Before Kylie Jenner came along and helped make overlining and lip contouring popular, lip liner was often thought of as a dated product that was best left in the 90s, along with brown lipstick and overplucked eyebrows. Oh, how things have changed. Though we hope skinny brows never return, lip liner has reclaimed its rightful place in our cosmetic bag.
Thankfully, today’s lip liner looks have come a long way since the 90s. You can apply lip pencil the traditional way by expertly lining the perimeter of the mouth for a flawless pout and to prevent lipstick migration. You can also apply the liner slightly outside the natural lip line to give lips a full, plump look. Liner can even be used to create next-level looks like an ombre lip or a runway-inspired blurred lipstick finish. Of course, those craving the ultimate throwback can use the lip pencil to contrast with their lipstick color.
Ready to rethink lip liner? Grab a lip pencil and scroll through the gallery above to see the many different ways lip liner can be used to elevate a makeup look.