Lip liner is one of the most underrated make-up products lying at the bottom of many a make-up bag – here’s how to maximise its uses…

A lot of people don’t use lip liner because they think it doesn’t really make a difference to their look, but I’m here to tell you that it absolutely does. Here’s how to use your lip liner six different ways to get the most out of it.

1. To tweak your lip shape

Lip liner is the easiest way to temporarily alter the shape of your lips. If you want to make your lips look more symmetrical or if you want to enhance your cupid’s bow, grab a liner and go for it.

Tip: Use a nude liner (a colour that matches your lip colour closely) for shape correction and then move on to the liner of your choice for colour.

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2. For faux volume

To make your lips look a little plumper, start with finding your perfect lip colour match. Then line your lower lip from the middle outwards, taking care to taper away towards the outer corners. Follow with the upper lip, keeping within a millimetre or two of your natural lip line.

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3. To make creamy, shiny formulas stick

When applied all over your lips, long-wearing lip liners act like primers for lipsticks. They give an opaque coat of colour, as well as giving the lipstick a matte textured surface to adhere to. When your lipstick does eventually start to wear off, it will be less noticeable because of the opaque coat you have layered underneath. Genius, right?

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4. Instead of lipstick

If you’re all about a fuss-free life, just use lip liner on its own instead of lipstick. It’s pigment-rich, long-lasting and allows for precise application – what’s not to love? If you want some shine, add a coat of lip gloss on top.

5. To prevent lipstick from bleeding or running

I never have issues with bleeding lipstick except when I wear brighter shades of red lipstick – this is due to the intensity of the pigment.

If you line your lips properly (and ever so lightly overline them), your lipstick won’t budge. I’ve learnt to just spend the extra two minutes doing it properly in return for a day of blur-free lipstick in return.

6. To ‘post’ line

It you’re not great at precise application, apply your lipstick first and then your lip liner. That way you can tidy up imperfect lipstick application with liner where needed, which makes both easier.

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