If you had asked me five years ago about lip liners, I probably would have stared at you and levelly said that's only something my mother uses. Fast forward those five years and I have an extensive collection of lip liners and would never ever in a million years contemplate wearing lipstick without them. My favourite liners are from MAC so, I wanted to take you through my Top 5 picks and explain why lip liner is so important to me and why these particular five make the cut.
The main reason that I love lip liner is because my lips are uneven and lip liner enables to totally change and improve upon their shape. Basically, I have a smaller upper lip which, generally, I could deal with. However, After getting my tonsils out around 8 years ago, I had problems with my jaw and ever since my smile has been crooked so, lip liner lets me correct the shape of my lips and, thus, my smile. I also love liner because it makes lipstick look really sharp and polished and, if you're clever with it, you can use it to alter the colour of lipstick depending on how you pair it. Now, onto my Top 5...
Chicory is about as nude a liner as I get. It is a warm, neutral shade that pulls peach, brown or nude depending on what lipstick you pair it with. I always wear this with MAC Shy Girl lipstick and also really like it with L'Oreal Collection Privée in Julianne.
What A Blast! is a vibrant orange ProLongwear lip pencil. This formula is super creamy and longwearing and is my all-time favourite lip liner formula. I lost my first What A Blast! and repurchases it straight away as I always pair it with MAC Morange and MAC Neon Orange.
Process Magenta is actually a Chromagraphic Pencil which, if I'm not mistaken, is a multi-use formula. This is a blue-toned neon pink and the formula is creamy but, less longwearing than the ProLongwear. I wear this pencil both alone and also paired with MAC Silly, MAC Candy Yum Yum and NARS Yu.
Magenta is a purple-toned magenta and, given that I have an obsession with purple lipsticks, I get a lot of use out of this. It's quite a hard pencil, even in comparison to the standard MAC Lip Pencil formulas but, the colour is just so perfect for use with both pinks and purple and is really transformative. MAC Violetta, MAC Up the Amp and NARS Never Say Never work really well with this.
Redd is one of the more versatile red lip liners MAC do. It is a blue-toned orange-red that adapts well to whatever colour you layer on top of it. It really complements MAC Russian Red, MAC Ruby Woo, Estée Lauder Red Ego and NARS Cruella.