Have you ever wondered if you are using lip liner correctly? Or perhaps you’ve wondered if using lip liner is worth the effort at all? Well, wonder no more!
As the name suggests, lip liner emphasizes your lips contours, making them appear more outlined.
Today, we’ll take a look at the basics of using lip liner.
Master the art of using lip liner today to achieve attractive, more clearly-defined lips!
1. What’s lip liner?
Lip liner is a cosmetic item used to define the contour of the lips.
Lip liner is able to give a more clearly-defined contour than lipstick, giving the lips a cleaner and neater finish.
Using lip liner allows you to correct the contour of your lips, prevents your lipstick from smudging, and gives your makeup better staying power.
Lip liner also allows you to give your lips the ideal shape you want, depending on how you contour them with the lip liner. This makes lip liner a must-have item in any makeup kit.
2. How to use lip liner
Interested? Let’s get on to the good stuff and go over the basics of how to use lip liner!
(1) Moisturize with lip balm
Pre-moisturizing with lip balm lets you draw the lip line more smoothly.
Be careful though, as putting on too much lip balm will result in a shallow layer of lip liner. Lightly wipe off any excess lip balm with tissue.
(2) Slightly round out the tip of the pen
Use a tissue or the back of your hand to slightly round out the tip of the lip liner pen.
A slightly rounder pen tip makes the pen feel more stable, resulting in neater, more cleanly-drawn lines.
A sharp tip feels more unstable as it snags on the lips more easily, leading to blurred lines.
(How to use a lip liner)
When using a lip liner, hold it as close as possible to the pen tip.
The farther you hold it away from the tip, the more unstable your grip becomes, making it more likely to produce smudged lines.
(1) Draw from the Cupid’s Bow
First, start contouring from the Cupid’s Bow (the “v” shape on your upper lip).
The lines on the Cupid’s Bow give it a hard and tight appearance when angular lines are drawn, so round the lines out a bit as you draw them.
(2) Draw the base of the lower lip
Next, draw a straight line on the base area of the lower lip.
Draw a line just outside the 1-2mm area where the lip becomes one shade lighter. This is right next to where the lip starts to become round.
(3) Connect to the Cupid’s Bow from the corners of the mouth
Draw connecting lines from the corners of the mouth to Cupid’s Bow. Draw these lines from both left and right.
(4) Connect to the base of the lower lip from the corners of the mouth
Draw connecting lines from the corners of the mouth to the base of the lower lip. Draw these lines from both left and right.
(5) Fill in the gaps
Gaps may form on the connecting lines from the corners of the mouth. Open your mouth and fill this gaps in using lip liner.
(6) Lightly smudge lines inward
Lightly smudge the lines drawn with the lip line inward towards the lips.
This is easier done with a lip brush, and results in a neater, more refined finish.
Smudging the lip liner prevents the outline of the lips made with the lip liner from standing out too much.
You can then go ahead and finish with lip gloss or lipstick.
* Key points to remember for a more beautiful finish
Make a conscious effort to use soft lines when drawing lip contours with a lip liner.
Lines that are too linear result in pronounced angles that look contrived and unnatural.
3. How to change your own impression with lip liner
Lip liner is a versatile tool and even slight adjustments to your basic application technique result in lips that are even closer to the look you want to pull off. Consider these suggestions for example:
* For a natural-looking finish
Draw only the center lines on the upper and lower lip, and use your fingers to gently draw out the rest of the line.
Not drawing all the way to the corners of the mouth gives a look that isn’t too tight and well-defined, resulting in a more natural look.
* For a well-defined lip line
Draw lip lines using a lip liner with a slightly darker shade than your lipstick.
Using a darker shade emphasizes your lips as a whole, leading to a more clearly-defined finish.
* For a solid-looking finish
After applying lip liner as earlier described in the basic procedures above, draw a triangle through the upper and lower lips from the corners of the mouth.
This creates a shadow effect from the corners of your mouth, resulting in a fuller, more solid-looking finish.
4. Choosing the right lip liner
The most important things to consider when choosing a lip liner are color and liner type.
4-1. Lip liner types
There are 3 main types of lip liners. The easiest ones to use are the cartridge-based types as these no longer need to be sharpened and can be refilled as needed.
The fineness and stiffness of the filling are just right for drawing smooth lines.
In addition, there are also existing pencil-type lip liners that feature stiff, hard-to-smudge fillings, and crayon-type lip liners with thick fillings that can be also used as lipstick.
4-2. Lip liner color
Choose a lip liner with a natural-looking color or a color that is closer to the color of your lip sticks.
If you are limited to just one selection, choose natural colors as these can be used with just about any lipstick.
Lip liners with shades such as beige, coral pink, and peach result in a natural-looking finish when used as lip liners.
Among these three, choose a lip liner with the right shade that is closest to your natural lip color.
Using a lip liner with the right shade, which is closer to your natural lip color, results to creating natural-looking lines that don’t stand out at all.
Lip liner is a definite must-have item takes your lip make-up kit to a whole new level when used correctly.
Try them out today and see what they can do for you and your lips!
This article was last updated on May 10th, 2016
No two individuals are alike. Please note that your results and experiences may vary from what is described in this article.