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How-To Select the Right Lip Liner!!!


Lip liner is undoubtedly one of the most popular cosmetics. It assists in smoothing the uneven areas for producing a defined shape and a finished and uniform look. Lip liners are also used to alter the mouth’s shape or to make the lips appear fuller. They also serve the purpose of preventing your lipstick from bleeding on to the fine lines of your mouth.

There are various forms of lip liners available like gel or liquid formulas, retractable tubes, and liner pencils. The majority of the lip liners tend to match a group of colors instead of a certain shade. The lip liners utilize almost the same ingredients as the lipsticks. The ingredients vary by brand and type of product. The typical ingredients include preservations, mica, pigments, oils, and cosmetic grade waxes.

Lip Liner Types

With various types of lip liners available and numerous colors and brands, selecting a lip liner can get confusing for many. It is essential to understand the basic benefits and attributes of the types of lip liners to find the perfect one for you. Here are the different types of lip liners:

Pencil Lip Liners

This is the most commonly used lip liner. The pencil liners include a tiny amount of colored and solid liner base enclosed in softwood or some other cosmetic material. The pencil liners’ consistency is typically soft but drier and firmer than the solid lipstick’s texture. This assists in sealing the lipstick in the boundaries of the liner. Some pro’s of pencil liners include:

  • Easily available in all cosmetic brands
  • Has a flexible line width
  • Is inexpensive

Some con’s of pencil liners include:

  • Drinking and eating can easily remove or smudge the liner
  • Sharpening waste a lot of product
  • Needs frequent sharpening

Retractable Liners

These liners consist of thin plastic tubes that hold solid lip liners. The container’s base typically twists so that the liner comes out from the top. The retractable liners are popular because of their cost-effective and convenient form and construction. A few products come with a built-in sharpening feature usually on the end of the tube to enhance the application of the liner. Some pro’s of retractable liners include:

  • Easily available in all cosmetic brands
  • Product is not wasted because of the limited need of sharpening
  • Little to no need of sharpening the liner

Some con’s of retractable liners include:

  • Drinking and eating can easily remove or smudge the liner
  • Not easy to determine when the liner is running out
  • Is costly as compared to standard pencil liners

Cream or Liquid Liners

Similar to a lip stain, cream or liquid lip liner provides semi-permanent wear. You can apply this liner with a thin and small brush. Some of these liners come with a built-in applicator. A few of the brands have also introduced lip plumping ingredients in these products. Cream or liquid liners’ extended wear is an advantage for the women who don’t have time to retouch their makeup during the day. Some pro’s of cream or liquid liners include:

  • Doesn’t remove or smudge while drinking or eating
  • There is no need to sharpen them
  • Extended wear time
  • Lip plumping and waterproof formula available

Some con’s of the creamy or liquid liners include:

  • Short shelf-life as compared to pencil liners
  • A little trickier to remove
  • Might lead to irritation and lip dryness
  • Might bleed on to fine lines

Gel Liners

The advantages of cream or liquid and pencil liners have been combined in the gel liner products. These semi-solid and soft liners can be applied smoothly as compared to pencil liners and offer semi-permanent or temporary wear. Some pro’s of gel liners include:

  • Smoother application
  • Long-lasting
  • Waterproof

Some con’s of gel liners include:

  • Low variety of colors
  • Might be trickier to remove semi-permanent liners
  • Are costly as compared to other liners

Selecting the Right Type of Lip Liner

Selecting the right type of liner usually depends on personal taste and wearing requirements. If you are on a budget, then retractable or standard pencil liners will be perfect for you as they offer flexible wear. If you have dry or sensitive lips, then chemical products or semi-permanent liners must be avoided. When you have finally selected the right type of lip liner, the second step is selecting the color.

There are typically two color groups in which the lip liners are categorized. Please note that the liners will probably not match the lipsticks completely unless the brand has specially designed them in the same color. Generally, the perfect lip liner is the one which matches in tone and is a shade or two darker shades usually make the lips appear thinner and smaller. If you desire a more natural and fuller look, then select a lip color that is closest to the color of your lipstick or opt for an invisible lip liner.

Tones of Lip Liners


Selecting the right liner shade is much easier once the desired color tone has been determined. To summarize, warmer colors have yellow undertones while cooler colors have blue undertones. Tan, beige, and olive complexions are warm while pink, rosy, and fair complexions are cooler. If you are looking for natural results, then the tone of the lip liner must always match the tone of the lipstick while the tone of the lipstick must match with your complexion.

Some examples of warm colors include:

  • Taupe
  • Amber
  • Brown
  • Rust
  • Peach
  • Brick Red
  • Coral

Some examples of cooler colors include:

  • Cherry
  • Mauve
  • Crimson
  • Pink
  • Plum
  • Lavender

Some Tricks and Tips for Lip Liners:

  • Lip liner is usually applied on clean lips right before the lipstick is applied. In order to make a perfect outline, make tiny dots on the center of the lower as well as the upper lip. Continue making small dots around your lips. Afterward, connect all those dots with light strokes till a uniform and smooth look is achieved.
  • A precise line can be created with a properly sharpened pencil. If you don’t want a sharp line, then rub the tip of the liner on a tissue to make the edge soft and round. If the retractable or pencil liner appears too soft, then place them in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • If your lips look thin, then make a line extending slightly above your natural lip line. Utilizing neutral or conservative colors creates a natural look.
  • In order to make larger lips appear small, dab a bit of foundation on your lips before applying lip liner which is darker in shade as compared to the lipstick.





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