The Bare Minimum for Bold Lips

*This post is 100% based on my opinion! Flaunt your face however you’d like! 🙂


Alright, so you’ve decided you want to do a bold lip. They are super fun for any time of year. You certainly don’t want to over do everything else and end up with clown makeup. Let me tell you about the opposite problem I’ve seen around.

Think about it this way, when you put a centrepiece on a table, its to make it look pretty and to become the focus of the table (stay with me guys). It’s there to accent the table, it isn’t there to become the table. The centrepiece pulls the entire look of the table together, maybe accents the wood grain, or the other things on the table, but it is meant to work together.

Alright now think of this, your face is like that table. You have your centrepiece (your eyes, lips, cheeks, wherever you try to draw your focus) but you can’t neglect everything else, because you want people to see your finished look, not just your centrepiece.

So, what do we want to do with the rest of our face when we’ve decided on doing a bold lip? What’s the bare minimum to complete the look?

First off, you’re going to want your foundation done. Especially if you are doing doing a red lip. Any redness in your face will be amplified and stand out next to a red lip. So take care of any sort of skin imperfections before doing any other makeup!

I use an airbrush kit from belletto studios.

Otherwise, there’s 3 things (minimum) I’d recommend doing for a bold lip look. Eyebrows, concealer around your lips, and mascara.


I know a lot of people neglect to do their eyebrows when they do their makeup. Yes, it’s scary, you see people with overdone eyebrows and you think about never touching your own. Unless you have a lot of super fine hairs in your eyebrows, you could probably benefit from filling them in. If you’re afraid of overdoing it, just go light! Fill in sparsity! That’s all I really do. I fill in the areas where I can see my skin. If you are a first timer, I’d recommend powder over gels and pencils. It’s easier to start off light and build up the colour as you need. I use NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/Ash.

Next, you should put concealer around the lips. This will make your lip line look super crisp. It’s okay if you get it inside your lip line because you will be going over it with your bold lip colour! I use Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer in Ultra Light.

Last, I recommend using mascara on your lashes. Black, preferably. This along with strengthening your brows will make sure that your eye area doesn’t look small and insignificant with a bold lip. Remember, you want your eyes to work with your lips. The mascara I used for this tutorial is Buxom Lash Mascara.

Now, put your lip colour on and see how it looks!

First picture is Too Faced Melted Fuchsia over MAC Nightmoth Liner. Second picture is OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie
First picture is Too Faced Melted Fuchsia over MAC Nightmoth Liner. Second picture is OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie

I tried to do the liner contour-y thing in the first picture to make my lips look bigger. I ultimately didn’t like it, ended up taking all of it off and going with a colour I like more, with no liner underneath. This is what I personally believe is bare minimum for a nice bold lip. If you want to put a little more into your look, this look here still looks fairly natural and accents your lips:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Mac Blanc Type Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/Ash (also used for crease)
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Milk
Buxom Lash Mascara

Too Face Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Lightscapade
Belletto Studio Ultimate Airbrush System & FY1 “Creme De La”
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer Ultra Light

OCC Lip Tar Hoochie

What is your favourite lipstick for bold lips? Post below!


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