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Huda Kattan Finally Shows Us the Art of Lip Contouring

Contouring—or the subtle art of creating faux shadows and highlights—is no longer reserved for just cheekbones and noses. And beauty blogger Huda Kattan, the mastermind behind the Huda Beauty line that includes lipsticks, liners, and false lashes, is here to help us master the art of lip contouring. Kylie Jenner has also said a thing or two on the subject, but this new video from Kattan is about as expert as it gets.

A few months ago, Kattan posted a video, in collaboration with Sephora, demonstrating her technique. And first, let’s be clear: She has some pretty excellent lips to start. Her lip contouring is a multistep process: Prep lips by exfoliating with a warm towel, hydrate with lip balm, and then blot away excess oil with a tissue. Next, with a lip pencil (she makes one specifically for that purpose), draw an “x” shape along your cupid’s bow, over-emphasizing the cross to plump up the volume of your top lip. Outline your entire mouth, then fill in the rest of your lips.

Now comes the contouring part. With a darker shade, rim your mouth with color, then add tiny vertical lines on the center, left and right of your lips. (That’s the shadowing that creates extra depth.) Next, minimize any jagged lines with a few pats of concealer on a fine brush, top with more balm to blend, and dab off any excess. The effect is larger-looking lips in just over a minute. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with lip fillers—if that’s the route you want to take to feel beautiful—but we must say, thanks to Huda Kattan, it’s nice to know that significant volume can be achieved with a little smoke and mirrors. Or, rather, lip pencil and balm.


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