the key to longer-lasting, defined lips is always a good lip liner

This season might be all about eyes when it comes to fashion but that doesn’t mean we have to forget about lips. Berry tones are back (a staple every winter) and nude tones are popular again – epitiomised by Kylie Jenner – as they’re the perfect compliment to this season’s statement eye makeup trends.

Whether you’re going for a subtle look or something more dramatic, the key to longer-lasting, defined lips is always a good lip liner.

Here are some of my favourites, and a few techniques to try out when using them too: 

  • GO NATURAL
    For a natural result, a nude shade such as Bobbi Brown liner in Brownie Pink works really well as a base for balm or gloss, giving it a subtle, longer-lasting finish. Use small strokes with the pencil to line, blend it out softly over the entire lips and then tap balm over the top. 
  • LOOK EXPENSIVE
    Fans of rich red, bright pink or coral tones can stop their lippy from fading by backing up the colour using a matching liner first. Barry M does a great selection of bright colours that won’t break the bank.
  • AVOID BLEED
    Worried about feathering? Don’t be: there are special liners for that too, ‘invisible’ liners that’re a little waxier in texture, such as Laura Mercier’s Clear. Designed act as a barrier and fill in fine lines, lipstick can’t go walkabout.
  • ALL IN ONE
    Perfect for when you’re time poor but still want to look great, more and more cosmetic companies are creating long lasting, hydrating liner/lipstick/stain combos with my favourite being NARS Satin Lip pencils.
  • DO IT DIFFERENTLY
    Alternative liner technique: build up colour without having to maintain a perfect lined lip all night by applying a liner to the center of lips only and then use a cotton bud to blend outwards. This looks great with berry shades such as Catrice Ultimate Stay in Love the way you Plum.

Are you loving liner again?