Everything you need to know about lip liner

We’re here to sing the praises of lip liner — because it really is necessary. Annnnd HD Brows have just launched a new line of lip liners (see what we did there!) called Lip Defines.

Over the past several years it seems the notion that lip liner is outdated is well…outdated. In case you’ve been avoiding this little wonder for your lips, let us fill you in on what you’ve been missing. Because lip liner can do magical things.

Lip liner adds definition to the lips

Who doesn’t want full, defined lips? Lip liner is the ticket to the perfect cupid’s bow. We find that pairing your lip pencil with a lighter, highlight pencil will keep the lip line clean and can create lift and definition to the lip. (This trick works wonders on thin upper lips.)

Apply the lighter pencil in bow of the lip, right above your lip liner shade to lift and highlight that area. And when gravity takes a toll we start to see the corner of our lips turn down, use the lighter pencil or concealer to highlight those corners creating a lifted and sculpted look. Try HD Brows Highlighter and Lip Defines.  

Lip liner prolongs the wear of any lip colour.

Applying lip liner before your lipstick or lip gloss helps prevent the colour from bleeding or feathering–making it a dream for dark lipstick lovers. We suggest using lip liner as a base. Simply lining and filling in your lips with a pencil will give your lip colour something to adhere to, thus increasing its staying power. If all that lip liner seems a little daunting, start with a clear lip pencil. Clear pencils do the same job as all the other shades.  

Even the lipstick averse can appreciate lip liner.

Lip liner is not just for the red lip loving set. Even if you’re not a big lip wearer, you can still benefit from lip liner. Pick a nude shade that is close to your natural lip colour and lightly trace the natural lip line to define the shape. Buff out the edges into the centre of the lip with a brush and layer with a clear gloss. We love HD Brows Lip Defines in Nude. It’s the no muss no fuss solution to a pretty pout.  

The right application makes a big difference.

For a smooth gliding application and a fluid line, we recommend prepping lips with a light lip balm before applying lip liner. Part your lips slightly (this will keep your lips closest to their natural shape) and apply the liner using light, short strokes. Always follow your natural lip shape–overdrawn lips are not a good look. If you start to draw the pencil across your lips and it tugs the skin, then the pencil is too hard. Try sharpening the pencil and warming the point between your thumb and index finger to soften it.  

Have we converted you into a lip liner lover? Tell us.