Lip liners are not new, but they fell out of favour over in the mid 2000s, thanks to the lip gloss craze. Well, that is now over thanks a certain reality/social media star. Kylie Jenner has perhaps single-handedly brought back the lip pencil by extolling the virtues of its plumping power all over Instagram.
Known to bring definition, and to help your lipstick last longer and stop from feathering, this makeup bag tool is essential.
For a plumper effect, take a freshly sharpened pencil in the same colour as your lipstick of choice, and, using short, soft strokes, line the lips along the natural lip line. If you're extra daring, try gently going outside the lines. But be careful not to go too far or your look will appear unnatural. And we certainly don't want that.
Tips & Tricks
For a defined Cupid's bow, use a skintone-coloured pencil to highlight just above the natural lip line. Take a liner in the same shade as your lipstick and draw an X along the natural line of the Cupid's bow, starting at the highest point that you want to define. If the line is too stark for you, blend with a pointed Q-Tip. Then apply your lipstick.
Even if you're not a big fan of deep lip hues or are adverse to a classic red, a liner that matches your natural lip colour will shape your pout, priming the area for your favourite gloss, and leaving you with a naturally defined look.
Did you know?
Hollywood's Clara Bow is credited with starting the lip liner craze in the 1920s, when she started using a lip pencil to exaggerate her Cupid's Bow, while leaving the corners of her mouth nearly bare, for a doll-like look. Other liner fans include, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. Looks like Jenner is in good company.