I used to think that lip liners were only for older women who worried about their lipstick bleeding into the lines their lips but, if it's one thing that blogging and watching YouTube videos has taught me is that lip liner can really change a look. It can subtly alter the lines of your lip, create sharp edges and a neat finish that really can't be achieved with lipstick alone.
One of my favourite lip liner techniques is one I picked up from a MAC make-up artist and have since seen Pixiwoo using regularly in their videos and that is to use a darker liner than the lipstick calls for. Now, don't get me wrong, I initially thought I would look like I was channeling Lil' Kim but, have since learned that, so long as the liner is in the same shade family as the lipstick, it gives amazing dimension to the overall look.
For instance, MAC Chicory liner, a browned orange, looks gorgeous with coral and peach lippies like Shy Girl and Ravishing while MAC Brick, a browned red, is the perfect accompaniment to Russian Red. Pixiwoo also use MAC Nightmoth liner, almost black, to compliment Rebel lipstick so, I think that one will be next on the list as Rebel is one of my favourite lipsticks at the moment!
A few lip liner tips...
- Don't go too far outside the natural line of your lips. By all means even out the edges but, too much will leave you looking like Coco the Clown!
- Make sure to line right into the corners of the mouth for a crisp finish.
- Once you like your line, colour in the lips with the liner. Not only will this keep your lipstick on longer but, by having the same shade underneath, it will also give you a bit of leeway time before having to touch-up when the lipstick wears off.
- For a super sharp look, tidy up the edges with concealer/foundation and a small brush.