Makeup Beauty Capsule – Check Out 3 Easy Lip Tips!

I’m so excited to share the final step in my easy Makeup Capsule with y’all!  These are my favorite products that I go back to time and time again from all different price points, and I’ll show you some of my quick and easy techniques from my beauty routine!  All in all, it takes me about 10 minutes to do the entire thing, and really….that’s about 8 minutes too long somedays!  😉  At least that’s what Baby tells me.  He he.  Anyway, I hope this is useful to you, and let me know what you think below!

**NOTE: I am not a makeup expert by ANY means, and I know all face shapes, skin types and beauty budgets are as different as can be.  Only sharing what works for me, because I love learning about new products and techniques from others, too!

(*Not a sponsored post, FYI.  Just affiliate links to what I use and love!)


CottonStem.come easy makeup capsule


1 – Highlight Cupid’s Bow

Remember that amazing highlighting powder from the first step [HERE]?  Well, now it’s doing double duty by helping highlight the cupid’s bow on the lips!  I just use what’s leftover on the small end of my double-ended brush and tap a bit onto the tip top of my upper lip.  Helps grab the light and add fullness to those smackers! 😉 easy makeup lip tutorial for busy moms easy makeup routine for busy moms

2 – Create shadow and fullness by lining lips…my trick!

So I believe I learned this trick on, one of my very favorite beauty blogs, and, when I do this trick, I get so many messages hint hint hinting about lip fillers… 😉  To answer this personal FAQ, nope!  No fillers…just this little trick! (I was made fun of SO MUCH about my big ol’ lips while I was growing up and am still a little self-concious when wearing bright lipstick…funny how things stick with us from childhood, huh?  I do love these smackers now as an adult, though!)

I use CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eye Liner (I know…) in the color Mink, because it’s just the best color I’ve used to create sort of a shadow effect in just the right places around the lips.  I line juuuuuuust outside the lip line at the base of my bottom lip (only in the center-see above), and then I’ll add just a bit on the sides of my upper lip.  NOTE: go easy at first till you get the hang of this trick, otherwise you could end up with a lady-stache shadow!

Next, BLEND!!  I use the other side of the pencil to blend blend blend that sucker in, creating just a hint of a shadow.  This shadow is basically contouring your lips to make them appear fuller, and then, when you add your color, you’ve finished the visual illusion by highlighting with gloss or color!

3 – Butter Gloss for the win!

If you guys follow along over on Instagram, you’ll know I’m completely obsessed with the NYX Butter Glosses of all shades.  😍  My very favorite one that I also used here is Creme Brulee, but they are all creamy, pinky/peachy/neutral, and I heart them big.  Anyway, I just fill my lips with this buttery gloss, and I’m all done with the lip routine!  This would work with any color or style of lip product, however.  Give it a try! easy lip makeup routine for busy moms

There you have it!  My super quick and easy makeup routine and beauty capsule!  What do you guys think?!  AND…would you like me to do a video to go along with these posts?  Considering an Instagram Live video that I could save and then add here…let me know your thoughts on doing tutorial videos below, and come check out more of my beauty inspo over on Pinterest, too!



  1. Lisa

    July 27th, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Great tip!! I love the butter gloss too👍🏻👄

  2. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:33 am

    They are just so yum and so cheap. Win win. 🙌🏻

  3. Kimberly

    July 27th, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I gotta try this lip gloss! I think having the videos to show how you make the shadow/lip line with the eye liner would be very helpful. I enjoy watching your IG stories!

  4. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Ok perfect, thank you!!

  5. Pam

    July 27th, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I wear all the NYX butter gloss too! Love them!!

  6. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Totally addicted. 🙋🏻

  7. Julie

    July 27th, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Thanks for the great lip tricks !! And the product info .. can’t wait to try it myself .. I would love videos !

  8. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Okay, yay! Appreciate you taking a sec to leave feedback, Julie!

  9. Kara Burleson

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:01 am

    I tried the butter gloss after you talked about it previously. I’m obsessed!

