In a recent study, it was found that next to the mascara, the lip liner is the second most wrongly applied makeup item. The savvy little pencil is often confused by a lot of fashionistas and they end up with either a wrong shade or a very unnatural pout. Overdrawn lips can also be subtle and this is something our latest pout queen Kylie Jenner has been trying to teach. In one of the ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ episode, we saw how Kendal Jenner talks about Kylie taking 4 hours to fake that perfect pout.
Ladies, using lip liner is not rocket science. There are just a few lip liner tips which can transform your lips from trashy to subtle and elegant in a jiffy. Lip liner is a perfect addition to you lips because it helps the lip gloss and lipstick something to stick to. Hence, using a lip liner will ensure that the staying power of your lip colours are longer and also there is less bleeding from the lipstick into the fine lines. This looks like a hot mess and rigid lip lines can really spoil your look.
But look at how you can use a lip liner to fake a beautiful pout. We will talk more about this in a while:
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How To Apply Lip Liner:
Sorry ladies, we are going back to the basics – How to apply lip liner is one of the first things that are taught at a makeup school. As we mentioned, in order to know how to put on lip liner, you don’t need too many items or too much dexterity of your hands. There are just a few things that need to be kept in mind and we are here to help you!
Lip Liner Law 1: Never Ever Use A Lip Liner Which is Darker Than Your Lipstick
This is something that is considered pretty rad and rebellious and you may see a few women flouting this rule a lot, but believe us, it looks ugly as heck! The contrast can look horrendous and spoil your entire look. So, our best bet for you is to stick to natural and nude colours with a creamy consistency. Remember, the liner should always be one shade darker than your natural lip colour but one shade lighter than the lipstick you are using! See the picture below to understand what NOT to do with the lip liner:
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Lip Liner Law 2: Do Not Go Overboard
Yes, a great pout is a great asset, but with it, there are tons of responsibilities too (We totally stole a line from Spiderman!). That Kylie Jenner, Scarlett Johansson and Angeline Jolie lips are extremely desirable, but overdrawn lips would actually look like a surgery gone wrong. Sample this:
Now you certainly don’t want to look like that! In order to enhance your lips but not go overboard, here is a golden rule: Trace the natural lip line that you have and draw slightly above it; and we say slightly, please stick to using it slightly! Harsh lip liners can spoil your complete look, so tread ever so slightly.
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Lip Liner Law 3: Use The Cupid’s Bow To Your Advantage
What most people miss while learning how to apply lip liner is that they miss the most crucial ingredient in the makeup regime? Lip liners can work perfectly to your advantage if you know what to highlight and what to mute. The Cupid’s bow is the sexy little peak that you have in the middle of your upper lip. This one is an important piece in your lip liner jigsaw because highlighting it the right way can give your lips the much needed amp. Whenever you are using a lip liner, pick up one which is shimmery and has a sheer texture and ever so slightly highlight the middle of the Cupid’s bow. This can help create an illusion of a very nice pout.
So, we have outlined some of the most important rules on how to apply lip liner the correct way. Make sure you follow these tips on how to put on lip liner!