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What is overlining?
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Another week, another word. You might not be familiar with ‘overlining’ but by the time you finished this lastest #PowderDictionary exert you’ll be a pro. Let’s start with the basics…

What is overlining?

“Pouty-Patty overlined her lips to make them look fuller for Instagram. Scandalous.”

Overlining is when you draw your lip liner slightly outside your natural lip shape to make your lips look fuller.

Who needs it?

If you fancy making your pout a bit more…pouty, then this is a quick fix that involves absolutely no lip filler. Most lip shapes can carry this off and it looks particularly amazing on those with naturally fuller lips – you lucky things! If your lips are on the smaller side, you’ll need to be extra careful to not over draw your natural lip line. There is a very fine line (quite literally) between overlined and overdone. Go for a millimeter outside your natural lip line first. If that looks ok you can always slowly build it up.

Power Tip: Use a lip plumper first (we pop the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss on for a bit to work its magic before wiping it away) prior to lining your lips to give yourself a guide when your lips are at their full pout-potential.

Where do we find it?

To scoff: No eating here, unless your lip liner happens to taste great. In that case, share the love and let us know.

To smother: The best tool to use is a freshly sharpened lip liner pencil that matches the same shade of lipstick that you’re following with. This has more precision than a lipstick and gives your colour something to cling on to, rather than sliding all over the place.

Power Tip: Go for a lipstick finish that is opaque and not too creamy – if it is too sheer or glossy your overline could end up smudging throughout the day.

When should it go on our face?

Depending on how far you overline, this look might look better for the dancefloor rather than the desk. Overlining will inevitably look more noticeable in the daytime when your natural lip contour is on show, so opt for hues that match your natural lip colour to trick people into thinking your lips really are this full.

Avoid it…

If you’re in a rush. You’ll run the risk of looking like a 3-year old who pinched her mum’s lip liner. Take the time to perfect your pout.

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