I was in high school and college in the '90s when lip liner was a must. Lip liner around the outisde and a lighter gloss to fill it in. (Why I thought that looked good I will never know!) Once I grew out of that phase, I banished lip liner from my makeup bag. Years later, now that I'm a little older wiser, I realize that lip liner is a pretty magical tool.
Lip liner is the best way I have found to maximize the color of my lipstick. Filling in your lips with liner that matches a lipstick is typical, but using a liner that DOESN'T match can give you a whole new color of lipstick.
Here are three different colors of lip liner on my hand. I chose these three, all from MAC Cosmetics, to go under MAC Red lipstick.
Each of these liners will create a different look with just one lipstick. Most colors tend to turn pink on my lips, especially if I use a lipstick without liner. So in order to get a true red, I HAVE to use a lip liner.
Here are the three liners with MAC Red on top. (The bottom is the lipstick by itself.)
Half-Red creates a mauve red, Brick makes the deepest red of the three, and Cherry produces the truest red. Since I wanted to stay true to the red of the lipstick, I chose the Cherry lipliner for my lips.
Pretty authentic red, right? Don't be afraid of a little liner. Instead, use it to your advantage! Does this change your mind about lip liner or is it still on your naughty list?