- Lip liner - the unsung hero of makeup
- Bracing yourself before the application of lip liners
- Prepping up before applying lip liner
- 1. Don’t stop at outlining your lips with lip liners
- 2. Apply the lip liner to fill in the lip
- 3. Complimenting your makeup
- 4. Have a close look at your lip liner
- 5. Perfect the long-lasting finish
- 6. Plump up your lip
- 7. Apply highlighter to make your lips attractive
- 8. Save yourself from the embarrassment
- 9. Intensify the look
- 10. Make small goals for lip makeup
- 11. Corner of the lip
- 12. Apply lip liner with care
- 13. Clean up
- 14. Wipe clean the lip
Lip liner - the unsung hero of makeup
Till date, there are many out there who still wonder why the lip liner is given so much of importance nowadays. Earlier, lipstick alone helped us achieve the perfect look, but today we cannot think of using our lipstick without lip liner. If you think of it then you will realize that now the lip liners have made our life so much easier. Now you have the boundary drawn by the lip liner and you just fill up the lips with your favorite lipstick without worrying much. The lip liner has done its job of outlining your lip, giving it a fuller and sometimes intense look. It is mainly because, in the recent past, we have discovered the magic that a lip liner can create. If you are not born with beautiful big lips, then the lip liner will help you achieve those irresistible pouted lips in no time. Everything depends on how you apply the lip liner. It works like a magic wand. You can just dream about the beautiful lip you want and your magic wand will spell the magic to give you that perfect look. The best makeup artists will vouch for the importance of lip liners. You are not in the 90’s anymore. Dark lip liners were a craze at that moment. Women used to line their lips with dark shades and then fill it up with frosty and pale lipsticks. I know, I know, it was scary, but thankfully, things have changed for the better now. Our fashion sense has evolved and now almost all of us have a basic knowledge of applying the lip liner.
Bracing yourself before the application of lip liners
Ok, now we have had enough of how horrible things were in the past. Now at present time also there are many who don’t know how to apply the lip liners. No, don’t shy away from admitting your ignorance. You will be surprised to know that there are many who don the lip liner without knowing the technique. Therefore, don't see yourself as a layman who is trying their hands on something new. If this is the first time you are trying your hands on a lip liner, then you are at the right place. We are here to guide you through all the steps and by the end of it, you will have full knowledge of the world of lip liners.
Are you following these steps?
1. Are you moisturizing your lips? Applying lip balms definitely help moisturize your lips, but only moisturizing won’t help because the dead skin cells are sitting there to mess up your lipstick. 2. So, the next step is to exfoliate. If you haven’t included exfoliation to your lip care regime, then you should start doing it right away. These two steps are very important to all and most importantly, you will be the owner of a luscious pink lip if you get started with this simple lip care regime.
DIY lip scrubbers
If you like to stay closer to earth with your beauty products, then here are some of the DIY lip scrubbers that you can use. This won't take much of a time and you can prepare these with easily available materials. 1. Honey and brown sugar lip scrub Things you need: • Brown sugar – 1 tbsp • Honey – 1 squirt (just enough to make the paste) • Vanilla – 1 drop How to prepare and apply the lip scrub • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and store it in an airtight jar. • Rub the mixture gently on your lips to exfoliate. Then allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Now apply a generous amount of lip balm after the exfoliation. Exfoliate your lips with this mixture once or twice weekly. 2. Lip balm and coconut oil lip scrub Things you need: • Lip balm – 1 tube • Granulated white sugar – 2 tsp • Coconut oil – 1 tsp How to prepare and apply the lip scrub • Squeeze out the lip balm from the tube into a bowl. Add the sugar and make it a granular paste, now it’s time to pour in the coconut oil and stir it to get a thin consistency. Your lip scrub is ready to be stored in a jar. • Apply a generous amount of the mixture and massage gently then rinse it off with lukewarm water. You can use this mixture 3-4 times a week. 3. Honey and sugar lip scrub Things you need: • Sugar – 2tsp • Honey – 1tsp • Almond oil – 1tsp • Cinnamon – a pinch (optional) How to prepare and apply the lip scrub • Mix all the ingredients together to make a smooth paste and put it in a small container. • Apply the mixture on your lip and gently massage your lips for one minute. This will remove the dead skin and when you wash it off with warm water you will have soft pink lips. 4. Orange and honey lip scrub Things you need: • Castor Sugar – 1 ½ tbsp • Olive oil – 1tsp • Honey – 1tsp • Orange essence – few drops How to prepare and apply the lip scrub • Mix all of them together and form a paste. • Now rub this mixture on your lip to get rid of chapped lips These are four easy lip scrubs that you can prepare at your home and store for further use. It is time to steer our attention back to the lip liners now that we are done with the lip care regime. Our lips are now clean and moisturized properly to embrace the lip liners. If you are the kind of person who is not into DIY, then you can get the lip scrubbers that are readily available in the market. While selecting the scrubber, you must look into the ingredients to see whether it will suit you or not.
