Must-Try Tips for a Flawless Lip Liner Application

June 15, 2022
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Close-up of person applying orange lip liner
In the past few years, lip liner has made a huge resurgence. Whether you use lip liner to overline and create a fuller, poutier look or prefer to contrast your nude lipstick with a rich brown shade, there’s no shortage of ways to enhance your lips with a liner. Below, we asked beauty influencer Aniyah Smith her tricks for applying lip liner and rounded up some of our favorite products.

STEP 1: Line the Top Lip


When lining the top lip, Smith likes to create a V shape at her Cupid’s bow, then cross those lines into an X on her actual lip. This will make your Cupid’s bow appear more defined and also makes it easier to blend your lip liner into the gloss or lipstick you apply on top, she says.


For a poutier look, you can draw just outside of the Cupid’s bow, rather than directly on top.

STEP 2: Line the Bottom Lip


Smith likes to add extra lip liner on the corners of her bottom lip — think of making a triangle shape. This trick adds extra dimension to the lip. Since the center will be a lighter color, it also makes your lips look fuller. 

 

Our Favorite Lip Liners

NYX Professional Makeup Line Loud Vegan Longwear Lip Liner

These soft, creamy lip pencils glide right on, thanks to their vitamin E- and jojoba oil-infused formula. The vegan formula comes in 18 pigmented shades, from a range of universally flattering nudes to bold black and berry colors. Bonus: They’re all under $10.

NYX Professional Makeup Line Loud Vegan Longwear Lip Liner

Lancôme Le Lip Liner

This smooth, smudge-resistant lip liner keeps the products you layer on top from feathering or bleeding into lip lines. The tiny lip brush on the end makes it easy to blend out for a soft ombré effect.

Lancôme Le Lip Liner

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil

This lip pencil lives up to its 24-hour-wear claims with a completely budge-proof, waterproof formula. But somehow, it’s never drying — you can thank vitamin E, jojoba oil and cottonseed oil for that.


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil

Refy Lip Sculpt

This long-lasting lip liner has been all over TikTok, and for good reason. It comes in a range of flattering neutrals and stays put all day, thanks to the smooth, matte setting polish on the other end of the product. Simply line your lips as usual, then top it with the setter to prevent smudges.


Refy Lip Sculpt

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner

Another TikTok beauty favorite, this creamy, waterproof formula layers beautifully underneath any lip product you apply over it. It comes in 15 shades, including Pillow Talk, a cult-favorite pinky nude.


Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner

Photography and Makeup: Aniyah Smith @aniyah.s

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