TikTok has become a go-to platform for discovering beauty trends. It’s a great way to explore different options to express individuality. Among its most popular trends is the double lip line. The trend has been viewed on the platform over 6 million times.

This double lip line trend is especially relevant for people with fuller lips, thicker lip lines, and darker skin tones—such as Black women. BeautyByŚola, a British content creator and fashion journalist, is one of the leading figures in the double lip line trend. She shares tutorials on her TikTok channel. Other celebrities, like Rihanna, FKA Twigs, and Gigi Hadid, are also known to have a prominent double lip line that has become celebrated. It is important to note, though, that for decades, Black women have been on top of this beauty trend.

I know other cultures do this too, but remember when our aunties and moms used to do the lip line and the gloss back in the nineties? They had the blueprint all along,” Sola told Refinery29, in an interview.

Despite the popularity of the trend, some have expressed criticism over the pressure to achieve a perfect double lip line, arguing that it makes people hyper-aware of something they may not have noticed before. But what does a double lip line actually look like, and why should we care about it?

What is TikTok’s Double Lip Line?

A double lip line happens when you can visibly see the natural line of your lips and a noticeable border on the outside of your lip’s natural lining. Śola created the term “double lip line” after discovering she had a noticeable vermilion border. That’s the line between the lip tissue and the face. For some people, this line is more defined, which can be challenging when trying to apply lip liner or lipstick.

Why is This Trend Gaining Popularity?

The double lip line beauty trend on TikTok is becoming an increasingly popular look among beauty influencers and makeup lovers. This lip aesthetic is most effective because of its contour shade just below the natural lip line and the added, slightly lighter shade above the contour. The goal is to create a fuller, more defined lip line that looks like you have two separate lips instead of one.

The trend has also become well known over the past year because it is an easy and effortless way to create a natural look without using much makeup. It makes lips look fuller and more defined without introducing a long list of lip-plumping products to your routine.

What is the Best Way to Achieve This Look?

To achieve the double lip line look, start by outlining your lips with a contour shade that is slightly darker than your natural lip color. Next, apply a slightly lighter shade just above the contour line. This will create a two-toned effect that will give the illusion of two separate lips. Finish off the look by applying a lip gloss or lip balm for extra shine.

If you’re looking for an easy and natural way to give your lips an extra boost, then the trend is worth a try.

The lip trend opens up an avenue for Black women’s features to be celebrated in popular culture. In the past, this was not a reality for Black women because their features were not seen as a preference in Eurocentric culture. Trends like TikTok’s double lip line are reintroducing the world to the beauty and intricacy of Black features.