Prepping up before applying lip liner
When you are doing your makeup, it is better to apply the lip balm first. This will help the balm to sink in and will be ready when you finally arrive at your lip makeup. It is important to choose the perfect shade of lip liner; else the whole look can get messed up. While selecting the lip liner, you will have to remember that it should be one shade lighter than the shade of your lipstick. If you are new to the world of lip liner, then you can find yourself some versatile shades that will go with your lipstick. You know which lipstick color you prefer so depending on that you can have your lip liner collection. The wine, red, and nude lip liners are the best collection you can have if you have just started out your lip liner collection. Red goes well with any orange based or berry-based colors and the wine shade lip lines are best suited with raspberry, plum, and wine look. The lighter pink lipstick gels well with a nude lip liner. You can be old school while selecting the lip liner or you can get a little experimental. Don’t be scared of trying new things. Lip liners are not permanent markers, so chill. You can easily wipe them off. Who knows, while experimenting with your favorite lipstick and an odd lip liner you can come up with your signature shade? So, keep experimenting with lip liners.
1. Don’t stop at outlining your lips with lip liners
This is the most common mistakes most newbies and even some veterans commit while applying lip liner. They outline the lips with the lip liners before applying their favorite shade of lipstick. You must be wondering what’s wrong with that! You should not stop at outlining the lip; instead, you should cover your lip with the lip liner. It will help you prevent feathering and will also help your lipstick stick a bit longer.
2. Apply the lip liner to fill in the lip
This is a trick that you should master while doing your lip makeup. Use the pointed tip of the lip liner for outlining and the sides to fill it up on the go simultaneously.
3. Complimenting your makeup
Your lips attract most attention while you speak, so you should make them look good. Your lip makeup can either enhance your whole look or be a complete drab. You can avoid messing it up by following these simple tricks and tips. Hold the lip liner of your choice at 45-degree angle while applying and remember to draw short strokes. Avoid going for a long straight line as it is tough to blend in with your lipstick. Use a lip brush to smudge the edgy lines to come up with a natural look. The Cupid’s bow is the toughest part to handle while applying a lip liner. So, take your time while outlining that area of your lip to get that flattering look. Another important part of your lips is the corner and you should line it properly to get the natural look.
4. Have a close look at your lip liner
Now that you are done with the application of lip liner, it is time to check whether you have done it correctly. So, tilt down the chin to verify the top line and the bottom line will be visible when you lift your chin up in front of the mirror.
5. Perfect the long-lasting finish
The matte lip liner pencil is the best option when you are trying to maintain a long-lasting makeup without adding some extra color to your lip.
