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!
Adds a subtle extra to your nude pout. This moisturising, creamy liner gives a sassy touch to your everyday look.
This long-wearing, colour-locking lipliner is a handbag essential.
Envelopes lips in a deep, velvety colour. The rich pigment means that this can be used without a lipstick if necessary. Takes two seconds to apply before legging it to catch your train in the morning!
This liner is 100% worth a cheeky trip to Boots in your lunch break. Full colour, full definition and only £3.99. It's the full package!
Contains the precious mineral Tourmaline which is sourced from metamorphic rich and known for energising. A bold, bright look plus extra energy in the morning? Yes please!
Super simple to use, glides across lips in order to produce a neat, clean finish. Plus this plum shade is gorgeous and compliments darker lipstick shades perfectly.
This hazelnut shade will go perfectly with your fave christmas jumper. Thanks to the no-slip rubber grip using this product is effortless.
Vitamin e, jojoba oil and cottonseed oil nourish the lips every time this is applied. But the best thing is it is designed for long-lasting, waterproof there. Great for an all-nighter!
This petite pencil fits perfectly into your handbag. Shea butter moisturises your lips and the pencil can be applied modestly or heavily for light to full coverage.
This feather light lip liner enhances the lips with just one stroke. PLUS tiny built in sharpeners self-sharpen every time you twist the cap. All the work is done for you. Genius.