The first step of learning how to draw a human’s face is to learn how to draw each of the facial features first.
In this tutorial, you will be learning how to draw lips, an essential part of a human’s face. You can apply these steps whether you’re aiming to draw a realistic, animated, cartoon, or caricature human face.
We curated a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw lips, summed up in 9 easy to follow steps. To make the process a lot easier for you, every instruction comes with illustrations.
You might be surprised to realize that drawing lips is actually not as difficult as you think! What’s more, all you need is a piece of paper and a pencil and you’re all set to start drawing!
Have fun and use your imagination and creativity!
What's in this Blog Post
- How to Draw Lips — Let’s get started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 — Draw a Line Forming the Upper Lip
- Step 3 — Draw the Left Side of the Bottom Lip
- Step 4 — Complete the Outline of the Lips
- Step 5 — Finalize the Form of the Upper Lip
- Step 6 — Wrap Up the Form of the Bottom Lip
- Step 7 — Separate the Upper and the Bottom Lip
- Step 8 — Next, Draw the Teeth Inside the Mouth
- Step 9 — Add Texture on the Surface of the Lips
- Your Lips Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw Lips — Let’s get started!
Starting from the left side of the middle of your paper, draw a line going upwards. Once the line is about an inch long, gradually extend a short line downwards.
This creates the left side of the upper lip. When drawn correctly, the form of the line should look like a slope.
Keep in mind that the line should be drawn with a light stroke to avoid creating a harsh or thick line. This helps make the lips appear more natural.
Step 2 — Draw a Line Forming the Upper Lip
Repeat the previous step on the opposite side to create the right side of the upper lip. At this point, the outline of the upper lip should now be complete.
Bear in mind that the two lines we drew previously and the one we drew in this step should be connected, forming the upper lip.
In scientific terms, we’re drawing the vermillion border of the upper lips on each side of the cupid’s bow.
Step 3 — Draw the Left Side of the Bottom Lip
After completing the outline of the upper lip, we will now be moving on to the bottom lip.
Beginning from the left endpoint of the upper lip, draw a downward curved line until you’re aligned with the cupid’s bow on the upper lip.
Remember, the further you go down when drawing the bottom lip, the more plump your lips will look. If you want to draw thin lips, the line should only be slightly curved.
But if you want a fuller lips like the one shown in the illustration, draw a downward sloping curved line.
Step 4 — Complete the Outline of the Lips
Once you’re satisfied with the shape of the lips, extend the line we drew previously until you reach the right endpoint of the upper lip.
After finishing this step, the outline of the entire lips should now be complete.
Step 5 — Finalize the Form of the Upper Lip
Draw a line inside the lips following the outline of the upper lip. This forms the tubercles of the upper lip.
Step 6 — Wrap Up the Form of the Bottom Lip
Draw a curved line emerging from the bottom left side of the upper lip.
Extend the line until you’re halfway through the lips.
Step 7 — Separate the Upper and the Bottom Lip
Increase the length of the line we drew in the previous step until you reach the opposite end of the upper lip, forming the tubercles on the bottom lip.
This also creates a division between the upper lip and the bottom lip.
Step 8 — Next, Draw the Teeth Inside the Mouth
Draw a slightly curved horizontal line within the outline we drew in the previous step.
This creates the teeth inside the mouth.
Step 9 — Add Texture on the Surface of the Lips
A human’s lips have a distinct texture to its surface, so make sure to add lines on it. These lines are essential especially if you’re aiming to draw a realistic looking human face.
Proceed by drawing multiple curved lines on some parts of the edge of the lips. Typically, these lines exist on the edge of the lateral tubercles of both the upper and bottom lip.
Avoid pressing down too hard with your pencil when drawing these lines. It’s important to draw light strokes to make the lines look more natural and realistic.
Now that we have successfully drawn the lips, it’s finally time for the most enjoyable part, which is picking the colors and coloring the lips.
Without lipstick, the color of the lips varies greatly depending on one’s complexion. That means, you can color the lips using any colors you like!
You can even apply a vibrant lipstick on it to make it look even more colorful!
Your Lips Drawing is Complete!
We hope you enjoy this step-by-step lips drawing tutorial. Whether you’re a beginner or expert in drawing, we’re sure you were able to follow the steps quickly and easily.
Now that you are capable of drawing lips, you’re one step closer towards drawing a realistic portrait of a human face.
We are uploading brand-new drawing tutorials on a regular basis, so make sure you keep re-visiting our website for your drawing activity resources and learning materials.
Which part of the human’s face would you like to learn how to draw next? Let us know and we’ll do our best to curate a tutorial for it. We always aim to deliver our beloved reader’s requests.
As soon as you finish drawing and coloring the lips, take a photo of your masterpiece and share it on our Facebook page and on Pinterest.
Don’t be shy! You’ve worked hard to create a work of art, so we can already tell for sure that it looks incredible!
We can’t wait to see your awesome lips drawing!