A Quick Friday Makeup Tip for Eye-Catching Lips

Published in: Lips, Makeup Tips/How To

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Lipstick in this look: Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Muse

I frickin’ love Will Ferrell movies. Really, the dude can just be sitting quietly in a chair, and I start cracking up.

I’ve seen Step Brothers about 20 times. That’s my favorite one, with Night at the Roxbury and Elf tied for second.

I caught Anchorman for the first time a few weeks ago, and even though I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, I loved the makeup…

Yup, the makeup.

The movie’s set in the 1970s. Will Ferrell plays this cheesy news anchorman who pursues a beautiful and ambitious reporter, Veronica Corningstone, played by Christina Applegate.

Through the whole movie, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of Christina’s lips. Her character wears bright, eye-catching lip colors, and if you look closely, you can see also see a shimmery highlight on top of her cupid’s bow, at the top center of her upper lip.

It’s a little thing, but it adds a lot to your look, especially when you really want to put the focus on your pout and make your upper lip look a little more lifted.

I do this trick a lot because it only takes a few seconds…

And there’s not much to it. I usually use an eye pencil brush, one with a small brush head like the MAC 219. It has a stiff, dense, pointy end that’s great for little details like this.

I use all kinds of different highlighters for this one, too — creams, liquids, solid sticks, pressed powders, loose powders and pencil highlighters. Give it a try with one of your favorites.

Some ideas for highlighters…

Here I’m using a silvery pinkish beige loose powder, MAC Iridescent/Loose Powder in Silver Dusk.

mac silver dusk
MAC Silver Dusk

After applying my lipstick/gloss/liner/etc., I just grab my pencil and highlighter, and gently pat a bit of the shimmer along the top center of my upper lip. Then, I blend out any visible edges with a finger or a blending brush like the MAC 217.


makeup tips for lips
Lipstick in this look: Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Muse


That’s it! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




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  1. Nina says:

    If Jeremy Renner says lips, ill say “how bright?”. 😀

  2. Tina B says:

    Will Ferrell is the best, for me it’s a tie between Night at the Roxbury and Talledega Nights! Great tip, I use a cream highlighter and top it with a swipe of powder highlighter. Can you tell I love highlighters? 🙂 Happy Friday!!
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  3. Dianna Trujillo says:

    Did I miss it.. what color are you wearing it’s beautiful!

  4. gio says:

    Love the lip color you’re wearing, it’s beautiful!
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  5. Minnegirl says:

    What lip color are you wearing? It is beautiful!

  6. Marilyn says:


  7. Inaya says:

    What lip color r u using?!?! It’s MAGIC

  8. Kelly says:

    I too adore Will Ferrell in pretty much anything. Can’t wait to see his latest! Fab lip color Karen!
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  9. BeautyMaven says:


    Love Jeremy Renner

  10. Cheryl says:

    Lol! I used to hate Will Ferrell but after seeing Step Brothers, I like him now. Hahaha!!! I could watch that movie & Elf over and over again! :))

  11. Tracy says:

    Anchorman is my fave WIll Ferrel movie and next is Elf.
    You need to watch it a few more times-there are some great lines in Anchorman, especially from Steve Carell’s character. I love lamp!
    I do this trick all the time! I just make sure the lady stache is in check otherwise you can call attention to it haha!
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  12. Paris B says:

    I love this! Such a simple tip but the impact is wonderful and that color is having me want it too! Thanks for all the tutorials so far, Karen. Its been very instructive 🙂
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  13. Lulle says:

    This is a great tip for a sexy pout! I don’t know why I don’t do it more often…
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  14. I find cream/liquid highlighters best for the cupid bow, my favorite being Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter!
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  15. Rachel B. says:

    Gorgeous! Seems like you’re all set to walk the red carpet!

  16. Soo Jin says:

    I LOVE Will Ferrell!! He was awesome in Zoolander as Mugatu! Max (Hubs) and I waited in line for over an hour to see him when he was promoting his new film in Seattle but he was gone in a flash so we missed him! We were so bummed.

  17. Nadege says:

    That last pic is hilarious with Jeremy Renner!

  18. Jess Lee says:

    the color of your lips in the last shot looks amazing on u!!! everything was complemented~ xox

  19. Kumiko Mae says:

    I agree! accentuating the cupid’s bow makes the lips extra sexy and prettily shaped. it’s a very easy task, small effort, but big and obvious result 😀

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