It is perhaps unbeknownst to women who were born with full, luscious lips how lucky they have been and how good of a hand they’ve been dealt by their genes. For the rest of us, we have to bluff, wheel and deal to have even an outside chance of achieving that coveted, fuller-lipped appearance.

Luckily, it’s not impossible – one just needs to know how. Scroll down for the top seven pieces of advice that will bring those full lips you’ve been dreaming off just a few strokes away.

1. Prepare

Use a special scrub or a soft toothbrush to cleanse your lips. This kind of massage will allow the lipstick to cover your lips evenly and smoothly.

2. Define the contours

Use concealer to correct the contour of your lips. Hide their natural borders, then draw new ones with a liner following the scheme above.

3. Blend the colors

It is always better to take time out and blend out the contour, especially if you are doing the routine for a day out in the sunshine.

4. Outline your lip line

Use concealer or highlighter to accent the line of your lips and make them look fuller.

5. Plump your lips

Your lips will look much fuller if you outline the corners with a pencil, then proceed to apply some concealer to the middle.

6. Apply lipstick neatly

To draw the contour more easily make a cross under your Cupid’s bow in the middle of the upper lip. Then outline the corners of your lips, and finally connect the lines.

7. Accentuate the middle

Apply concealer to your lips first, then apply a bold lipstick and blend it out carefully if you are pursuing a more delicate and tender look.