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Lip Liner Tips For The Perfect Pout

While you may not use a lip liner, it can be a game-changer in achieving a polished and youthful look. Here we look at why it's increasingly important as we mature, and share our tips on finding the perfect shade and applying your liner like a pro.

Lip liner

As we age, our lips naturally lose volume and definition. Fine lines and wrinkles may start to appear around the mouth, causing lipstick to bleed or feather. This is where lip liner comes to the rescue. With the right technique and colour choice, you can create a barrier to prevent lipstick smudging, accentuate the lip shape and correct asymmetry by balancing out uneven contours.


Finding the Right Colour


Match Your Lipstick: If you prefer a classic, monochromatic look, opt for a liner shade that closely matches your lipstick. This will create a seamless transition between the two and enhance the longevity of your lipstick.


Go Nude: For a subtle, natural look, consider using a nude liner that defines the lips without overpowering your overall makeup look, making them perfect for everyday wear.


Contrast Effect: On the other hand, using a lip liner that contrasts with your lipstick can create a more dramatic and defined look. Darker liners can add depth and dimension, while lighter shades can create the illusion of fuller lips.

Tropic lip liner

We Love Tropic Line Up Lip Liner: Create fuller, more defined lips with these highly pigmented pencils. Each liner glides onto the skin for a precise finish, and they are made from naturally derived ingredients, including conditioning coconut oil, vitamin E and antioxidant-rich vitamin C. Draw around the outline of your lips using the tip of the pencil, or if you want to make lips look fuller, take the line slightly over your natural lip line. You can also colour the whole of your lips before applying your lipstick for a richer tone. Add a Lip Glaze on top for a softer, shinier look and remember, the sharper your pencil, the more defined your lip line will be. Comfortable to wear and available in seven shades, shop here.


How to Apply Your Liner


Start With Moisturised Lips: Before applying liner, make sure your lips are hydrated and smooth. Exfoliate any dry or flaky skin and apply a moisturising lip balm for a smooth canvas.


Outline Your Lips: Begin by outlining your lips with short, light strokes, following the natural shape of your lips. Pay extra attention to defining the Cupid's bow and the corners of your mouth for precise definition. For fuller-looking lips, slightly overline the lips by drawing the lip liner just outside your natural lip line to create the illusion of fullness.


Fill In the Lips: Once you've outlined your lips, lightly fill in the entire lip area with the lip liner. This will create a base for your lipstick, ensuring long-lasting colour and preventing feathering.


Blend and Layer: To achieve a natural look, gently blend the liner into your lips using a lip brush or your fingertip to soften any harsh lines.


Finish with Lipstick: Complete your look by applying your lipstick or gloss. Use a brush for precise application and blot with a tissue for a matte finish. You can also dab a small amount of highlighter or light-coloured eyeshadow on the centre of your lips and blend gently. This will catch the light and create the illusion of plumper lips.

Tropic lipstick

We Love Tropic Kiss Me Quick Lipstick: Promising hours of wear in shades to suit every skin tone, this vegan, 100% natural lipstick offers long-lasting colour and a deliciously creamy texture. Available in 16 wearable shades, the hydrating formula is available in a matte, sheer or satin finish for smudge-proof wear.

To apply, work from the centre of your lip outwards or use he Small Detailing Brush or Lip Brush for a more precise application. Use Line Up Lip Pencil first to help keep your colour neat and tidy. For more durable results, blot your lipstick with a tissue and then reapply. For an extra sheen, dab a layer of Lip Fudge or your favourite Lip Glaze on top. Shop here.


Other Simple Steps To Make Lips Look Fuller


Exfoliate Regularly: Regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and improve blood circulation, resulting in smoother, plumper lips. Use a gentle lip scrub or make your own using a mixture of sugar and honey to exfoliate your lips 2-3 times a week.


Hydrate and Moisturise: Keep your lips hydrated to maintain their natural fullness and prevent dryness and flakiness. Apply a nourishing lip balm or treatment containing hydrating ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, or hyaluronic acid throughout the day and before bed.


Avoid Dark Shades: Dark lipstick shades can make the lips appear smaller and more recessed, especially as we age. Instead chose lighter, brighter shades, such as nude, pink or coral.


Use a Brush for Precision: A lip brush allows for more precise application and helps to define the edges of the lips, making them appear fuller. Start by outlining the lips with the lip brush and then fill in the rest of the lips for a flawless finish.

Tropic lip fudge

We Love Tropic Lip Fudge: A creamy balm to repair cracks and flakiness while sealing in moisture. It contains 26 skin-conditioning plant extracts, naturally plumping omegas 6 and 9, and a creamy cocktail of botanical waxes for a high-shine finish. You can’t overuse this product so apply it as much as you like. Use it pre-makeup application, throughout the day if you feel any dryness, and before bed so your lips feel just as cushiony soft when you wake up. Available in three options – Clear, Rosewood and Pink Guava. Shop here.




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