Lip Liner Lessons, Loves and Loaths

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Some may say lip liner came back into the forefront of beauty because of a certain Kardashian relation. I can’t even utter her name and ‘lip liner’ in the same sentence because I’ve had enough of the comparisons and endless tutorials on how to achieve ‘her’ look. Let’s, instead, discuss how to make the scariest of the liners our look!

I have to admit, until fairly recently I’ve always considered lip liner as a product our mothers and maybe even grandmothers dabbled in during their younger years and associated the modern day wearer as someone who couldn’t let go of the 80s.

How silly and uneducated I am. As my love and bravery with a bold lip has grown, so has the necessity to bring lip liners into my make up collection. They really are so useful, be it to help prevent colour bleeding from your lips, to make your lipstick longer lasting or mattify a sheen finish product. My top tip is to start by drawing a cross on your cupid’s bow – it’s a good starting place to define the shape and means you have something to work with when making the rest symmetrical.

Here, I’ve tried out three liners with different finish lip products to show you the difference they can make! Each group show how the lips look lined, filled and then with another product on top.

The Liner: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in the shade ‘Pillow Talk’ – here
The Lipstick: Model Co Party Proof Lipstick in the shade ‘Kitty’ – here

The Liner: Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in the shade ‘Spice’ – here

The Lipstick: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade ‘Nude-ist’ – here

The Liner: Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in the shade ‘Black Tulip’ – here 

The Lipstick: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in the shade ‘084 Amethyst Shimmer’ – here

At £16, the Charlotte Tilbury offering is the cult buy and seems to be on every blogger’s wish list, whereas the relatively unspoken of Rimmel counterparts are an absolute steal at just £2.99 apiece! For me, what it comes down to here is the feel of the product on my lips because, if I’m honest, the lasting power of these liners are very similar.

The Rimmel lip liners are chalkier than the Lip Cheat, which is creamy in consistency in comparison. I think those with dry lips would struggle slightly with the Rimmel offerings but could most definitely make the Charlotte Tilbury work. If you aren’t one of those lip balm freaks who applies it every five minutes (me), save yourself £13 and pop down to Boots!

I attempted to find other drugstore lip liner offerings so I didn’t have to use two from Rimmel in this post, but really struggled to find any! Perhaps this is where the high end market is excelling, with Mac certainly becoming a favourite of many beauty fanatics (the shade ‘Cherry’, anyone?)

What is your opinion on lip liners? Can you recommend any drugstore offerings?



  1. Bubblybex3
    January 15, 2015 / 10:12 am

    Interesting post :)I have dry lips so struggle getting a nice liner. I do prefer to colour my whole lips rather than just a defined line. Less chance of looking random if you use a lighter lippie. I haven't mastered the ombré effect. Lol. Have you ever tried Kiko cosmetics? They have nice liners that feel creamy :)Bex x

    • Kirstie Pickering
      January 16, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks Bex! I LOVE Kiko, will definitely try them out for liners! 🙂 x

    • Rosy Flynn
      January 16, 2015 / 7:25 pm

      I loved this post, the lip liner debate was the same for me I always thought it was for grannies too but I bought one from rimmel and one from bourjois (I prefer the bourjois one) and I loved them Rosy

  2. Kirstie Pickering
    January 18, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Ooh I haven't tried the Bourjois ones, I'll keep an eye out for them! x

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