Best Lip Liners: Our Top 10

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From Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s bee-stung lips, to Kylie Jenner’s cosmetically enhanced pout, big lips are a thing, and they’re not going anywhere fast. We are all partial to a great lipstick here at LOOK towers (especially on the beauty desk), but there’s more to a great lip colour than just sweeping it on as you run out the front door. Want to make your lips look bigger? And make that colour last all day? Well, beauty fans, you only need one thing – a trusty lip liner.

It goes like this: you don’t need a lip liner for lipstick to work, but it’s like washing your face and skipping the moisturiser – your dry skin won’t be at its best quality. A lip liner may seem like an unnecessary extra, but it makes your lipstick work 10x harder. So yes, this might mean tracking down a liner to match each lipstick in your collection, but with our top picks starting at £3.99, you’ve got no excuse not to.

So, how do you use them? Trace the liner along your natural lip line, moving in short, sharp strokes. Once you’ve encircled your pout, apply the corresponding lipstick, making sure not to apply outside of the lines. The liner should disappear, but you may want to do some blending of the two using a lip brush. Lip liners aren’t all the same; some are pencils, others have a creamier texture, and a few in our top 10 are retractable – no need for sharpening!

Lip liner works wonders with all shades, but it’s particularly beneficial with bright or darker colours. We’ve picked out the best lip liner for red lips – Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow, £20 has a velvety texture, and the Metamorphoses shade is the perfect match for any bright red lip. For darker, daring reds, try NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red, £20.

So, what are you waiting for? Browse our top picks and find your perfect match!


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Annie Quinton