Lip liner can be done. It can look natural and serve its purpose, that is, to give lipstick or gloss a bit more oomph and staying power. However there's always a fine line (literally!) between looking pulled together and looking like Dame Edna.
Here's an example of lipliner trying to look natural, but not quite hitting the mark. Then again, Aguilera wasn't exactly going for that 'au natural' look to begin with...
The easiest and most fool-proof way to use lipliner is to follow these guidelines:
- find a brand that goes on smooth and creamy, not waxy.
- no matter what colour of gloss or lipstick you plan on wearing, use a nude colour of lip liner.
- never match the liner to the lipstick. Oh mah gawd! It'll leave you with a ring around your mouth. This applies to red lips too, even more so, because when the lipstick fades the liner tends to stay put, creating that "Laquisha Bonifa" (madTV character) look.
- To find the right shade of 'nude', draw tester lines on the back of your hand, and try to match as closely as possible to your natural lip colour. Don't worry if the colour ends up being more purply or pink than you'd think your natural lip colour would be, just steer clear of muddy or too white/bright nudes.
- before applying lip liner make sure lips are moisterized with a good lip balm. Avoid greasy products like Vaseline (although great for an overnight moisterizing treatment) because the colour will just slide off. Using a waxier product, like Bert's Bee Wax lip balm or Chapstick, is perfect for pre-makeup application.
- line right on top of where your natural lip line is. Resist the urge to over-draw your lips, this technique should really only be used for the theatre. No matter how subtle or blended you think the line is, it never is.
- apply gloss or lipstick with a makeup brush or your finger overtop of a lipbalm & lip liner prepped lip.
- neaten up the outside of your mouth with a Q-tip dipped in some concealer. Blend really well!
Obvious tip # 43, Don't get lip liner tattooed:
I'm thinking this is what the $150,000 went towards?