5 Lip Liner Mistakes You're Probably Making
When used correctly a lip pencil can help you achieve the subtle fullness that makes your natural lips stand out that much more. But you have to get it right.
Lip liner has acquired a bad rap over the years, and for good reason: Use too dark of a color and you'll look dated (enter â€˜90s grunge flashbacks). Draw too far outside of your natural lip line and youâ€™ll look about as natural as Kylie Jenner. When used correctly, though, a lip pencil can help you achieve theÂ subtle fullness that makes your natural lips stand out that much more.Â â€œIt adds definition by creating precise lines, works as primer to prevent feathering and creates the illusion of a plumper pout,â€ explains Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdams. Here, she shares the top mistakes liner-lovers make, plus her secrets for getting it right, every time.
Mistake: Choosing the wrong hue
To achieve the desired look, you have to choose your liner wisely. If you're going for the illusion of biggerÂ lips, choose a liner that isÂ one shade darker than your lipstick. Blessed with a naturally plump kisser? Opt for a matching color. McAdams recommends MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencils ($17; nordstrom.com): â€œThe shade range is wide and they have unbeatable staying power.â€
Mistake: Lining lips before lipstick
Instead, apply a coat of lipstick first. â€œThe color will help make the rim of your mouth more apparent, so you can go in and build up or define uneven edges,â€ McAdams says.
Mistake: Working too fast
"Don't try and conquer the entire circumference of your mouth in one swoop,â€ McAdams says.Â Instead, she suggests using small, light-handedÂ strokes. Start by defining the center of lipsâ€”cupidâ€™s bow and bottomâ€”then carefully work your way out toward the corners.
Mistake: Not blending enough
The last thing you want to see is a harsh line, especially as your lip color fades throughout the day. Buff the edges with a Q-tip to soften the look of the liner, then swipe on a final coat of lipstick and smooch lips together to blend.
Mistake: Skipping shine
For an extra boost, dabÂ a creamy highlighter on the Cupidâ€™s bow and the centerÂ of the bottom lip. â€œThe subtle sheen will reflect light, making lips look shapely,â€ says McAdams. TryÂ NARSÂ Shadow Stick in Goddess ($28;Â sephora.com).Â â€œIt's meant for eyes, but it also works beautifully on the lips,â€ she confides.
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