Yes, dark shades can exaggerate thin lips, making them look like a flat line. “The darker the color, the smaller your lips will appear, and a matte texture makes lips seem even smaller,” says Bower. But that doesn’t mean that those lacking a voluptuous pout are left out of the trend. Simply “go for more of a soft, stained lip rather than a hard, defined shape you’d get with an opaque lipstick
,” says Lee. Or “try using a tinted lip balm” says Bower.
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