Friday, August 9th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You


Is lip liner a necessity or a luxury in your beauty routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerLuxury–it’s definitely not something I find crucial for my lifestyle or daily routine. If I worked a job where I had to be at an office and look presentable, I could see myself trying to use it more often so I wouldn’t have to reapply my lip color during the day (or at least, not as often). Right now, I only use if I’m testing a formula, or else if I’m at a conference or all-day event.

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37 thoughts on “Is lip liner a necessity or a luxury in your beauty routine?

  1. A clear lip liner is a must for me, since I love bold lips but am very prone to bleeding and feathering.

  2. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    It’s a necessity with any red lipstick or gloss. Red pigment feathers like crazy on my mouth, so I generally go around the edges of my mouth with Urban Decay’s Ozone and then fill it in with a red liner. Sometimes, I’ll skip the red liner, but the clear liner is definitely a must – usually I go around the edges with concealer, as well, just to sharpen the edges.

    Most other shades, it’s a luxury. Fuschias, pinks, purples, oranges, etc. all tend to stay in place. I generally only wear liner if I want a very specific shape or want to alter the color.

  3. Avatar of Kristen Kristen

    Luxury for sure. I just got a couple but I don’t think they really think they’re necessary. I like them to fill in my lips and then use a gloss on top to make a new color sometimes.

  4. Avatar of Malia Malia

    For me it depends on the lip product. If a normal lipstick, then I won’t use a liner, but with liquid lipsticks I do find it crucial to minimize bleeding.

  5. Jackie

    I always wear lip liner whenever I wear lipstick. I think it makes my lips look more polished and defined and it completes the overall look. It also helps to tone down and “ground” colors that would otherwise be super-bright.

  6. Donna

    A must for me, I have thin lips and it helps give good outline. But I only wear one the nearest shade to my lips no matter what lipstick shade I wear.

  7. It used to be a luxury. Now I prefer the finish that lip liner gives, so it has become a necessity.

  8. Avatar of Jerrilyn Jan

    I’m lucky – or cursed. My lips looked perfectly lined all the time. The problem is that it isn’t necessarily the same color as the rest of my lips. But they are shaped in a way that lipstick can be applied to cover evenly without liner. I only need to line when trying to modify the shape for a costume party or stage event.

  9. I very rarely wear lipliner. On a daily basis, I rarely wear anything other than coloured lip balm or lip treatment for the most part. I only wear lipstick when I go out and usually that does not include lipliner. I only reach for liner for a special night out or with vampier looks when I want the lipstick margins to have serious hold and not bleed and that sometimes all depends on the lipstick formula itself.

  10. Kristy

    Clear or nude pink is a necessity, only because I don’t like lipsticks or glosses to bleed. Colored lip liner, when it matches the lipstick, looks severe and seems to make my mouth look smaller.

  11. Both! I don’t wear one everyday I just feel its not that necessary, but its def a necessity when I am wearing a bold lipstick like red, hot pink etc.

  12. Definitely a luxury. I have 2 lip liners – a deep pink (can be used for bold pink colors or blended out for lighter ones) and a clear one. That’s really all I need, very few of my lip colors bleed.

  13. I don’t see it as a necessity, although I tend to use it with some regularity when it comes to a red lip or anything that will bleed or feather. Usually, it’s just “lip’n’go”!

  14. It depends on the lipstick for me. If I’m wearing a red or bold lip color then I will line my lips. And I find that some drugstore lipsticks last better with liner underneath, as a base. But if I’m wearing a neutral lip I skip the lip liner.

  15. I think it depends on the lasting power of your lipstick. But I find that it doesn’t help much in regard to getting it to stay on, even with a primer, so I just use lipliners for shading and making the outline even.

  16. Avatar of Kimberly Kimber

    Creamy lipsticks and sometimes gloss has a tendency to feather on me, so I occasionally use lip pencils to avoid that happening. I mostly use them with nude lipsticks and sheer glosses, though! My lips are naturally very pigmented, so it’s difficult for sheer lipsticks or glosses to show up true to color without a little help.

  17. Yasmin

    Yes because i got a round face, and my lips arent defined, so i use lip liner to help create defined lips, i love wearing nude lips too, but i find that they look washed out on me, so i always use a plummy lip liner to line my lips and then i blend them into my nude lips to create a pout that doesnt look washed out.

