How to Make Lips Look Bigger: Carli-Bybel-Inspired Lip Makeup Tutorial

Isabella Demarko
by Isabella Demarko
6 Materials
10 Minutes

In this lip makeup tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to apply lip liner to make your lips look fuller.

Carli Bybel is one of the many queens of the beauty community. Her lip looks are so striking, and I wanted to see if there was a way I could replicate the Carli Bybel lips onto my own lips.

My lips are rather average compared to hers which are big, full, and rather luscious, but even still, I was able to achieve a similar look with makeup.

Tools and materials:

  • Lip balm
  • Lip liner
  • Matte lip gloss
  • Lipstick highlighter 
  • Angled brush 
  • Contour
Applying lip balm to dry lips

1. Apply lip balm 

Start with applying some lip balm to prep your lips just so they’re not dry. 

How to apply lip liner to make lips look full

2. Overline your lips

To achieve that really full lip look, the best way to do it is by overlining. I love overlining; I think it enhances any makeup look and it means you don’t have to get lip injections.

To overline, make sure your lip liner pencil is sharpened and start by lining them pretty normally. This means starting where your lip ends and goes kind of transparent. 

How to overline lips

Once your lip is lined normally, it’s time to overline. When overlining, you want to only do a little bit at a time because it’s very easy to overdo it.

Go slightly underneath where your lip actually is and this is going to extend the size of your lip. 

How to define lips with makeup

3. Fill in your lips

It’s going to look a bit of a mess but, don’t worry, let’s fix it. Fill in your lip with the liner just a little bit, and then we’re going to fill it in with a color. 

How to make thin lips look bigger

Carli wears a lot of nude, brown, and matte lipsticks so I’m going to use this brownish, mauve lipgloss to fill in the rest of my lips. Make sure to go over where you’ve overdrawn as best you can.

Before and after lip makeup tutorial

Let them dry matte. As you can see, just by overdrawing they look a lot bigger than they are naturally, and because I used a darker color against my fair skin, it accentuates my lips.

Highlighting lips with a lighter lipstick

4. Highlight your lips

I’m going to further extend the size of my lips by highlighting them with a rather light lipstick. By highlighting the biggest part of your lip, which is the middle, it brings that forward and makes it look bigger.

The difference is really subtle, but it adds that extra detail to make them look just a little bit fuller.

Applying contour to the sides of the mouth

5. Deepen the crease of your mouth

A very important step to getting Carli’s signature look is to deepen the crease of your mouth. Carli has these rather long creases that accentuate her lips.

To achieve this look, grab an angled brush and with a contour color, very lightly make a line that extends from the crease of your mouth.

If you put too much, you can dab it away with your finger. It should be very, very subtle. 

A minor caveat: this can look kind of odd when you’re talking or opening your mouth, the line is quite obvious, but this looks really beautiful if you’re just taking pictures. 

Applying contour and highlight around lips

6. Contour and highlight your bottom lip and cupid’s bow

The very last thing to do is to contour just below your bottom lip to give it a bit of extra pop.

This will give the illusion of a shadow so it looks like your lips are just bursting out of your face and giving off a very natural shadow.

You should be accentuating the natural shadow you already have, again, very lightly. There is such a thing as overdoing it. 

You can also highlight your cupid’s bow to make your top lip look a little bigger as well. 

Carli-Bybel-inspired lip makeup tutorial

How to get Carli Bybel lips with makeup

Lip makeup tutorial

That’s it! I tend to do this makeup look pretty much every day, and it’s the best way I’ve found to make my lips look a little bigger.

By no means am I implying that we should all have lips like Carli's, but there's no harm in being inspired and experimenting with makeup. In the meantime, always rock what you got, girl!

Let me know if you try out this lip makeup tutorial and what you think in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Lip balm
  • Lip liner
  • Matte lip gloss
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  • Cathryn Campbell Cathryn Campbell on Feb 14, 2022

    Thank you for a detailed, well thought out tutorial! You've clearly described how to contour lips -- without plastic surgery or injections!

    You have the eye of an artist. Thanks again for an approach that the *ordinary* person can try.

  • Marlene Marlene on Feb 15, 2022

    Omg! U r Gorgeous!!!!! 💓