How to Find the Best Lip Liner For Any Lipstick

How to Find the Best Lip Liner For Any Lipstick

The right lip liner should boost your natural lip shape and make your lipstick look even more gorgeous. It’s all about wearing the right shade for your skin and lip color. Keep reading to find a lip liner that simplifies your makeup routine! 

Why lip liner is a MUST for every shade of lipstick 

Reds, corals, and other tropical shades might seem intimidating; Gothic purples and vampy shades of brown, even more so. That’s where lip liner comes into play. 

Priming your lips with the right base color makes your lipstick last longer and stay put. Even nude-colored, no-fuss lipsticks similar to your natural lip shade look better with a lip liner that adds more definition. 

Finally, lip primer applied correctly can make your lips look plump and full. Seriously this one is a beauty no-brainer. 

5 tips to find the ideal lip liner  

Lip liner can extend the life of your lipstick, make your lips look full, and prevent feathering. But if you pick the wrong shade, it can cast a muddy, unflattering undertone. 

Follow these lip liner tips to make your lipstick look gorge

#1: Wear a lip liner within the same shade family as your makeup

Avant-garde makeup that incorporates the entire color wheel can look cool. But when it comes to lipstick, stick within the same shade family. Pair warm tones with warm tones and cool tones with cool tones. For example, a sunny, coral liquid matte lipstick like ‘Flirt’ looks best with a scorching red Lip Definer like ‘Scandal.’ 

#2: Create a bold makeup look with dark lip liner 

For a sultry evening look, a darker lip liner makes a classic creamy berry red, like ‘Obsessed,’ even more alluring. To go Gothic glam, a lip liner at least one shade but no more than two shades darker than your lipstick color. 

Dark lip liner can add even more depth and precision to a vampy, 90s-inspired lip gloss, like ‘Exposed.’ If you’re all about stunning Earth tones, we recommend pairing that shade with our Lip Definer in ‘Booty Call’ or ‘Mistress.’

#3: When in doubt, go nude 

...With your lip liner, that is. If you’re just not sure which lip liner works best for your lipstick, apply the right nude lip liner for your skin tone! 

Nude lipstick and lip liners come in just about every shade imaginable. To find the best nude for you, experiment with these three tried-and-true methods for finding your skin’s undertone. If you’re cool-toned, stick with a cool shade of nude; the opposite is true if your skin’s undertone runs warm. If you’re a true neutral, either cool or warm lip liners will work (lucky you!). 

Nude lip liner is also the perfect choice for ultra-dark, statement lipstick colors, like ‘Fetish!’ Using a super dark lip liner to match might just make your lips look a touch overdone. 

#4: Select a lip liner with a rich, creamy formula 

The most common type of lip liner comes in pencil form. It’s not only great for touching up your lipstick during the day, especially if you’re wearing a liquid matte lipstick or a lip stain, but also for filling in your pout. 

The only downside? Traditional pencil lip liners can be ultra-drying, especially if your lips are already dehydrated. That’s why we craft our creamy Lip Definers with hydrating, non-irritating ingredients that your lips love, like cacao butter and jojoba oil. Beauty shouldn’t come at the price of smooth, healthy lips! 


#5: Choose a lip liner with a creamy base 

The most common type of lip liner comes in pencil form. It’s not only great for touching up your lipstick during the day, especially if you’re wearing a liquid matte lipstick or a lip stain, but also for filling in your pout. 

Overdrawing your lips makes your lipstick stand out and your pout look fuller, but it also requires a bit more work. If you’re using a creamy lip liner, remember to set your lips with a makeup setting powder or spray. 

Even if you prefer following a quick and simple makeup routine, make time to wear lip liner. Making fewer touch-ups to your makeup throughout the day is worth the extra step! For even more tips on extending the length of your lipstick, read our guide on how you can make your lipstick last all day.

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