6 Lip Liners You Need in Your Makeup Stash

February 02, 2021
By: Diana Crisan | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
6 Lip Liners You Need In Your Makeup Stash

In your makeup bag, you’ve probably got tons of lip glosses and lipsticks, but what about lip liner? It’s a product that’s easy to forget, but if you learn how to use it correctly, it will quickly become a staple in your routine — trust.  Lip liner can not only reshape your lips, but it can make your lipstick or gloss last longer, which means a little more time spent in the AM and can result in less time touching up later. 


To unlock the powers of all that lip liner pencil can do, we turned to makeup artist Emily Kate Warren. Read on for a crash course in all things lip liner. 


How to Use Lip Liner to Make Lips Look Fuller 

STEP 1: Outline Your Lips

Hold a lip liner pencil that’s approximately the same shade as your lips upright. “Use the side edge of the pencil tip to rub the line on,” Warren says. “It will pass over the natural roll of your lip edge and make your mouth appear fuller.”

STEP 2: Shade Your Lips

Use the same lip liner pencil to fill in the rest of your mouth with color.

STEP 3: Add Gloss

Top with your favorite lip gloss. Our new go-to is the Maybelline New York Lifter Lip Gloss, which helps plump lips for an even fuller finish. 

How to Use Lip Liner to Reshape Your Lips

STEP 1: Choose Your Shade

Select a lip liner pencil shade that’s as close as possible to your natural lip color. Use it to trace slightly outside the lip line in the areas you want to reshape.

STEP 2: Fill in Your Lips

Color in your entire mouth with the same lip liner pencil.

STEP 3: Check Your Work

“For this, you may want to take a picture in a mirror because you are used to seeing the shape of your face a certain way,” Warren says. “So use your phone to take a selfie, and it will likely flip the image in such a way that you’ll be able to see whether you’ve made your lips even.”

How to Use Lip Liner to Make Lipstick Last Longer

STEP 1: Choose Your Shade

For a dramatic look that emphasizes the color of your lipstick, choose a liner in a similar shade. Otherwise, go for a clear liner. It will create an invisible fence that will keep color from straying

STEP 2: Apply the Liner

To amp up the color of your lipstick or to provide grip for the formula, apply the liner all over the lips, keeping the edges sharp. If you’re just concerned about lipstick bleeding, trace the outline of your mouth with a clear shade. 

STEP 3: Apply Your Lipstick

Apply your lippie as usual and you’re good to go. 

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Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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