Is lip liner essential for you?

Since I primarily test products for wear, I don’t use a primer or lip liner underneath them, so definitely not something essential to my routine.

— Christine


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Mariella Avatar

Nope, not since discovering Elizabeth Arden’s Lip Fix. The only lip liner I’ve owned (except for Lise Watier’s colourless one) is MAC Dervish and I used to use it with “travelling” lipsticks no matter their colour because Dervish is pretty much the colour of my lips so if my lippie wore off, I wasn’t left with that hideous and noticeable lip liner ring around the edges of my lips.

Z Avatar

It didn’t used to be. But now? Yeah, actually, it is. I’m also super happy that I’ve dabbled high and low with various price points and formulas only to find that my best shade and formula match are the super cheap liners from LAGirl. Bare (mlbb) and Cafe are holy grail colors and as it turns out the wooden pencil-type works better to deposit color on my lips than the more soft gel versions. I like to line the outer edge of my lips (NOT overline – sticking only to the outer mm or 2 of my lip line while still being actually on my lips), throw a little more in the lower middle (I have this weird spot in my lower lip that is devoid of color), pat it out with a finger or lip rub, then apply color over. It helps rein in any lipstick/gloss while also putting color back on to the edges of my lips – which while less full than as a teen, are still plenty full now, if somewhat pale.

Wednesday Avatar

If I actually wear lipstick, then yes. I’m not a fan of ombre or big time lip over drawing, but I do find a strategically placed and baby finger tip smudged liner can go a long way to create good dimension and better staying power. Primary reason I do not like a full on lipliner is the resulting liner without lipstick look as lip product wears down. Shudder.

Raven Avatar

Yeah, lip liner is pretty important for my looks. Very rarely do I wear lipstick without a liner unless it’s a very dark shade or a sheer tint. Primarily because I like outrageous shades and they tend to flatter better/last longer if I have a complimenting lip liner. Or a contrasting one if I’m doing a more avant-garde lip combo for the day.

Ana Maria Avatar

No, but not because it doesn’t have it’s purpose, but because I don’t want to be bothered with the extra step.
Lip liners do create a barrier making the lip line look more polish, prevents lipstick from feathering / bleeding, provides that extra layer of color while the lipstick fades… but I don’t like to spend the extra time. I just look for lipsticks that allow precise application and don’t bleed.

Deborah S. Avatar

It is certainly not a necessity but for some looks I do use it pretty reliably. I use a lot of MAC Nightmoth in the fall and winter and is likely in the top five of my repurchases, ever. Sometimes I simply apply Nightmoth and then a gloss and call it a look. There is something about the depth of that pencil that really appeals to me. For everyday though, I don’t bother.

Christine Ghere Avatar

My cupid’s bow on my upper lip is a little crooked when I smile, so yes I like to use a liner to even that out of I’m wearing an opaque lipstick or gloss.

Helene Avatar

Actually no.
I rarely use a lipliner, I do if the lipstick bleeds, but then I use a waxy uncoloured one most of the time. I also use lipliner if going to a party, (remember those?) then I colour the whole lips and do the whole lipstick, blot, powder, lipstick thing.
For everyday I may use a liner to even out my somewhat uneven lips and then I use it after applying the lipstick.
I do have lipliners in a lot of variations of coral-pink-red-berry-purple though, so looking at them one might think I’d use liners every day and twice on Sundays 🙂

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