We love hearing from our panel of beauty pros about the latest and greatest beauty tricks. Today, we're lucky enough to hear from New York-based makeup artist Ashley Rebecca, who fills us in on how to apply lip liner the right way. Take it away Ashley!
When using lip liner, keep in mind that its essential purpose is to enhance the shape of your lips and keep your lipstick lines clean. That being said, here are some quick tips to ensure you’re using your lip liner as the makeup gods intended.
Keep It Light
One of the most common mistakes I see with lip liner is being heavy handed with your application. When you go overboard on the color, it makes your lips look too drastic and unnatural. Your liner should never be darker than your lipstick!
Blend It Out
Best practices for applying lip liner include applying it before lipstick (duh), tracing the lip area and then diffusing the lines softly with your finger so that no harsh lines are noticeable. Think of it as a light base coat to prep your lips for the main event: your fave lippie. After applying lipstick, you can go back in and soften the edges with the pencil to make sure everything is blended properly and your lipstick isn't running.
When it comes to defining the shape of your lips with liner, make sure you trace the natural curves of your mouth. Avoid venturing outside your lip's shape. Overly drawn lips tend to look unnatural and you always want your true features to shine through.
When In Doubt, Go Nude
Nude lip liner basically works with any lipstick color, making it a great staple for your makeup bag. You can also apply it all over the lips as a base color and swipe a little lip balm on top for a quick and easy nude-lip look.