Lip Liner

Everything You Need to Know About Lip Liners

Contributing Writer: Alayne Curtiss


Earlier today we took you through the differences in lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, glosses, and more. But one product deserves so much attention we’re doing a deep dive for you — yes, you know what we’re talking about: lip liners. With so much to know about lining those lips of yours, we’re going to take you through everything you need to know. So get ready to pucker up! 💋

When to Use Lip Liner

Scenario 1: Defining the Lip Shape

Lip liner is your BFF when it comes to outlining and defining your lip shape. It gives you clean, precise edges, enhances your lip contour, and stops your lip color from misbehaving and going outside the lines. You can use lip liner before or after applying lipstick, totally up to you!

Scenario 2: Creating a Base

Want your lip color to last all day? Use lip liner as a base by filling in your entire lip. This magical trick helps your lip color stick around longer and gives you a more even application. Plus, it amps up the color intensity. Hello, luscious lips!

Scenario 3: Customizing Lip Color

Get ready to play mixologist! Lip liner can be used to tweak and customize your lip color. Grab a liner in a slightly different shade than your lipstick or gloss and create an ombré effect, add dimension, or adjust the undertones. You're the artist, lovey!

Scenario 4: Correcting Lip Shape

No one's perfect, right? Lip liner to the rescue! If you want to fix minor asymmetries or reshape your lips, lip liner can work wonders. A little overlining or underlining in strategic spots can create the illusion of a more balanced shape. But remember, subtlety is key, we don’t want to go overboard!

Now, here's the scoop: lip liner isn't always a must. If you're going for a casual, au naturale lip look, feel free to skip it. But for special occasions like weddings where you want your lip color to shine and last, lip liner is your secret weapon for a polished and long-lasting pout.

Get your lip liner game on point by experimenting with different techniques. Practice makes perfect, so play around with it beforehand to master the art of achieving your desired lip shape and effect on your wedding day.

No need to pout, lovies — you’ve got this!

Picking Your Lip Liner Shade

So, you're on the hunt for the perfect lip liner shade? Well, fret not! I've got some fabulous recommendations to help you select the shade that'll make your lips pop and your heart skip a beat.

First things first, let's talk about matching your lip liner to your natural lip color. If you're all about that au naturale look, go for a lip liner that closely matches your lips. This way, you'll define your lip shape without overpowering those gorgeous natural tones.

Lip Liner

Slim Line Lip Definer

Now, if you've got a specific lipstick or lip gloss shade in mind, it's all about coordination, baby! Pick a lip liner that either matches or complements your chosen lip color. By doing this, you'll define those luscious lips, prevent any feathering mishaps, and achieve a polished and put-together look, trust me!

If you're looking for some versatility, you need a neutral or universal lip liner. These magical shades work with multiple lip colors, thanks to their warm and cool undertones. They're like chameleons for your lips, effortlessly adapting to any lipstick or lip gloss you desire. Talk about a lip liner that can do it all!

Now, let's talk about nude lip liners. These little wonders are perfect for creating a natural lip look or subtly altering your lip shape. When choosing a nude lip liner, go for a shade that closely matches your natural lip color or your preferred nude lipstick. Embrace that natural beauty, and let your lips do the talking!

But wait, there's more! When you're feeling bold and daring with your lip color choices, it's time to bring in the contrast game. Pick a lip liner that's slightly deeper or brighter than your lipstick shade. This contrast will create definition and prevent smudging, so you can rock those bold lips with confidence.

Remember, your skin tone and undertones play a crucial role in finding the perfect lip liner shade. What works for one gal might not work for another, so it's essential to consider your unique features. Don't be shy—swatch those lip liner shades on your lips to see how they interact with your natural lip color and desired lip products.

And here's a little secret for you: lip liner shades can be mixed and layered to create custom shades or subtle variations. So, let your creative side shine! Play around, experiment, and blend those lip liner shades until you achieve the desired effect. It's all about finding what works best for you, gorgeous!

If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the options, don't hesitate to seek guidance from a makeup artist or try out some samples at a beauty counter. These experts are there to help you find the absolute best lip liner shade. They've got your back, and they'll make sure your lips are ready to steal the show on your big day!

Waterproof Lip Liners

First things first, waterproof lip liners are like superheroes for your lips. They can handle all kinds of challenges that regular lip liners can't. We're talking water, humidity, and anything else that could make your lip color fade or smudge. And let's be real, who wants their beautiful lip color to disappear halfway through the day? Not you!

Another awesome thing about waterproof lip liners is that they create a magical barrier. This barrier keeps your lip color exactly where it's supposed to be—on your lips! No smudging or feathering outside the lines, especially if you're rocking a bold or dark lip color. Ain't nobody got time for that!

Now, let's consider the weather conditions on your special day. If you're tying the knot in a place where humidity and heat are best friends, or if there's a chance of rain, waterproof lip liner is your best friend, too. It'll help your lip color stay put, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Talk about a lifesaver!

But here's a little head’s up: waterproof lip liners can be a bit drier or firmer in texture compared to regular ones. So, they might require a little more pressure when applying. To combat any potential dryness, make sure to moisturize your lips with a lip balm or primer before using the waterproof liner. And hey, it's always a good idea to do a trial-run beforehand, just to get comfortable with the application and make sure you've found your perfect match.

So, should you consider using a waterproof lip liner for your wedding day? Absolutely! If you want your lip color to last longer, avoid smudging, and survive any weather conditions, it's definitely worth a try. Get ready to pucker up and say "I do" with confidence, knowing your lip color will be picture-perfect all day long!

Urban Decay Lip Liner

Urban Decay Waterproof Lip Liner





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Alayne Curtiss is the Owner of Make Me Fab Salon & Spa in New York. She also created Alayne Curtiss Bridal Beauty Kits, the ultimate for the DIY soon-to-be-wed.


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