Written By Letizia TheBoldLipstick - August 18 2018
Lip liner is a product sent by fairy godmothers to help a modern-day Cinderella get all dolled up for her fairytale. If you want full and defined lips, have one ready in your pouch.
The idea is simple, which is to add more definition to the lips, but the right application can get tricky. But no need to worry, we got you covered.
How to choose the right lip liner to contour your lips gets easier once you get the hang out of it.
Makeup is all about matching of colors, usually to your own skin’s tone. When it comes to lip liner, it helps achieve a perfectly contoured lip if you pair your lip pencil with a highlight pencil that is lighter. This is the trick in getting those amazing lift and definition on your lips. This also works best if you want your upper lip to look thinner.
Like mentioned, the purpose of the lip liner is to create edges that define the color of your lipstick. However, if you have already searched the beauty stores for the exact shade to no avail, then you can go for an alternative which also yields an almost as gorgeous result. The trick is to pick a lip liner that is two shades lighter than the lipstick you are wearing. Do not pick two shades from different color family. If your lipstick is berry, then try to choose rose lip liner. Another important factor is the natural shade of your lips. You can find out by observing when you are not wearing any makeup. Most lips tend to have rosy, peachy, mauve, or brown undertone. Those are the predominant undertone. The goal is to find a shade to match them.
Important pre-application notes:
Apply a light lip balm before, if you want a smooth and gliding application as well as a fluid line for results.
When it comes to softness, your gauge will be to see if the pencil tugs your skin when you start to draw. If yes, then you need to sharpen the pencil and try to soften it by warming between your thumb and index finger.
For first-timers, it can get challenging but when you have mastered the technique it is going to be an easy part of a daily routine if you may. Take the lighter pencil, apply on the bow of the lip just above the shade of your lip liner. This will lift and highlight the area. It also guides the light to the corner of your lips, thus creating a more sculpted upper lip.
Another way of applying is to keep your lips slightly apart in order for you to have a good view of your lip’s natural shape. Follow this shape when applying the lip liner. Apply using short and light strokes. Do not overdo your lines because those do not appear flattering.
The best tip we can give is to experiment, not just with shades but also with the strokes. See what works best. See what shade do you always wear. And most of all see what looks great on you.