People often ask me if I use lip liner when they see me wearing lipstick, because the color lasts all day. I almost always reply no.
That’s because I use a lip brush to line my lips with lipstick instead.
Most people use lip liner to avoid feathering — which is what happens when lipstick bleeds outside of your lips’ natural contour. But it can be just as easily prevented when applying lipstick with a brush.
Using a lip brush not only allows me to draw a cleaner line with more control compared to lip liner; it also takes the guess work out of finding a liner that perfectly matches my lipstick shade. Plus, it’s cheaper to use lipstick I already have rather than buying a lip liner to suit each color.
But the best part about using a lip brush is that my lipstick stays on longer. (A very light coat of foundation is also a great primer for lipstick. Lipstick, like all makeup, sticks to primed skin better.) And I don’t have to worry about reapplying to cover up the pronounced outline that lip liner can cause.
Here’s how to line lips with lipstick:
First, swipe the flat, thicker side of a clean lip brush like Sephora’s Pro Lip Brush along the tip of your favorite lipstick. If you’re using a liquid lipstick, deposit a small amount onto the brush.
Then, trace the outline of your bottom lip followed by your top lip. Repeat step one as needed.
Lastly, color in your lips like you normally would. Just be careful when smooshing your lips together to avoid any mistakes.
Every time, I’m left with a noticeably flawless pout.