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Everything You Need To Know About Lip Liners

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Everything You Need To Know About Lip Liners

Lip liners outline the lips, making the lipstick application much easier and more precise. They can increase or decrease the shape of your lips, ensure that your lipstick stays on longer and prevent it from ‘bleeding’. Therefore, lip liners are an ideal tool to use if you are looking for a polished look that is long-wearing.

Nude or Soft Pink
Great colors for mostly light skin tones. They look amazing when enhanced by natural shades of blush, for a fresh look.

Soft Brown
Ideal for medium skin tones; they can also be used for shading and contouring with lighter lipstick colors.

Chestnut Brown
Perfect when creating a natural lip line for darker skin tones.

Blue-Based Red
When used with matching lipstick (such as berry shades) blue-based red lip liners will make your teeth seem whiter and brighter, thanks to the blue hues they contain.

Orange Red
Is ideal for adding warmth and color to lips that are discolored or look dull. It also helps warm up cooler-toned lipsticks.

A classic color for autumn as well as for achieving dramatic looks for special occasions. Matched with cool shades of lipstick, it provides a rich and sensual touch to the overall look.

Lip liner tips & tricks:
  1. Match your lip color or go lighter.
    Always choose lip liners that are the same shade as your lipstick or lighter – never darker. Darker colors will look harsh and create a ‘hard line’ effect once your lipstick wears off.
  2. Do not over draw your lip lines.
    Outline your pucker and fill in your lips. The goal is to outline your lips or slightly trace over your natural contour, for a fuller look, but be careful not to exaggerate. It is best to follow your natural lip line – this will also make touch-ups easier to do.
  3. Lip lines should be defined by soft –tipped pencils.
    The best definition and precision are achieved by soft, rounded tips (moist, ideally, so that they glide), rather than sharp tips. Keep your lip liners sharpened but blunt or dull the point a little before application (use a clean tissue for this).
  4. Use lip liner as a lip stock.
    Thanks to their long wear and easy to apply texture, lip liners can be used both to contour and fill in the lips. Matte texture is the current trend for liners – do give it a try!
  5. Soften the edges and finish up the corners of your lips.
    Once you have outlined the lips, use a Q-tip to soften the contour you have traced. This way the contour will look more subtle and natural. Also, don’t forget to cover every part of your lips, including the corners, for an even and polished look.

How to apply lip liner

Step 1: Exfoliate and moisturize your lips. Before applying anything else to your lips, remove any flakes from your lips and apply a light moisturizing balm. Allow it to absorb.

Step 2: Apply foundation or concealer to help set the lip liner and lipstick layers you will applying next.

Step 3: Match your lip liner color to the lipstick color you are planning to apply.

Step 4: Trace your lips, following your natural lip line. Start from the center top and center bottom of your lips and then work outward. Use light, short strokes for a more precise line, unless you have the precise hand needed for long, continuous strokes. Fill in the lips with lip liner to create a base for your lip color; this will provide longer wear and prevent color from ‘bleeding’.

Step 5: Using a lip brush, lightly blend the outside edge of the mouth. This will help you blend the lipstick and liner, once you have applied both.

Step 6: Apply lipstick (and gloss, if desired), for a complete look.

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  • Ellie Sheely

    I do use lip liner when I want to go the extra mile. The most important thing, like article says, is to not exaggerate the line much outside your own lips. Doing that creates a caricature effect.

  • Calvin F.

    Very detailed post, thanks

  • Tanya

    Maybe after reading this I’ll finally get my lips to look good. Very good and helpful info Thanks!

  • 1alwaysnyc1

    I’m not a big fan of over-lined and exaggerated lips. I love your general tone of highlighting the natural line of your lips.

  • Susan West

    I have not as of yet used a lip liner. I use lip gloss but I might just try to do the lip liner. Thankyou for the article and instructions on how to apply the lip liner and what shade to use.

  • tpoage

    Thanks for these tips. I always felt funny wearing lipstick.

  • chava zewicky

    I learned some great tips for applying lip liner, thank you!

  • Viviana P

    Thanks for the tips! My favorite lip liners are usually soft pink / mauve pink ones (NYX & NARS are my favorites brands to buy them)

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