Makeup Must-Haves: Why and How You Should Use a Lip Liner

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Who does not want to flaunt luscious lips? But even if you haven’t been blessed with full lips like Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox, a lip liner and few simple tricks is all you need to get the perfect pout.

In this post, you will learn:

  • 4 reasons why you should always apply a lip liner
  • How to apply a lip liner correctly in 7 easy steps
  • 5 tips to apply a lip liner perfectly

4 reasons why you should apply a lip liner

4 Reasons Why You Should Always Apply a Lip Liner

When applied properly, liners make your lipstick last longer and prevent smudging. Here is why you should add them to your basic makeup kit:

1. Lip liners make lipsticks stick to your lips
To make lipstick last long, outline your lips with a liner and then fill it in. Apply the lipstick on top of this. Make this a ritual, especially if you wear bold colours. Besides making the colour stick, a good liner also enhances the true colour of your lipstick by acting as a base that the lipstick grabs on to.

2. Lip liners prevent smudging
Bleeding lips are a big fashion no-no! Once again, a good lip liner is all you need to ensure that the lipstick doesn’t bleed or smudge.

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3. Lip liners can be used for a matte look
A lip liner can alone give you a simple yet elegant matte look with a perfect finish. All you have to do is outline and fill your lips with the lip liner to get a matte finish.

4. Lip liners give fuller lips
Lip liners can make your lips look bigger, fuller. When using a lip liner to create luscious lips, make sure you use it matches the shade of your lipstick. You can either outline with liner and fill in with a lipstick, or use a liner to fill in the lips too. For a bolder look, hide your lip lines using a concealer after application. If you have thin and uneven lips, a lip liner can help you create puckered-up look.

how to apply lip liner correctly 7 steps

How to Apply a Lip Liner Correctly in 7 Easy Steps

Lining your lips with lip liner is quite simple, yet needs some skills and tips to arrive at the perfect finish. Here is a step-by-step guide to put on lip liner:

Step 1: Hydrate and exfoliate
It is important to keep the lips hydrated and get rid of any dead skin before you apply lipstick. Else, you won’t get a smooth finish. Apply some lip balm all over your lips to moisturize. Use a soft toothbrush to gently brush away dead skin. Next, blot your lips with a tissue paper to wipe debris and remove any excess balm.

Step 2: Lay the base
Now it’s time to add the base. Choose a lip liner that is of a color close to your lipstick to make it look natural. For day wear, you could go with natural tones like rose pinks or light mocha. For the evening, try something edgy like a siren red or hot pink.

Step 3: Outline the lines
There are many ways to shape your lips, but for beginners, it’s best to keep things simple. Start at your cupid bows in the middle of your upper lip. Draw an ‘M’ shape slightly above your natural lip line, slowly and precisely. Be careful not to overdraw!

Step 4: Line the bottom lip
Now move on to the bottom lip and start outlining from the center, carefully moving to the sides. Keep your mouth wide open and tighten your lips while drawing to get the perfect finish.

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Step 5: Stroke to fill in
Once you are done with the outline, start filling in the upper and lower lip lines with a short strokes. Then, fill in the lips with the same lip liner. Do it smoothly.

Step 6: Blend to even out
If you’d like a matte look, simply apply some lip gloss and you’re done. If you want a stronger color, use a lipstick in the same shade all over your lips! Blend the color properly using a lip brush for an even finish.

Step 7: Clean the edges
To finish the application, use cotton buds or the edge of a tissue to neaten the edges. You can also apply foundation around the edges for a defined look.

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3 Easy Tips to Apply a Lip Liner

1. Use a highlighter
After applying your lipstick, dab a bit of highlighter over your cupid bows for a fuller pout.

2. Use a concealer
If you use glossy or creamy lipsticks, apply a little concealer all around your lips to prevent the colour from bleeding. Do this after you have applied the lip liner.

3. Use a brush
When using a lip liner to fill in your lips, use a lip brush to blend the color. This will even out the color and make your lips look more natural.

Final Words of Advice

Now that you are aware of lip liner wonders, wear a glossy pout that’s sure to make people notice. In case you have a big event on your social calendar and you would like to look extra special, don’t hesitate to book a party makeup artist on Urban Company.

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