Remember small goals are easier to reach.
Provide your US shipping zip code to get an estimated arrival date for in-stock items. Makeup Services Stores Events. You are currently signed in as: Temp Out of Stock. Temporarily out of stock. Add to cart and we will ship as soon as this item becomes available. Clouds In My Coffee. I, like many women, bought lip liners when I needed something to line my lips and gave it no further thought. Then one day a co-worker of mine was re-doing her lips after lunch. I watched her, and saw something that I'd never seen before: The pencil was her lipstick.
I know there are more important things in life to have an epiphany over, but I had one at that moment. Since then I have read beauty articles that have suggested that you should line your lips with a lip liner or lip pencil that is the same color as your own lips, then use that liner to "fill in" your lips, so you have a base for a lipstick or a lip gloss to stick to.
However, it was only as a step, not as the finished product, and especially not an actual lipstick color, say, red or coral.
Because really, no one has natural red- or coral-colored lips My co-worker was using a copper-orange lip pencil, making it clear that this was her chosen lip color and that she was not trying to match her lips. I immediately began to experiment with the lip liners I had at home. I was overjoyed with the results, for multiple reasons. Lip liners make great matte lipsticks.
Almost all lip liners give you a creamy, highly-pigmented, non-shiny look. I have found that lip liners that don't need sharpening are creamier than lip pencils, so experiment with that to find your preference. Lip pencils, accordingly, tend to be drier, and you may want to put a lip balm on first.
Like matte lipsticks, lip liners stay put, making them a no-fuss lipstick option. Lip liners can be found in many colors. If you look at just one brand's lip liners, you may find a limited selection of colors. However, if you search a lot of brands together, say, at a drugstore, you will find a wide array of colors at your disposal.
One brand's "nude" lip liner may be too pinkish for you, while another brand's "nude" will be more beige. My personal favorite nude lip liner is Jordana's lip liner in Latte, found in drugstores.
It is a beige nude with hardly any pink in it. There are cosmetic brands that have a wide selection of lip liner colors; MAC Cosmetics has a wonderful palette of distinct, colorful lip liners, my favorite being Auburn, which delivers a rich brownish red. Many lip liners are inexpensive. For the most part, I can tell no difference between my drugstore lip liners and my department store lip liners. The only exceptions are the ones that come from the very inexpensive brands like Wet n Wild.
These lip pencils, while usually costing about 99 cents a pencil, tend to be too hard and not deposit color on your lips easily. It is a brownish red that gives me a rich, creamy, matte lipstick that stays on all day. I can't buy enough of them even though I appear to be trying to given how many I have. If you are on a tight budget but want a department store-quality lip product, lip liners are well worth checking out.
You don't need an extra product to line your lips with. It seems silly to point this out, but this really is a bonus. For more intensity, start with your liner. Fill in the entire lip with the liner for an all over color that can be worn alone or layered with lipsticks and gloss. Build a guideline starting at your cupid's bow. It creates a good map for the rest of your lip.
Do it in stages. Break it down for yourself. Remember small goals are easier to reach. Don't sharpen too much. Transform your liner into a carpenter's pencil for more precision. This gives you the best tool to hug the corners of your mouth. Wipe clean between each use. White tips are a sign of expiration.
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