  10. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Right?! Isn’t it so yum?!

  11. Holly

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Your lips are my fave of allll time!

  12. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Awwwwww, you’ve brought me out of my lippy shell, I’ll tell you that much!!

  13. Kimberly

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I would love videos of your makeup routine! Thank you for taking the time to share.

  14. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Thank you for the feedback, Kimberly!

  15. Erica

    July 27th, 2017 at 2:10 am

    I love the tip for making the lips appear fuller. I will definitely be trying that. I think how to videos would be a big help. Love watching your stories. 😘

  16. Lindsey

    July 27th, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Your lips are so pretty Erin!! Because of you I tried the butter gloss & now it’s my favorite beauty product, I wear it all day, everyday! Love your affordable beauty tips👄

  17. Tammy

    July 27th, 2017 at 2:24 am

    I have the always had “big” lips and have felt self conscious about them as well! I have used the same liner as well .. learned that trick from she’s awesome if you haven’t checked her out! Btw.. you have beautiful lips😉

  18. Tammy

    July 27th, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Oops!! I just read where you said the same thing!! Duh!!! 👆👆I’m such a dork. 🙄

  19. Holly Maddox

    July 27th, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Love the NYX lipgloss too!!

  20. Katie

    July 27th, 2017 at 2:41 am

    LOVE this info Erin. I actually asked you about your lip and eye color today so this is awesome. A video would be great. I cant wait to try the NYX gloss. Thanks again!

  21. Kelsie

    July 27th, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Your lips are gorgeous! 💋💋💋 Would love to see a how-to video, PLEASE!! 🙏🏼

  22. Janel

    July 27th, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Thank you for sharing with us!! I’ve already gone out and purchased the NYX butter gloss and LOVE THEM! Perfect colors and so easy!! Thank you thank you thank you!! You are awesome in all that you do!! You’re my favorite follow on Instagram!! Sending lots of love from Northern California!!

  23. Jessica

    July 27th, 2017 at 3:17 am

    I love the butter glosses from NYX, thanks to you!!! So amazing, soft, and easy gloss over any base color or bare lips. I was made fun of in school for having a small upper lip, so I know the feeling of being the other end of the lip jokes! 😜 Absolutely love your authenticity, blog, and IG feeds/videos! Lots of hugs and love from Nashville, TN!

  24. Chanda

    July 27th, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Yes agree videos would be awesome for these makeup tips and tricks! 👍🏻 And I’ve gotsta get me some of that buttery lip gloss! Are you wearing it in your story that you show your new tees (love the Shed tee btw 😂). So would love to know what color you had on in your my story. Thanks for sharing everything so candidly and honestly. You inspire me and make me feel shameful 🤦🏼‍♀️ At the same time! You seem to have it so together and I feel like I’m always trying to catch up! Love following you though!!😘

  25. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 28th, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Yes girl! Creme Brulee! And oh my goodness, never every feel shameful–you do you, man. And you are awesome. We all have our off days/seasons, for sure. Hugs, friend! ❤️

  26. Sarah ott Deyton

    July 27th, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Love it! Similar routine though it has slacked with having my newborn … thanks for reminding me to put on face! Lol 😝

  27. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 28th, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Ha ha, girl I feel you. 😳 Those newborn days, you’re winning if you remember to change out yesterday’s underwear. 😂

  28. Amanda

    July 27th, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I’m obsessed with the NYX butter gloss now thanks to you!! 💜 Thanks for the tips, I’m going to try them out!

  29. Amy

    July 27th, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Love the gloss! Thanks for that … now I just have to try the eye liner!!

  30. Tina

    July 27th, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Yes!! Video!! Puleeeeez!! Xoxo

  31. Jennifer

    July 27th, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Looove me some butter gloss, but my Target needs to desperately restock colors so I can try more. Thanks for your beautiful and helpful tutorials. I would love to see a video on how you apply. 🙌🏼

  32. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 28th, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I know, ours is always out, too! Must have lots of Butter lovers! 😉

  33. Suzanne

    July 27th, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Erin, love your tips on the lip liner! Thanks for being so “real”!

