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Creating a Statement Lip

Bobbi Brown

Lesson time 8:56 min

Demonstrating with a dark matte color, Bobbi applies a statement lip on a model and shares how you can do it, too. This application works for a classic red, a bright pink, or darker and more unforgiving colors.

Bobbi Brown
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Bobbi Brown teaches you the tips, tricks, and techniques for applying simple, natural makeup that makes you feel beautiful in your own skin.
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BOBBI BROWN (VOICEOVER): A statement lip can make you look beautiful. When you apply it properly, you can get away without any other makeup on. Whether you want to do a classic red, a bright pink, or go darker-- - Go down here. BOBBI BROWN (VOICEOVER): --I'll show you how to do it right and keep you smiling all day. [MUSIC PLAYING] BOBBI BROWN: Andrea has this beautiful pinky in her lip, but there's three colors I would choose between. One of them has a little bit of red in it. Here's one with brown, and here's one that's more purple. So we're gonna go with the deepest because there's something really nice about having just a deep lip with very little else on the face. So the best way to do a lip, because it's not always the easiest, is you start in the middle, blot your lips together, and then you kind of move it around. Now, I do have a lip pencil if I need it. I try to do the lipstick without a lip pencil. And this is one of those things that it does matter-- the shape of the lip matters. Now, when you're doing the lip, you don't want to go over the lip, but you want to get the full extent. Women make a mistake when they go over the lip line. It just does not look right. And another common mistake that I have tried to make sure I don't do is when one side kind of goes to a point and the other's rounded. And it's really a preference which one you do. I'm using a brush because this color is not forgiving. Red lipstick, deep dark lipstick not forgiving. Even when the lipstick is out of the tube, I think the darkest ones are kind of difficult. If you make a mistake, which I'm sure I will, you take your cotton swab and you take makeup remover, eye makeup remover, and you just clean it up. So when doing the inner corners, you try to get all the way in. This is definitely one of those things that is not fast. And when someone is lucky enough to have really full lips and there's almost a double lip line, you have to make a decision where you stop. Go again like this. Now open your mouth altogether wide. So when you're doing the lips, especially when you're applying it on someone else, you have to make sure you go on the inner corner on both sides but not going over. Okay. And then look at me for a second. So the top is pretty good. Now what I do when I'm almost done is I always show a mirror to the model because sometimes they're really good knowing if that's the right shape. Do you like to go down here? - Yes. BOBBI BROWN: So you go all the way? - Mm-hmm. - Here, go ahead. Show me how you do it. I find that lips are very, very personal. Some models and some women, when I do their makeup, there are certain things they like. And I let them do it, unless it's way off. So you always go to the lower end? - Mm-hmm. - Yeah. And then if you do make a mistake, a way to fix it is with a cotton swab. And then you go right back to the foundation, and then you just use that almost like an eraser. And tha...

Be your own best makeup artist

Bobbi Brown’s philosophy is that makeup should be quick and natural, and it should enhance who you are. A beauty industry icon, Bobbi shares her expertise in step-by-step tutorials, using models with a range of skin tones. You’ll learn how to choose the right foundation, do a smoky eye and a statement lip, and take your look from day to night. But most of all, you’ll learn how to feel confident in your own skin.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Bobbi is really inspiring and listening to her gives me more courage to seek the things I want and to start my own business. And it was really nice hearing her say that she still put her family first. I am a mother of one girl and hopefully will be a mother of two but I still want to show myself and my kids that I can do anything I want to, just with them. It might take longer but that is okay :)

amazing! learnt both make up tips and entrepreneurial skills

She is an amazing woman, I learnt two technics firmly, so happy! I wish I can meet her in real life <3

I am in process with Bobbi Brown. I like the way she explein the tecniques to make up.


Evgenia S.

I don't quite agree that staying a little bit outside the borders of the lips is mistake. I know that other Experts says it as a tip that it will help to make the lips bigger and this trick use a lot of artists, singers, models etc.

A fellow student

Doing the statement lip was interesting, but I probably wouldn't so it on myself. Good info about making the lips the same: pointed or rounded, and about staying inside the borders of the lips.

A fellow student

This wasn't any easy job to do the dark lip colour!Uh I think the dark lips were perfect, no filling in needed...personal choice of the model filling it all the way to the lower end.Good tip to show the mirror to the model when doing lips!

sami B.

if the lesson would only load i could say more! i have 90 Mbit/sec and interminable timeouts on more or less every video i click on. both on the web and the app. totally frustrated after paying serious subscription fee for this. apart from the friendly support bot, which asked basic configuration questions, still no reply to my multiple support requests. masterclass are you there?

Brenda M.

Would like to see more with a Caucasian model- thin lips etc can this beadded


Not sure how to apply this information for my skin tone. Don't find black lips flattering.


Really amazing. The lip color is fantastic for the model, the application is perfect without the need to profile. And what an eye for everything when completing the look

A fellow student

Lots of great info! Bobbi has a unique style, and I'm finding her thoughts are stretching my thinking about makeup which is valuable. I started exploring using more natural colors a month or two before I started watching this, so it's given me a lot of food for thought.


Okay, so this model has beautiful full lips. My lips have lost a lot of college and are thin and turn downward at the corners. If I applied my lipstick according to these instructions... staying inside the lip line, and going all the way to each corner, I would look atrocious! Especially using a lip color that is bright or dark. I really wish she would teach techniques for various shapes and features.

Denisse G.

I wished it was more in depth in regards to eye-shape and what best suites them, as well a better discussion when addressing mature clients and how to work with fine lines.