Try This Lip Liner Hack for a Perfect Cupid’s Bow Every Time

August 11, 2021
Deven Hopp
By: Deven Hopp | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Try This Hack for a Perfect Cupid’s Bow Every Time

Achieving the perfect Cupid’s bow starts with a solid lip liner. From nude pigments to bright pink shades, lip liner lays the groundwork for whatever lip look you’re trying to achieve. You may think that applying lip liner is a no-brainer, but if you haven’t tried our foolproof method, keep reading. With this beauty hack, you’ll achieve an even application and a perfect cupid’s bow every time.

Cupid’s Bow Lip Liner Hack

For this quick tutorial, you only need two items: lip liner and your lipstick of choice. We like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Anti-Feathering Lip Liner and the Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Innovator.
  • STEP 1:

    Make an "X"

    Once you locate your Cupid’s bow, start at the highest point of your natural lip and draw a straight line extending down from that point. Repeat on the other side of your top lip to make an X shape.

  • STEP 2:

    Define the Bottom Lip

    You’ll find the exact center of your bottom lip directly below the X you just created. Make the next line across that point to define your bottom lip. Starting here will ensure evenness across your lip.

  • STEP 3:

    Make Two V's

    Part your lips slightly and draw a sideways V shape connecting your top and bottom lip at both corners of your mouth. This will keep your lipstick in place and prevent bleeding.

  • STEP 4:

    Connect the Lines

    Use short strokes of the pencil to connect the lines you’ve made in steps one through three. For the cleanest application, angle the pencil by holding it vertically, flat against the lip, with the tip of the liner pointing upward.

  • STEP 5:

    Finish It Off and Apply Your Lipstick

    Top off your perfect cupid’s bow with a swipe of lipstick or a dab of lip gloss.

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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