How to Do Jennifer Lopez Makeup - 2 Expert Tricks for Fuller Lips

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Today, I’m going to show you how to do makeup like Jennifer Lopez for fuller lips, using 2 quick makeup artist tricks. I’ve tried them myself, and they’re very easy, so anyone can do it. So if you want to learn how to get a JLo makeup look or how to make your lips look fuller, follow along!

Tools and materials:

  • Bronzer or contour powder
  • Small, flat brush
  • Nude lip liner
  • Nude lip gloss
How to do Jennifer Lopez makeup

JLo's makeup & makeup artists

The photo reference I'll be using for this tutorial is JLo's Allure cover shoot. Mary Phillips was the makeup artist who created this look, but I'll be using tips from JLo's regular makeup artist, Scott Barnes, on what he usually does to make her lips look so full.

Barnes worked with Jennifer Lopez on her Vegas show, so he knows some stage makeup tricks and how to create illusions on the face. There are 2 tricks he used to make lips look fuller that I think anybody can do themselves. Read on to find out what they are!

Using bronzer as a lip contour

1. Choose a lip contouring product

The first thing you’re going to need is some sort of lip contour product. You could use your regular contour or a bronzer. I’m using Makeup Revolution Mega Bronzer in the color 01 Cool.

This is one of my favorite bronzers, and it’s a cool tone, which means it doesn’t have any orange in it. This is going to help make the contouring appear more realistic. 

How to get a JLo makeup look

2. Choose the right brush

Choose a makeup brush with a small, flat head to apply the contour. I’m using a Scott Barnes brush that has flat, paddle-like bristles. I mean, which makeup brush would be better to use than one designed by JLo's makeup artist?

Applying contour below the lower lip

3. Apply contour

To create the illusion of a fuller lip, I’m applying contour directly below the edge of my lower lip. JLo’s makeup artist does this for both the top and bottom lips, but I found it didn’t look right when I applied the contour to my top lip. So I am only applying it to the bottom.

Make sure to start lighter, and only add more color if needed. 

Applying nude lipliner across the cupid's bow

4. Apply lip liner

For my upper lip, I applied a lip liner that is just a shade or two darker than my natural lip color. I’m using NYX Slide On Glide On lip liner in the color Nude Suede Shoes.

I followed the natural line of my lips, except for along the cupid’s bow. At my cupid’s bow, I connected the two peaks of my upper lip to make my lips appear fuller. I still made sure to dip inwards a bit, but not as deep as my natural cupid’s bow.  

Applying lip liner to the lower lip

I also applied the lip liner to my lower lip, following my natural lip line. 

JLo glow makeup tutorial

5. Apply lip gloss

For lip gloss, I’m using Maybelline Lifter Gloss in the shade Topaz. I definitely recommend this lip gloss for everyone. It smells delightful and feels super hydrating. I simply applied the lip gloss as I normally do on top of the contour and lip liner. 

Pulling lip gloss upwards on the top lip

6. Pull upwards

Another trick that JLo’s makeup artist recommended was to pull the lipgloss upward on your upper lip and downward on your lower lip, all along the perimeter.

The lip gloss will show up better because it grabs onto the lip liner, and this will help make your lips appear fuller, as well. 

How to do makeup like JLo

JLo makeup tricks for fuller lips

JLo makeup for fuller lips tutorial

So that’s it for my JLo makeup tutorial. I feel you can really see the difference in my fuller lips. Please let me know what you thought of this tutorial and how these tricks work for you!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Bronzer or contour powder
  • Small, flat brush
  • Nude lip liner
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  • Cathy Craven Davis Cathy Craven Davis on Oct 20, 2021

    How could I get that same bronzing product that was used in this lip video. Every one I've ever tried looks dirty or orangey on me.

    I appreciate your response.