Every time I feature lip liner in a tutorial, I get asked so many questions about it. It seems intimidating, but it's not. Listen up: it's time for lip liner 101:
Why Do I Need Lip Liner?
- it defines lips
- it changes/corrects the appearance of lip shapes, such as:
- it provides an outline for lipstick application, like with red lipstick
- prevents color from "bleeding" or "feathering" into fine line
- it allows lipstick to stay on longer
Types: Lip liner generally comes in two forms:
- pencil needs to be sharpened (some come with a sharpener in the cap or you can purchase a sharpener separately)
- twist up (retractable)
- It comes in a variety of shades, from clear (I suggest this for everyone) to various colors.
- Lip liners can be found at the drugstore as well as high end.
4 Easy Ways to Wear Lip Liner:
Option 1: Take clear (also called invisible) liner and outline lips--if I am doing someone's lipstick who has fine wrinkles around the mouth, I'll outline slightly outside of the lip line too. Apply lipstick.
Option 2: Pick a shade of liner you'd like to wear. Outline and fill in lips. Leave as is for a very matte lip (most liners will be matte) or add a lip balm or clear gloss for a natural, stained lip look.
Option 3: Pick a shade that matches your lipstick. I suggest outlining your lips and filling them in. Sometimes beginners feel they look silly with outlined lips, so I suggest filling them in. It will make your lipstick last longer! Add lipstick or lip gloss that matches the liner.
Option 4: (bigger lips). Use a lip liner close to your lip color (a nude shade). Outline slightly above your natural lip line. Fill in and add a matching lip liner. I did my upper lip in this example.
These are just a few of the ways to use lip liner. I hope you try them out!
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