How to Use Lip Liner




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I go through phases of makeup obsession. My current obsession: LIPS. Which brings me to my tutorial for today - How to Use Lip Liner.

What is it? Lip liner is a product that adds longevity to your lipstick, lip gloss or lip stain. Lip liner gives lip color something to adhere to giving the color more staying power. It also helps to define the shape of your lips for that perfect pout.

Liners should always match your color, either a shade lighter or darker than the color of your choice. For example, one would most likely not use a black liner with a dusty pink color. Instead, opt for a color within the family of pinks and is a close match to your dusty pink.

You might be thinking, "Do I need to buy a lip liner for every single lip color I own?" Luckily for those of you who have 20+ colors, the answer is no. To save your wallets, opt for universal neutrals that are a shade darker or lighter than your natural lips!

Because lip liners can be quite drying for my lips, I like to put on some lip balm before starting my makeup routine to let the balm absorb for an even smoother finished look.

Step 1: Defining Lips

This is the time to set the shape of your lips! Begin by outlining the shape of your lips. If you'd like your lips to be a bit fuller, barely over-draw around the perimeter of your natural lips. Careful not to overdraw as this will make your lips look overdone!

Step 2:

Do the same on the top lip paying special attention to the cupid's bow for clean lines. The angle of your lip liner will help immensely while in this area. Use the side or flat edge of the liner (not the point) for more control

Step 3: Fill in the Lips

Use the liner to fill in the lips - top and bottom. You should look like you have lip color on at the end of this.

Step 4: Lip Color

Go over your lip liner with your color of choice and voila! All done!

Step 5: All Done!

Now it's your turn! I'd love to see your lip liner/lip stick creations! Be sure to show me in the comments!



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9 Discussions

bell an

3 years ago on Introduction





3 years ago on Introduction

Looking great!! What I found new thing here is you used to fill it with lip liner also that gave a flowing look to lips. What we always do is to put the liner only on lip edges that always differentiate your lip color and lip liner. Loved your idea. Great one!!!

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Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

I'm glad you had some discoveries with my tutorial! I've also found that when drinking or eating, filling in your lips with lip liner also buys you a whole lot more time between lip touch ups ;)


3 years ago on Introduction

Even thought i know how to put on my lip liner i just thought it would be fun to check out how other people do theirs, and i really love your tutorial it was very informative. If i didnt know how, i would been pretty damn good at the end of this. lol thanx sweetie!!!

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Thank you, suzysmith24! I hope you found the instructable helpful and enjoyable! I'd love to see what you do with lip liners!