anonymous says

    GREAT!! Thanks Karla! Please, please share with us about the eyes. When I head to the Clinique counter, I always covet the beautiful eye make-up the girls have done. I just never have the time to sit and have them teach me how to do the eyes.

    Andrea L.

  23. The Flip Flop Mamma! says

    That is a whole lotta work!!! But I guess since I only wear make up every once in a while, I’ll try it! I liked the pictures!

    You’re so purdy!

  24. Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife says

    This is a great idea! I’m going to try it in the morning. Thanks for sharing it!

  25. Kathy in WA says

    Nice to have photos to illustrate the tip. I used to use powder to set my lipstick but haven’t done it in a while. Thanks for the reminder and the details!

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  26. The Daileys says

    Great tip for special occasions (never would have thought of concealer first!!!), but for me, I HATE dry lips and pretty much need an IV drip of Burts Bees Lip Balm straight to my lips all day (it’s sad, really)… got any professional tips for keeping color on moist lips?????

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