  34. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 28th, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Thank you, Suzanne!!

  35. Lisa Conley

    July 27th, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    * Totally into everything you do, your style at home and on your bod girl.

    * Loved how you caught your husband listening to Pride or Prejudice, please share more about this story, I’m sure it’s funny. (only if your husband agrees), he seems like such a good sport.

    * Don’t think I’m a dork or weirdo but I’m constantly looking for one of your stories throughout the day. I so have a girl crush. ♥♥ Then, I’m realizing, you have your sweet family to tend to and I’m like… just wait, she’ll be back.

    * Love the new blog and the “SEARCH” feature.

    * Thank you for being so open and sharing so much with your followers. We ♥♥♥♥♥YOU…

    Lisa from Indiana ~

  36. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 28th, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Lisa, this list made me SMILE!! How nice of you to take a sec and write this out–made my night to read. Truly. 💗

  37. Steffani

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Creme Brûlée is my favorite butter gloss, too!! 💕💕💕💋

  38. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 28th, 2017 at 1:59 am


  39. Lisa LaRaia

    July 27th, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Love the butter gloss , have been wearing it since u first recommended it! I think a tutorial on the lip shading/contouring would be really helpful! 🙂

  40. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 28th, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Okay cool! Thank you for the feedback, Lisa!!

  41. Maylynn Young

    July 27th, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    You are too cute, Erin😊 I love your insta. Stories!! Have a fabulous day!!!

  42. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 28th, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Appreciate you taking a sec to leave a kind word, Maylynn!

  43. Kathryn

    July 27th, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I’m so excited to learn which butter gloss color that you use. I couldn’t remember for the life of me which one it was from your stories 😀. Thanks friend 😀

  44. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 28th, 2017 at 1:56 am

    I’m addicted…it’s a real problem. 😉

  45. Michelle C

    July 28th, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Yay!! Finally a beauty blog post that worked (for me!!) I went to the nearest drug store and bought the lipliner and butter gloss…and it actually worked! A nice, natural pretty lip!!! So happy!
    I live on an Island in a small town…so… I have the rest of your beauty list written down and I am heading to the BIG city about 2 hours away. Our little town doesn’t carry any of the other products, but the mall has Sephora, so watch out…I will be beautified by the weekend 🙂 Thank-you!

  46. Erin | Cotton Stem

    July 31st, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Oh I’m so glad it was helpful to you!!!

  47. Jenny Roberts

    July 28th, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Every time I go to Target, they are out of the creme brulee NYX buttergloss until today!!!! I grabbed the last one. I have fortune cookie and eclair already and I love those colors too!
    Thanks for sharing your beauty capsule! I have picked up some great tips and tricks!!

  48. Katrina

    August 27th, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Yes. Would love an Instagram Live on it,then you could Save it and add the recorded Live video to this post after as most content.

  49. Elizabeth

    August 31st, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Could you teach us how you do your eyes? They are so pretty!

  50. Allison Peachey

    October 28th, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I love Nyx! The lip glosses smell so good too!👅

  51. Erin | Cotton Stem

    October 28th, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Yes, another reason to love them with all my heart! 😉

  52. Allison Peachey

    October 28th, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I love Nyx! The lip glosses smell so good too!👅

  53. Lisa Robertson

    October 28th, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for keeping me entertained and giving me new makeup tips while I’m stuck at home with a terrible cold. 🤧 Also, I found out about Antique Candles from you! Right now they have 4 piece sample packs of candles for $18!!! Can’t wait to try all your favorites!!


  54. Erin | Cotton Stem

    October 28th, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Ahh feel better, Lisa!!!

  55. Charra

    October 28th, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I just NEED to say that you are the cutest start to my day and this lip tutorial is no different! I will definitely be using this in my daily makeup routine! Thanks some bunches!

  56. Erin | Cotton Stem

    October 28th, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Well thank you, Charra! How sweet are you?!

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