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