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April 29, 2013 2:33 pm

The Do’s and Don’ts of Lip Liner

Lip liner has had its fair share of hits and misses over the last couple decades. Just like fashion, makeup has trends that come in and out of style. A dark bold liner with a pale lipstick is definitely a trend we have seen come and go… personally, I’m very glad to see it go! Today I’m going to talk about my current uses for lip liner and ways to wear it that are modern and current.

The Do's and Don'ts of Lip Liner

First up…

Choose a lip liner in the same color as your lipstick and apply it all over the lip. This will help in multiple ways. One, it will prevent the lipstick from bleeding onto the skin around the lips. Two, it will help create a super long-lasting color. This is especially helpful with bright, bold colors. Here is an example of matching lip liners to lipsticks (they don’t have to be dead on and they don’t have t o be the same brand or shade!).

Lipstick: Image

Lip Liner: Image


Lip liner is a great way to neutralize the lip. It creates a colorless base that you can then add color to. You might want to do this if you or your client have naturally red lips and you would like to create a pale, nude lip. Sometimes when you apply a nude lipstick onto an already naturally red lip you get an odd, muddy color. To avoid this, take a lip liner that is a shade or two lighter than the lips and fill in the lips with it, then go ahead and apply the light nude lipstick over top.

Lipstick: Image

Lip Liner: Image

The finished result, the perfect nude pout…

The Perfect Nude Lip


Use liner to subtly enhance the lips to make them appear slightly larger. To keep this look modern and chic you want to avoid over-lining. Use a lip liner that matches your lip color and line on top of or just outside of the natural lip line. This will make the lips appear larger, but not unnaturally so. Either fill in the lip with the liner or pop on a lipstick of your choice

Lip liner is a small detail in your look that can really add that polished, professionally applied looking finish. Lips will be that much more precise and defined, whether it be a nude lip or a bold lip. Hope that helped you guys out!

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Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.