The lip liner dials up the comfort factor for its resurgence with creamy, semi-matte to matte formulas that go on smoothly without hurting skin, and stay put until you decide to clean them off. Available in a multitude of shades, including green and black (yes, you read that right), they let you pucker up and experiment with just about any colour you can possibly think of. Another bonus? The new formulas glide on readily, even over parched lips. You can thank us later.
Sephora Collection Contour & Color Liner and Lipstick Duo ($22)
Free up space in your makeup pouch with this neat liner and lipstick combo. It has a comfortable, creamy texture and gives a matte finish. In eight shades.
Tip: Fill the entire lip
Instead of just outlining your lips, fill in the entire lip surface with liner to help your lipstick last – and avoid ending up with a ringed pout after meals.
Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner ($28)
Kiss-proof and cup-proof (read: no marks on either your man or your drinking glass), this glides on smoothly and gives a rich, long-lasting colour, yet is easily removed with micellar water. In 30 shades.
Nars Precision Lip Liner ($36)
Don’t be alarmed by the sharp-looking pencil tip – it doesn’t hurt at all. Instead, it delivers smooth and even colour distribution, leaving a budge-proof, matte finish. In 26 shades.
Tip: Touch up with a lip liner
If you’re carrying this season’s mini handbags, swap your matte lipstick for a skinny lip liner that’s pigmented enough to create a solid-coloured pout.
Lancome Le Lip Liner ($32)
A comfortable matte formula that is water-resistant and long-lasting. That means it may take a bit more effort to remove, but it also has jojoba oil and vitamins C and E to help your lips stay smooth and supple. In six shades.
This story first appeared in the September 2017 issue of Her World magazine.