6 Lip Liners You Need in Your Makeup StashFebruary 02, 2021
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.
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.
Our Favorite Lip Liners to Use
The 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils come in 25 shades, but our go-to is the clear one. As mentioned above, it can be used to keep lipstick or gloss from smudging or bleeding throughout the day.
A lip liner and lipstick in one, we like to use this product to create a full, vibrant lip look. On the other end of the crayon is a synthetic pro lip brush for a soft, diffused finish.
If you find that your lip products often seep into fine lines around the mouth, prep your lips with this liner. It’s designed to define lips and keep your products in place.
According to Warren, matte lip liners will help whatever you apply on top stick better. With a creamy matte finish, this liner provides grip without drying out your lips.
A cult-favorite, the Smooth Silk Lip Pencil offers a precise application and a satin-y, long-lasting finish.
Whether you’re looking for a nude shade that matches a darker skin tone or want a formula with hydrating ingredients, look no further than The Lip Bar. The jojoba oil-infused liners come in various shades of brown, in addition to red, pink and purple.