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How to Apply Lip Liner

This magical stick helps define your luscious lips, and keeps your luscious lipstick from straying beyond your lip line.


  • Step 1: Choose lip liner Choose a lip liner that is the same tone, or lighter, than your lipstick. A darker liner will draw too much attention to the contrast.
  • Step 2: Sharpen pencil Sharpen the lip liner pencil before using it to remove any dirt or bacteria that has built up since its last use.
  • TIP: If you want a little extra moisture on your lips, apply a little balm, then blot with a tissue.
  • Step 3: Draw upper lip Draw a thin line along your upper lip line, angling the pencil for a soft application. Do this with delicate strokes, starting from the outer corners of your lips and moving to the center.
  • Step 4: Repeat on bottom lip Repeat this on the bottom lip line.
  • TIP: If you want to go for a vintage '30s look, tuck your upper lip under your teeth so you can see the V-shape in the center. Line this bow and the middle of the bottom to lip for balance. Draw light lines to the outer corners on the top and bottom.
  • Step 5: Shade in lips Lightly shade in the rest of your lips with the pencil.
  • Step 6: Apply lipstick Apply your lipstick, blot with a tissue, and—if you want—dab on a little gloss for a finishing touch.
  • FACT: Lip marks are like fingerprints—no two are alike.

You Will Need

  • A lip liner
  • A sharpener for the liner
  • Lipstick
  • And some tissues
  • Some lip balm (optional)
  • And some lip gloss (optional)

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