Saturday, March 12, 2011

Makeup Lesson: Lip Liner

Lip liner defines the lips, corrects minor imperfections in lip shape and helps hold lipstick in place.  Lip liner can be placed slightly outside the natural lip line to make the lips appear a little larger or slightly inside the natural lip line to make them appear a little smaller. It is important to vary the line inside or outside the natural lip line only slightly because a large variation will look unnatural.  Choose a lip pencil color that is close to the natural color of your lips.  I like Prestige pencils.  They work well and have a selection of colors. You can find them in your local drug store. 
Here is an easy way to get a nice, even lip line with your lip pencil. Connect to dots!

Start by making dots with your lip pencil at the points of the cupid's bow.  Then, draw a short line on the middle section of the lower lip.  Draw dots near the outside corners of the upper and lower lips

Connect the dots on the cupid's bow forming a V.

Now, you can connect the cupid's bow V to the to the dots near the corners of the upper lip. Then, connect the line on the middle of the lower lip to the dots on near the corners of the lower lip.

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