Reader Requested Post: Picking Out Lip Liners for Lipstick and Matching Nail Color

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The other day The Style and Beauty Doctor reader Taylor gave me an idea to do a post on how to choose lip liners with bright lipsticks in a comment she left on post 28 Bright Lip Color Swatches from MAC, YSL, MUFE, and Illamasqua.

She said, “Maybe you can do a post on great lipliners to go with these bright lipsticks or nice nail polishes (like Illamasqua) to match?

But of course!

First, the basics.

What do we need lip liners for anyway?

Lip liners are great for defining the lips (especially good for those with smaller or unevenly shaped lips), preventing lipstick from feathering/bleeding, and acts as a great layer to help keep lip color on longer. You don’t always need a lip liner, but if you fall into any of the categories I just mentioned, it’s definitely worth a try.

Picking out a lip liner color depends on what you want to do with your lipstick or gloss.

If you want to intensify the color, use a lip liner in a similar color as your lipstick or gloss.
If you want to darken the color (perhaps still get some use out of a color that was too light or too bright) grab a darker pencil in a brown or burgundy.
If you want to make your lip color last longer, you can use a lip liner closest to your natural lip color or a color that closely matches your lipstick or gloss.
If you want to create new lip color combinations and stretch out your lip color stash without spending a whole lot of cash, get lip liners in colors like red, pink, and brown to alter the colors.

What are good lip liners to use?
I like MAC Lip Pencils, Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip (they’re waterproof), and my buddy Carmen of Lipstick Fashion Mascara recommends NYX Lip Pencils for a great product at a lower price point.

What about matching your lip color to your nail polish?

I say it’s a go! It’s a very chic way to wear color. Since Taylor asked about matching lip colors for Illamasqua Nail Varnish, I’ve picked out a few:

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Alarm with MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Collide with MAC Lipglass in Pink Poodle
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Loella with MAC Lipstick in Pink Nouveau
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Scarab with Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Hermetic
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Unnatural with MAC Lipglass in Desire
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Velocity with MAC Lipstick in Up the Amp
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Whack with Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volutpé in #17 Rouge Muse

Image 1 via justfillmein.com
Image 2 via dailymakeover.com
Image 3 via eyeshadowlipstick.com

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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  7. Taylor says:

    Thank you! I really want to buy a bunch of nail polish now. Just wish my pedicure wasn’t going to be stuffed inside a snow boot. This snow is getting ridic.

  8. Stephannie says:

    Hey Danielle!

    I’ve reached out to you before to give me helpful style tips in the past…and they worked…so, I thought “Why not ask another style question?”

    As per usual, I’m attending an uber swanky party next Saturday and I just purchased this really cute black sleeveless sequin dress. I want to pair it with a black motojacket that I purchased this past Saturday. I did some research, and I discovered that the combo was good; however, I want to know what kind of shoes, accessories and make up should I pair it with to give me that “Red Carpet” effect. (FYI, there will be an actual red carpet where I’m going and I’m trying to turn heads.)

    Also, I have braids and I want to do something other than throw them up in a pompador. I’ve got plenty of bobby pins, so I’m ready with whatever you come up with. (I’ve got a round face, just thought you should know.)

    Thanks for all your help.

    Stephannie

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