6. Plump up your lip
You want to perfect the plump lip look with makeup, then bring out the lighter shades and highlight. You use the highlighter for your skin makeup and in the same way, use light shade lip liner to get fuller looking lips. Dark shade recedes the area, whereas the lighter shades bring forward the area by giving it a fuller look. You might get messy lines, but don’t worry about that. The concealer is there to correct your mess. The outlines can be hidden under the layer of concealer once you are done with your lip makeup.
7. Apply highlighter to make your lips attractive
For giving a dramatic look to your lips, you can apply white eyeliner or highlighter pencil just above the cupid bow area and also under the lip line of the lower lip. Remember to apply only a small amount. Now blend it with your finger blurring the demarcation line created by the highlighter or the eyeliner. This hint of light color on your lip helps in creating a delusion of light that makes your lip look attractive. If you want you, can play along a little bit more, then add some lip gloss. You will have the juicy lips look that will surely attract a second glance in the party.
8. Save yourself from the embarrassment
It has happened with many of us that the lipstick has worn off, but the lip liner stayed back only to embarrass us in front of others. You can save yourself from this embarrassment if you apply the lip liner after the application of lipstick. In this way, you will know where to fill up when you are done with your lip makeup and when your lipstick is wearing off it will tag along the lip liner too. So, you won’t have the lip liner around your lips while the lipstick is gone.
9. Intensify the look
Going for a dramatic and intense look? Your lips will add up to your intensity without fail if you follow this simple trick. Draw the edges of your lip and give your lip the desired shape. To get the intense look put more pressure while applying the lip liner. Fill up your lips with the lip liner and then cover it up with your favorite lipstick or the lip gloss. Once you are done with the lip makeup you will only have praise for you, for perfecting the intense look with a pro. The more you put pressure while applying the lip liner, the more intense your lip looks.
10. Make small goals for lip makeup
It is not easy to draw a single line at a go and it is not advisable too. Even the expert makeup artists will also suggest you break it up while lining your lips. Draw an “X” on your Cupid’s bow and a small line in the middle of your lower lip. This helps you give direction and help you in applying the lip liner to perfection. Smaller goals are always easy to achieve success.
11. Corner of the lip
While applying the lip liner to the corner of the lip things can get a bit messy, but if you wrap your lip liner pencil tip with a tissue, then it wouldn’t do much damage. After wrapping the tip of the lip liner around the tissue, squeeze out the pencil to come up with a flat tip, just like the carpenter’s pencil. When you are outlining the corner of your lip this technique is best suited for a mess-free lip makeup.
12. Apply lip liner with care
It’s a work of art and you should not rush while completing your lip makeup. If you do your lip makeup in a hurry, you will end up having a messed up lip and then it will take more time in hiding the flaws. Then there are chances of overdoing things when we are in a rush. If you are new to the lip liner thing, then take your time and complete the lining of the lip perfectly.
13. Clean up
When you are done with your lip makeup, it is time to clean up the edges and give the perfect shape to your lip. For this, you can use the Q-tip that is moist and it will help you clear the mess without any hitch.
14. Wipe clean the lip
You are in a party when you notice that your lipstick has worn off so you grab your purse and catch hold of the lipstick or lip liner to apply it again. Now hold your thought there. You must be having issues as well, so why not use it to wipe clean your lip first. Yes, it is always advisable that you wipe clean your lips before applying a fresh coat of lip liner and lipstick.
Some common tricks and tips
If you apply lip liner to fill up your lips before applying the lipstick, then it enhances the longevity of the lip makeup and your lipstick will take time to wear off. Apart from lip liner, you can also use powder to prevent the lipstick from being worn out. This way, you won’t have to worry about reapplying again and again. Experiments are fun, but overdoing it can ruin the whole makeup. You only try out colors that you are comfortable with and don’t go for the colors just for the sake of it. While selecting the color of lipstick or lip liner, you will have to keep in mind the occasion you are attending. If it is an office party, then the colors will be different compared to the party hosted by your friends. The shades you select should be in sync with your personality. You should not try something overtly funky if you are by nature a quiet person. Your makeup should match your personality and enhance it.