We know that you put in a lot of effort to get that picture-flawless makeup, and various makeup products, including blush, contour, perfect brow arch, and the right lipstick tint, go behind that glamorous look.
Lip liners are one of the many iconic make-up items that are a must but are often ignored and underrated. These days, lip liners are a must-have because lipstick without a liner is a big no.
Mastering the art of matching your lipstick shade with your liner can be a life-saving tip in the fashion industry, and having prior knowledge about the different types of liners is the first step to beginning your makeup journey.
1. Different Liners You Can Try Out: How to Choose a Lip Liner?
We have discussed the different types of lip liners available on the market; read ahead to learn how to choose a lip liner that suits your preferences.
You can choose the one that is easily available, hassle-free, and suitable for your use.
1.1. Pencil Liners
Pencil lip liners are like colored pencils and are quite easy to use because you can sharpen them to reuse them.
You can use pencil liners for a sharp, precise, and put-together look.
Always remember to use a sharpened pencil liner for a perfect application.
1.2. Twist-up Liners
You can use a twist-up liner for an easy, dark finish.
These come in plastic applicators and are soft and similar to lipsticks, so it is comfortable to use them.
1.3. Crayon Liners
You can also use crayon liners for a soft and blended look. As it has a rather fuller edge, it gives a natural look.
These were the distinct varieties of liners; you can choose any one you might feel solace in resorting to.
The next step is to know how to choose the shade of the liner. So here you go!
2. How to Choose a Lip Liner?: A Step-by-Step Guide
2.1. Know your Undertone
We bet you didn’t know that your undertone has much to do with your liner’s hue. Anyways, if you did not know, maybe we can help you out. So, first things first, go out in broad daylight and take a look at the veins on your wrist.
If the color of your veins is green, you could be a warm undertone; if it is purple or blue, you might be a cool undertone; and if you see a bluish-green vein, that means you might be neutral.
Now that you are aware of your undertone let us give you some insight into what shades look great with what undertone.
If you have a blue or purple undertone, you can choose to wear reds and pinks with a purple undertone or even plum.
Meanwhile, if you have a warm undertone, you can go for anything ranging from browns, reds, oranges, and those with a golden undertone.
2.2. Know your Nude Tint
Several products are being marketed as ‘nude,’ but finding the best nude hue for yourself can be a bit tricky.
While many peachy tones are sold as nude lip colors, you better not fall prey to them.
Here is a simple degree to discover your shade of nude. First, you need to know your skin’s degree of fairness or darkness.
If you are on the fairer side, you can go for pink, peaches, and beige, and if you are on the darker side, earthy hues like deep reds and browns might be a great choice.
However, orange might compliment your skin if you find yourself in the middle of the scale.
2.3. Try to Match the Liner with the Lipstick
Whenever you shop for a liner, remember that you need to buy a shade darker than your lipstick. A dark shade of a liner will give you a proper outline and a fuller shape to your lips.
While applying the lipstick, starting from the edge, merge in really well with the liner, making it look better and natural.
3. Different Liners and Lipstick Combos you can Try
3.1. Classic Red
You can always use a rich red matte lipstick with a scarlet red lip liner to get the immaculate velvety finish. Trust us, this is the best combination ever to exist.
3.2. Hot Pink
To add that pop of color to your already elegant girls’ nights, you can go for a hot pink matte lipstick with a darker matte pink liner.
3.3. Statement Brown Lips
Are you looking for a stunning brown to make a few heads turn? Try the brown satin lipstick with an earthy brown liner for a glamorous look!
4. Steps to Perfectly Elevate Your Lip Look
Which girl in the world does not know the first step to start with? You guessed it right; it has to be exfoliating.
Use a lip scrub or damp towel to exfoliate the flaky skin and remove dead cells gently. This will help you have soft, plump lips, prepping your lips for the pretty pout.
The next step is very obvious: it has to be moisturizing.
Applying lip balm or lip cream will make it primer-ready, and you can also use a tiny bit of concealer to fade out your natural lip line.
Use the liner you choose according to the methods mentioned above. Start with drawing the lip line, then fill it in. This will act as your lipstick’s base and prevent it from smudging.
Start from the top of your lip, draw the cupids now, and move to the bottom lip accordingly. Then, use the liner to fill in the untouched parts.
Look out for errors; if you have gone out of the line or messed up somewhere, you can use a concealer to correct those flaws.
4.5. Lipstick Application
The last and final step is to apply your lipstick. Star from the center of your lips and move towards the corner.
You can also use clear liners if you don’t want to use a colored one and still want to prevent bleeding from lipstick.
You can choose soft or pastel hues for a daily, laid-back, casual look. You can also get a white liner and pair it with bright-colored lipsticks for a funky, neon look. Or you can also use 2-3 shades of the same four family to get an ombre look.
We hope this article has given you all an insight into how to choose the best lip liners for your lips. Makeup is all about experimenting, and there are a plethora of ways you can use a lip liner to elevate your lips for that “perfect pout.”
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