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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Rhea W. Avatar

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.

Jillian Blair Avatar

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

GUSnail Avatar

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.

Elin Avatar

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!

Ashley H. Avatar

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.

Lee Avatar

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’.

Jennifer Avatar

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.

Lotus Avatar

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..

Diane Avatar

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.

Mimi Avatar

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.

Jessi Avatar

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.

CKG Avatar

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

Sophia B. Avatar

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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