    • Avatar of Sue Moushka

      Yasmin, I agree that a defined lip makes a difference. I use a neutral rosy brown color very close to my lip color to define the cupid’s bow which gives a much better balance to my face. Any place I can introduce angles or contrast (lips, cheekbones, eyebrow arch) seems to bring my features into focus and deflect attention from my round cheeks. If one has strong features, I don’t think it’s as crucial.

  18. Avatar of Barbara Barbara

    I only wear liner for dark lipsticks to help with evenness and with wear-time. Otherwise, I don’t wear liner because it’s too much of a hassle in my routine.

  19. Lipliner is essential. I use ELF’s clear one to line and sort of prime my lips, because without it my lips are prone to feathering and taking color unevenly.

  20. Avatar of Andrea Andigump

    WHEN A PERSON REACHES A CERTAIN AGE LIKE MYSELF YOUR LIPLINE WILL DISSAPEAR SO WHEN I PUT LIP COLOR ON I ALWAYS USE A INVISABLE LIPLINER AND SOMETIMES I WILL ALSO WEAR A NEUTRAL LIP PENCIL AND THIS DEFINITELY HELPS AND KEEPS YOUR LIPSTICK ON ALL DAY WITH JUST A FEW TOUCH-UPS. . . :)

  21. Avatar of Susan Susan Nevling

    I’d say it’s a luxury. I use it depending on my mood, condition of my oips and color and consistency of the lipnproduct I’m using.

  22. Avatar of Greta Greta

    Any suggestions for a clear lipliner/primer?

  23. Sally Gannett

    I wear lip liner every day and have lots of different shades. As you age, your lips become less defined, so while I avoid at all costs the Tammy Faye Baker look, liner is a necessity. Plus it gives your lips dimension. But I am always looking for just the right color, so have lots of them.

  24. Avatar of Terri Terri

    I do feel like it’s a necessity for me but some days it just doesn’t happen. I do look more polished with it on though. I absolutely need to expand my color range though…I only have 1 or 2 that I even like.
    I need a really good neutral.

  25. It’s definitely a must have in my book for big events where I don’t want to accidentally photograph as a clown. For every day, I don’t really bother.

  26. Basema

    Its a must

  27. Avatar of Dorottya doroffee

    If I wear a bolder lipstick, I often wear a lĂ­ner. Otherwise only when I need a super longwearing natural lip.

  28. zainab

    It is if I don’t want feathered granny lips. I tend to prefer matte and drier lipsticks for that reason.

  29. Tatiana

    It is a necessity for me, ’cause I often wear bright or dark lipsticks, and without lipliner the color of those lipsticks fade faster. I also use lipliner to correct the shape of my lips. But sometimes, if I use a nude lip color, I can skip the liner.

  30. VickyM

    I use lip liner every single day, it is actually one of my absolute three necessary makeup steps, lip liner, lipstick and concealer on under eye circles, so yes I would say it is a necessity for me :D .

  31. Avatar of Diane Diane

    Yes, lip liner is a necessity in my daily routine. I have been using a liner for close to 30 years and still receive compliments. It barely takes a second to apply and enhances the color of nude glosses and lipsticks. Without it my lips look pale, washed out and nondescript. I use a nude liner and a chestnut liner. I have also found that using it doesn’t stop bleeding or feathering. So if someone has any tips about that please let me know.

  32. Only if I need to wear an opaque lipstick that doesn’t truly cover up all of my natural pigmentation. In general, I prefer lipsticks that have at least a slight amount of translucency to work with that pigmentation, rather than against it.

  33. I only use lipliner if I’m going to an event or sometimes when I go out dancing. Other than that I don’t see the need.

  34. Lilinah

    Luxury.

    I rarely use lip liner. I hardly ever use liquid lipstick, and I usually use gloss over a lipstick to change or enhance its color, and rarely wear it alone.

    I don’t need liner even with the few reds i wear (MAC Deeply Adored and Rocker). Fortunately even at my age, my lips have a clear shape and don’t have vertical creases. I wear a lot of deep colors and so far the lipsticks all behave well on my lips.

    When i feel like playing around, I use lip liners to alter the color of some lipsticks, especially with certain grey and brown lipsticks, or to create an ombre look, especially with light colored lipsticks.