Lip Pencils are the small product that can make a huge difference when you know how and when to use them. Sometimes we opt out of lip liner because we feel like it makes makeup a big production. But it doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, our favorite time to use lip liner is when the rest of our look is quite minimal—just to add a little emphasis. We firmly believe that this small pencil makes a huge difference when applied properly. Here are some of our best tips & ticks for when to use your lip pencil and how to get the most out of your look.
When you want to look polished, without going overboard
When we’re going for the minimal or no-makeup look, we like to make sure our lips don’t fade into our complexion. If you’re familiar with this phenomenon, we suggest reaching for a lip pencil that is a similar color to your lips, and lightly outlining your bottom lip for a bit of definition. Follow with a bit of lip balm or gloss on top.
If you’re going for a bold lip, line your lips for a super-clean look
If you’re wearing a bold lip color, you’re most likely going to want the look to be defined around your lips—no bleeding or feathering. To set your look up for success, trace the edge of your lips with a lip pencil most similar to the color of your lipstick, then apply lipstick (we suggest with a brush) by filling between the lines of your lip pencil like a coloring book. We utilize this one-two-punch with our favorite burgundy lip—Cinnabar Lip Pencil & Red Red Wine Satin Naturals Lipstick.
Use all over the lips for a richer, more dramatic, long-lasting color
Filling in your entire lip with lip pencil will ensure that your lipstick is more vibrant and lasts longer. Our only caution is to be sure the lip pencil correctly matches the color of your lipstick, or the shade may turn out differently than you intended. For a deep neutral tone, we often do this with All Spice Lip Pencil to deepen Baked Satin Naturals Lipstick.
Apply lipstick first
If you’re less of a makeup artisté—or have shaky hands—try applying your lipstick first. It’s an easy way to see exactly where you need to line. Simply trace your lip pencil around the area where your lipstick starts to fade away and voilà.
Use a contrasting shade to create the illusion of fuller lips
If you want your lips to look a little fuller while still looking natural, use two different lip pencil shades—one slightly darker than the other. Use the darker shade to outline the bow and the middle of your bottom lip. This will create a subtle pout without overdrawing the lips.