Lip liners can change the shape of your lips, add longevity to your colour, and change the way your lipstick looks. So does it really pay to match liner shades with your lipsticks precisely? Does a neutral tone work with any lipstick? We explore these questions and more.
Finding the Best Match
In fact, it IS quite important to match the shade of your lip liner to your lipstick. The main purpose of lip liner is to add definition to your lip look by creating distinct edges. But does the colour need to be EXACT? Not really!
If you can’t find the exact shade of lip liner to match your lipstick, don’t worry, because you still have a perfectly suitable alternative. Pick up a lip liner that's one to two shades lighter than your lipstick. Just be sure that the products belong to the same colour family—for example, rose liner with a berry lip.
If you only want to buy one lip liner, we recommend you pick a shade that's close to your natural lip colour. When you're not wearing makeup, see if your lips naturally have a rosy, peachy, mauve, or brown undertone. Try to find a neutral lip liner based on your predominant undertone.
Shop for Versatile Colours
While it's awesome to have a lip liner to match each of your lipsticks, it's definitely not essential. If you want to use an existing lip liner for a particular lip colour instead of buying a new one, just stick with neutral and versatile shades when shopping for liners.
If you frequently change up your lip colour, we recommend building a moderate lip-liner wardrobe that you can rely on to suit whatever lipstick you'll be wearing that day. Check out this list of suggested shades:
Nude works with beiges, light browns, pinks, and peaches. Try:
• Gerard Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Nude
• Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Ballet Pink
Chocolate brown works with medium-to-deep browns, maroons, and deep oranges. Try:
• Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Rum Raisin
• Gerard Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Sugar & Spice