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Your lips can be the most defining feature of your face, and it is important to know how to apply lipstick the correct way for each type. With different types of lips, you can play up or down your lips depending on the look you want to achieve. Whether you prefer a natural look or you’re going for full-on glamor, there are a few basic rules that should be applied to all lip shapes. 

We’ll delve into seven popular lip types—thin lips, voluptuous lips, skinny lips, full lips, plump lips, heart-shaped lips, and cupid bow—and discuss how best to apply lipstick that both accentuates and works with your own personal shape. We’ll also talk about how to avoid common makeup mistakes and pick a color that looks amazing on you! So, join us as we explore these seven lip shapes and learn how to use lip makeup like an expert! 

Understanding Different Lip Types 

Are you a fan of lipsticks but don’t know where to start? You must first understand your lip type. While it’s true there are no hard and fast rules on how to apply liquid lipsticks, the goal is to always make your lips look their best. Keep in mind that different lip types require different techniques for the perfect pout. 

Here are the seven common lip types and how to apply lipstick for each one: 

Thin Lips 

Thin lips can be easily improved with a few tricks. Start with a nude, light-colored lip pencil to the line just outside of your natural lip line. Then fill in using a lipstick one or two shades darker than your desired finish. This will help create an illusion of fuller lips while still maintaining a natural look. 

Full Lips 

Full lips often look better when they’re highlighted with lighter colors such as nudes and pinks. Use a neutral-colored liner slightly closer to the natural lip line, then use the same shade as the liner and blend it out more toward the center of your lips for maximum effect! 

The Soft and Full Lip Type 

If you have the soft and full lip type, you wouldn’t want to go too dark on the color as that will take away from your natural lip shape, so consider a nourishing or cream lipstick with a hint of tint instead. 

To apply, start by outlining the top and bottom of your lip line without going beyond them. Then, fill in the inner parts of the lips with light strokes to create an even color finish. Use a brush if you prefer more details or your fingers for a softer finish. To make sure the color lasts longer, top it off with a bit of clear gloss—your natural pout will be popping in no time! 

The Petite Cupid-Bow Lip Type 

If you’re lucky enough to have a petite cupid-bow lip, you should be proud! This is pretty rare among the other types of lips, and the shape is simply adorable. For this lip type, it’s important that your makeup looks natural, as it can easily become overblown. 

To achieve a natural look: 

  • Apply a light lip balm to moisturize the lips and create a smooth canvas for the color. 
  • Swipe on some lipstick with a brush so that you can control the precise shape of your lips. This will also ensure that the pigment is evenly distributed without looking too heavy-handed. 
  • To add dimension and fullness, lightly swipe some gloss or shimmery gloss in the middle of your bottom lip. 
  • Use concealer to clean up any excess color near the edges or smudges near your nose. 

Apart from this simple routine, you can always add some sparkly eyeshadow or highlighter along your upper cupid’s bow for extra shine and dimension! 

The Uneven Lip Type 

If you have an uneven lip type, then it’s all about blending colors to bring attention to the upper lip instead of your uneven lower lip. Here’s how you can apply lipstick the right way: 

  1. Start by outlining your lips with a nude lip liner, focusing on the corners and edges of your top lip. 
  1. Fill in the entire upper lip and make sure to blend it out properly. 
  1. Lightly fill in the lower lip with sheer lipstick or with some foundation or concealer to make both lips appear even in contrast to each other. 
  1. Take a nude or lighter shade of lipstick and start blending from the lower lip up into the inner corner of your upper lip to create a more seamless look. 
  1. Finally, apply your chosen shade of lipstick for a look that will draw attention to your top lip and away from any unevenness on your bottom lip. 

The Large and Wide Lip Type 

You’re probably the large and wide lip type among the different lip shapes if you find that your lips take up a greater portion of your face and are generally wider. The best way to bring out your full lips with makeup is to use a lip color that is slightly lighter than the actual shade of your lips. Try to lightly apply the lipstick all over the lip area with an even layer—not too much, not too little. This gives you soft yet defined lips while also maintaining a natural look. 

Then, add a touch of a shimmery gloss or shimmery eyeshadow in a pinkish hue or a shade close to your natural lip color on top of the lipstick for some extra shine and dimension. Finally, use a light concealer around your lip area so it appears more contoured and stands out even more! 

The Asymmetrical Lip Type 

The Asymmetrical Lip Type is identified by one lip is fuller than the other. If you have an asymmetrical lip shape which is also common for different types of lips, you should always apply lipstick to both lips; this helps create a balanced look and even out the fullness difference. When applying color, the starting point should be the thinner lip to fill it in. The thicker side can then have a slightly darker shade to create balance. 

There are different techniques for applying lipstick on asymmetrical lips: 

  • Start on the thin side: Start by applying the lipstick to your thinner lip first, then move on to your thicker lip. This will help balance out and even out both sides of your lip. 
  • Blend it on both lips: This technique involves lightly blending out the lipstick on your lips while keeping most of the color concentrated in the middle area of your lips. This is perfect for those who want an even application with light coverage that still looks natural but vibrant. 
  • Use a brush: For more precise application, use a brush instead of directly from tubes or sticks as this allows you to concentrate more product into certain areas that need extra coverage. Additionally, you can also use a small brush to help blend out any harsh lines around your outer lip line for a smoother finish. 

The Duckbill-Shaped Lip Type 

The duckbill-shaped lip type is characterized by sloping inwards corners which gives them the appearance of a duck’s beak. It can be easily identified with fuller lips and a bit of uniformity between the upper and lower lip. 

To enhance this lip shape, it is like any other different lip shape you can opt for a slightly darker lipstick color on the upper and lower lip as this will create an illusion of fullness on the outer edges. Also, apply a highlighter or gloss to the center part of your lips to create an illusion of fullness and add definition. The overall effect should be subtle and soft. 

Additionally, you can opt for natural-looking brownish-pink shades that appear pinkish on lighter skin tones and have a brownish hue on deeper skin tones. You can also play around with glossy or shimmery shades as they will emphasize your lips more so than matte shades. 


Lipstick has been an integral part of makeup for centuries and depending on the different types of lips, the correct application can be the difference between a look that flatters you and one that does not. Whether you have thin lips or full lips, thick lips or wide lips, knowing the right way to apply lipstick according to your lip type and shape can help you create a look that brings out your unique beauty. No matter what type of lips you have, take the time to do a bit of research and create a lip look that is uniquely yours! Looking for travel tips, fashion advice, or information on health and beauty? Lifestylenmore has you covered! Contact us today for more information.