4 Ways To Accentuate Your Cupid's Bow With Color

Lisa John
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Everyone knows a little luminizer works wonders to emphasize your Cupid's bow and make your lips look more shapely. But I recently went in search (mostly via Tumblr) of other, more creative ways to emphasize this illustrious part of my mouth. 

One of the looks that I needed to try instantly was this light pink, glossy lip with a gold lip line from Prada's 2008 S/S show. I fooled around with three other ideas, too. 

1. Gold & Glossy 

ombre lip color

Folding in a similar ombré look that I also ran across on Tumblr,  I used Dior Addict Lipstick in Charmante, which is a soft pink with a hint of coral. Then I used NP Set Lip Gloss in sheer pink Hawaii. To line my Cupid’s bow, I grabbed Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear Waterproof in gold Girl’s Night Out.

lining cupid's bow with gold eyeliner

I really love the results. This enhanced my lips in a very subtle way, and it gives a typically plain lip look a little more power and interest. Side note: using a waterproof eye pencil for lip liner was amazing. It made the color last really long, even after I drank a cup of coffee and then a glass of water.

2. Holiday Vibes 

julie hewett coco noir lipstick

Here’s where this became even more fun. I decided to take one of my favorite reds, Julie Hewett Coco Noir (this collection of reds also has a few of Mindy Kaling’s favorites), and ombré-lined my lip with the same gold Sephora pencil. The gold accentuated the vibrancy and depth of the lip color, as well as the shape of my upper lip. I think this would also be a fun look for holiday parties.

3. The Pointy Cupid's Bow

kevyn aucoin the matte lip color in persistence

Wanting to reshape my Cupid’s bow into more of an unnatural pointed look, I used a combination of silver and purple. First I used my new favorite purple, Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color in Persistence, just a wash of that color. Then I used YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Pourpre Preview to give my lips more shine and depth, and to make the silver liner less obviously sparkly. Then I ombré-lined my lip with Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Silver, a shimmering frosty silver.

4. Everyday Wear

maybelline colorsensational lipcolor in crazy for coffee

The lipstick I have been wearing almost every day is Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lip Color in the brown shade Crazy for Coffee. I decided to pair that with Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear Waterproof in Strawberry Macaroon. It has a rosy gold hue with a natural pinkish lip undertone. For this look I just lined the V of my Cupid’s bow, just for a little highlighting, which really seemed to make my lips pop.

  • Would you ever try these looks? 
  • Do you reshape your lips with liner? 
  • How else do you emphasize your favorite facial features?