If you could only have one lip liner in your stash, what would it be?

If you could only have one lip liner in your stash, what would it be? Share!

I will totally cheat and say universal or clear lip liner!

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I am currently loving the NYX Lip liners! If I had to pick one, I’d say shade Natural or Peekaboo Neutral – these are the perfect neutrals for me and I can use them with everything!

Well, seeing as I only have one lipliner and it was an accidental purchase (totally thought I was buying a burgundy eyeliner), I would love to have a mlbb shade to go with everything.

Clear! That is the only one I use. The other one I own is red, and I almost never wear red… But I do agree that clear is the way to go!

Medium blue red waterproof lip liner. (Think Mrs. Mia Wallace) I either go red/wine/magenta or go home pretty much. No pinks or nudes to speak of in my lipstick stash.

Hehe, me too! The Dior one is actually really good, and the lip brush on the other end of it is awesome. Not sure I’d repurchase it given the price (and my suspicion that other, more cost-effective clear lipliners are probably just as good) but I have to give credit where credit is due! 😀

It’d be an MLBB one. For the moment I’m quite happy with L’Oreal Contour Parfait in Barely Brown but I will order N°7 Nude soon, as Lisa Eldridge (who helped design it) constantly raves about it.

Lipstick Queen Invisible Liner. I think it is brilliant! Works with all of my lip colours and last ages on me! I wouldn’t recommend any other lip liner.

Mine would definitely be the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipliner inExhilarated. Its such a beautiful natural pink colour, the liner is soft so can easily be blended all over the lips for a base and lasts a long time on the lips. It extends the wear of any lipstick I put on over it and looks wonderful under a natural toned gloss. Absolute must have

Either Lise Watier Virtual Lipliner (it’s invisible) or MAC Dervish (when it comes to a coloured lip liner, Dervish is all I own and it’s all I need)

MAC Whirl. I could wear it with just lip balm or under any lipstick, since it works like a nude on me. It’s perfect to softly define my lips, and warm up my color just enough so I don’t look sick.

That’s so difficult! I think Whirl (from MAC) would be my choice (at least at the moment), I love using it to overdraw my lips! But then again, I can’t wear a red lippie with out my Cherry lipliner (also MAC). So I think cheating with a clear lipliner is the way to go!

MAC Nightmoth, followed closely by Chestnut also by MAC. These colors make all my lipsticks more wearable on my pigmented lips. I love these and use one of them on most days.

This is a tough one! It’ll have to be between MAC Nightmoth, Currant and Magenta. I’m always using them to alter a lippie or add depth. I suppose I’ll pick Magenta since I use it the most lol

Yeah, I’m all for the clear lip liner too. I outline the outside of my lips and it keeps my lipstick from “bleeding” into my lip lines, I can’t wear lipstick without it. I’ve never noticed a huge difference in brands tho’.

I only have one lip liner and it is orange. This is not quite as crazy as it sounds. I rarely have problems with colors feathering – I’m far more likely to just smear it all over my face – so I don’t really need liner most of the time. However I do have very pigmented blue-pink toned lips. I use orange lip liner all over underneath corals to keep them from morphing into pink.

While clear is a smart choice, when I think of lip liner, I think multi-tasker because mine was for quite a while when I was younger, in between sharpening I’d use it for my eyes as well as to stain lips a bit before a long lasting sticky clear gloss.. So, if this includes other makeup, I’d choose a medium/deep plum like Empress from Hourglass or something from BITE, or continue the DCd le lipstique by Lancôme in a medium plum lilac gray color called plum because it’s SO natural for shadow and doesn’t budge. I wasn’t expecting to feel perplexed by this question.. Everything in makeup has changed, continues changing, and will change, so formulations and needs don’t necessarily cover all grounds, so using a liner becomes a question of necessity for me..

This is difficult. There are really two that I can’t seem to be without. Mac Chestnut and Mac Stone. They both go with all the lippies & glosses I use.

Sisley’s fat crayon with the black and white stripes. I got the raspberry/berry color, don’t remember the name but it’s a wonderful cool “my lips but better” color. Creamy and non-drying but still stays in place and blends with my lipstick so I don’t have some crayon line around my mouth. It’s expensive but it’s worth it as it performs and lasts like you want it to.

I went for years with only 1 lipliner – MAC Nightmoth – so that one’s easy to choose. Perfect liner for every kind of red and vampy lip, which are the colors you really need a good liner for in the first place.

Urban Decay Gash. I have been wearing it for years. I bought a ton of backups when it was discontinued and on sale on their website. It is the perfect red for me.

I don’t use it much but I still like having it just in case I have a lipstick that needs it to work: Rimmel London’s Tiramisu
If I used them more I might try Tilbury’s Iconic Nude, that looks nice

I own lipstick queen invisible lip liner which is great for staying power, but I find that I often need a lipliner to even out the color when I am wearing dark, vampy, berry lips. Right now I am switching between a purple leaning one from rimmel, and a cabernet leaning one from jordana. I find that dark lipsticks tend to be patchier than reds and pinks.

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