Lip liner, in all its different forms is a fashion statement that continues to amaze for a long time. It has been around for a long time and also suggests how you can make sure you will look amazing! While some are using it to enhance their natural pouts to your-lips-but-better effect or to create a more vivid, bulletproof canvas for a classic red lip, others are taking cues from backstage with editorial-inspired drama, from boldly visible and overdrawn to ombré with a fresh, soft-focus effect. No matter what tack you take, there are a few tried-and-true lip liner tips and techniques that you should be armed with each time you reach for your choice pencil. Here, pro makeup artists break down the basics.
If you’re color matching your lip liner to your natural lips, pay close attention to what undertones are most flattering to your complexion. One thing to know is that all nude liners are not created equal. You should be looking into and finding a realistic nude liner requires assessing your skin tone and figuring out what’s individually best for you. Often the best nudes will have a bit of peach or rust in them. Rarely is a true brown tone a great nude. When creating a nude lip, makeup artist Yuki Hayashi usually opts for a shade that’s either the same or a slightly darker shade darker to create a “very natural and contoured lip line.” This is the most important part of it.
The aim is to create balance and symmetry. When you first trace on a lip liner, begin by correcting the balance and symmetry of your lips. It has to not go on inches wide and apart. Try to keep the look as natural as possible. Always follow the natural shape and even the top and bottom shape first, then blend out the edges to give the effect of fuller lips. As you refine what you’ve traced, you don’t want to go overboard in accentuating it. Make sure it’s not too pointy or sharp. A trick that’s helpful when tracing it on with shorter lines. This gives better precision. Once the lip is fully lined, I’ll feather the liner inward, so if it wears down later, there’s no lip liner ring-around-the-mouth effect.
You should also look into how it will add definition and volume into how the lips look. One major trick is that you should be thinly lining the lips with a taupe-hued pencil to sculpt and shape. Think of it like a cheek contour, but for your lips. If you want to draw on a more voluminous new lip shape, pairing your lip liner with a long-wearing liquid lipstick.
When it comes to amazing lips, all you need to do is make sure the pout comes out amazing, looks fuller but also gives a natural look. Intensify your lip look by the way amazing lip liner looks. Lip liner adds the sharp line on a lip border that application just from a lipstick bullet may not achieve. A border brought into focus with a pigmented lip liner can make the lips appear more full. When applying a bold lipstick, you should make sure to use a lip liner as this will be refining and softening the shape. This is because a sharp, harsh lip line can make bright lipstick look dated. So it is important that you make sure that you apply this carefully; however the precision is important.
How about looking for a fresh ombre? Your go-to technique for a blurred finish is leaving the center of the lips completely bare of lip liner or lipstick, then taking a deeper liner and darken the lip edges and feathering slightly in. A nice dollop of lip balm on a brush blended inwards brings together the look with no hard lines.
Finally look into touch up options! No matter what kind of lip look you go for, always keep touch-up tools at the ready. One thing you can make use of is micellar water with a cotton bud to sharpen the line around the lips. This is also important because micellar water is nonoily and won’t cause my lip products to bleed. Concealer can also be a handy perfecter: You should apply it to the edges of lips before using lip liner and after applying lip liner; use your finger or a small brush to soften the edges. All of this makes the difference and allows you to look great! It is all about making your lips look amazing.But when it comes to getting the perfect pout, you should see how the lip liner should not be wide enough and should look as natural as possible.