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Tips on Using a Lip Liner

Line Up: Make a Lip Liner Work For You

Here's an excerpt from OnSugar blog Beauty & The Blog:

Lip liners: love 'em or hate 'em? I've never been a huge fan, as alongside eyebrows (help is here), lip liner can be another grand faux pas. But sometimes, a little liner is necessary. The important thing to remember with liner is to be aware of the need to touch up. A ring around your mouth looking like you just ate a fudgesicle is never a pretty sight.

  • When applying your liner, anchor your pinkie to your chin and work the liner upwards as if tracing a slight smile.
  • If you find the liner looks too harsh, soften edges with a Q-tip or apply liner after your lipstick.
  • Applying liner after your lipstick will have your liner fade off with your lipstick.
  • If you're not a fan, then why use lip liner? Liner defines a fading lip, adds drama to a femme fatale color, and can prevent lipstick from bleeding. Not convinced? You can never go wrong au naturel and a smoky eye.

Want to see more of this post? Discover which lip liners were used in the picture above, and while you're at it, why not start a blog of your own?

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summer210 summer210 5 years
I wear lipliner daily and one big tip is to draw it on in short connecting strokes, rather than one long line. It looks more natural and doesn't tug at the skin as much.
Andrea-Claire Andrea-Claire 5 years
KeLynns - Good tip! And clear lip liner is also great for sealing eye make up under your eyes; prevents bleeding even with eye make up! Anon - Another great tip: filling in the lip liner all over the lip - you're right! The only thing to consider when basing your entire lip with lip liner is that it may intensify your lipstick (which can be a desired effect) or change the lipstick colour if the lip liner is only 'close' in colour. Thanks for your comments and sharing your tips!
KeLynns KeLynns 5 years
I like liner just because it helps lipstick stick, so I just got a clear liner that I use with everything.
Andrea-Claire Andrea-Claire 5 years
Thanks for your comments! Marian55 - you look fantastic! I hope I do when I'm a 'mature' woman too! And you're right about that disappearing lip line - these are my lips in the post... *sigh*
Marian55 Marian55 5 years
I love it. As a "mature" woman, I find it a necessity. As we age, the outline of our lips becomes lighter and our lips aren't very defined. Liners really help.
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