LinerLiner2Lip liner and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship. There are times when I can’t imagine my make up bag without it – and then there are times when I just think ugh, what a faff.

The truth is though, regardless of the additional time it adds onto my daily make up routine, lip liner really does help to make your lipstick last longer – and it makes it that much easier to apply your lip colour inside a nice, neat line. Plus, if you are brave enough, using lip liner can also be brilliant when it comes to helping your lips look a bit fuller. Just use your liner to accentuate right to the edge of your lip and you will be amazed at the results.

So given that I’ve been wearing a lot of bold lip colours recently, it may come as no surprise to you that lip liners are back in favour. Sadly a few of my favourite products – the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat and the Studio 10 Age Reverse Perfecting Lip Liner – were accidentally left at home in the big move to NYC (sob) so I’ve actually been experimenting with a few new products in the hopes of finding something equally as spectacular.

First up, the Barry M Lip LinerI picked this up on a bit of a whim just before I left the UK and, while I was thrilled at the bright, bold colour and incredibly budget-friendly price tag, I have to admit the staying power just isn’t that excellent. But, it does work well as a good guide for a bright bold red lip, so I’ve kept it around for those just in case moments.

Then we have the Revlon ColorStay Lip LinersI picked these both up as part of my concerted effort to incorporate more lip liner into my life and I have to say, out of all of the liners I now have in my collection, these two have had the most use.

They have that slightly waxy texture to them, which makes them incredibly effective at keeping your lipstick from spreading anywhere it should’t. Luckily, the waxy texture doesn’t have any impact on the colour pay-off, which is superb. And I’ve also found that, if you spread the lip liner further in on the lip, it also acts as a great primer, and helps to adhere the lip colour for hours on end. NB I’m wearing the darker Revlon lip liner with my beloved Rimmel x Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 30 in the above photo… It’s an ace match. 

Last up, the Kiko Lip PencilI picked this up a couple of weeks ago, when I spied that it came in a package with a matching lipstick – I find colour matching a bit of a pain in the bottom so to have a lipstick that comes ready-paired with the perfect lip liner is just a dream.

Formula-wise it’s not actually my favourite – I think it’s slightly too creamy and tends to smudge a bit too much for my liking – but when it comes to shade and pigment, it is spot on.

IF you guys have any other lip liner recommendations please do let me know – who knows how long the love part of this relationship may last this time around!


2 thoughts on “Embracing lip liner – again

  1. nyrmirez says:

    I use to hate lip liners. Now I can’t live without them! It’s incredible how much longer a lipstick can last with just adding a bit of a lip pencil. Good luck on your quest to finding the right lip liner. I know matching colors can be a pain.

  2. SarahC. says:

    That lip combo looks great on you – good ol’ Rimmel. I don’t use any actual lip liners atm but like Anastasia Brow Fix as a clear barrier to stop lipsticks feathering – sounds odd but I do love a multitasker!

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