Lip liners, love'em or hate'em.
I've never been a huge fan as alongside eyebrows (help is here), lip liner can be another grande faux-pas. But sometimes, a little liner is necessary. The important thing to remember with liner is to be aware of the need to touch up, a ring around your mouth looking like you just ate a fudgesicle is never a pretty sight.
Top left: Clinique quickliner for lips in Cocoa Rose - a smooth, creamy application with rich pigment, great for pairing with sophisticated creamy lipsticks
Top Right: Bourjois Levres Contour in Enjoleuse - subtle application, great choice if looking for just a hint of liner
Bottom left: Estee Lauder DoubleWear Stay in Place Lip Pencil in Tearose - glides on with a strong reflective colour, fill-in entire lip then top with a clear lipbalm
Bottom right: Dr. Hauschka Lipliner in 3 - a light waxy texture, pair with long-wearing lipsticks
When applying your liner anchor your pinkie to your chin and work the liner upwards as if tracing a slight smile.
If you find the liner looks too harsh soften edges with a Q-Tip or apply liner after your lipstick.
Applying liner after your lipstick will have your liner fade off with your lipstick.
If you're not a fan then why use lip liner? Liner defines a fading lip, adds drama to a Femme Fatale colour and can prevent lipstick from bleeding. Not convinced? You can never go wrong with au naturale and a smokey eye.
* A one-stop shop liner for all lipstick colours from nude to bold? Try Cargo Cosmetics Reverse Lip Liner.