How to Use Lip Liner, Everyone's Favorite '90s Beauty Staple

People of a certain age will remember the craze that was MAC Spice lip liner. Vivid images of Victoria Beckham (back when she was still known to everyone as “Posh”) and J.Lo (in peak “Waiting for Tonight” glory) come to mind. Alas, like the frosted gloss we wore before it, we moved on from lip liner.

Until recently that is, when we noticed that many of our favorite makeup artists were breaking out their pencils again. And you know, they’re actually very versatile (and flattering) when used correctly.

3 Ways to Wear Lip Liner

1. Lip liner as a base:

Line and fill in lips completely before layering on lipstick so that you get longer lasting wear. Or, skip lipstick altogether and top off your liner with a slick of gloss instead.

2. Lip liner to clean up the edges:

Accidentally go outside the lines with your lipstick? A few dashes of liner can neaten things up without having to start from scratch.

3. Lip liner for precise touch-ups:

You know that annoying center part of your lips that always wears off first? Grab the liner to color on a protective layer in just that spot without disrupting the rest.

To try: NYX ($3); Buxom ($18); Thrive Causemetics ($20)

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...