I went through many years of only wearing more opaque lipstick formulas like Chanel Rouge Coco and only wearing very pigmented lip glosses or wearing gloss over a lipstick. I didn’t care for sheer lip products at all. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the look of sheer lip products, it was that I didn’t care for the look of them on ME. I have quite uneven pigmentation on my lips with a strong mauve tone. Given that most of the discolouration is present on the top of my lip line I believe it is likely caused by sun damage. Whenever I tried to wear a sheer lip gloss or lipstick all I could see was how uneven and unattractive my lips looked and found it detracted from the lip colour and altered the shade too much.
Amazingly enough, even though I wore so many more pigmented lip products, I always skipped lip liners. I just found it another unnecessary, extra step and cost. I always chose lip products with exceptional formulas that didn’t give me any trouble with migration and I was confident applying them without the aid of an outline from liner. Even with reds. I don’t remember how I first came to try a natural lip liner shade with a sheer lip product but I have not looked back. I don’t know why I didn’t start earlier, and maybe you are all out there saying “DUH really Christa? Everybody does this” but I thought I would share anyways just in case there are more of you out there that aren’t comfortable with sheer lip colours like I was and would find this tip valuable.
Just by lightly tracing over the discoloured areas on my lips with a colour close to my natural lip colour I can wear sheer glosses and lipsticks without my uneven canvas detracting from the beauty of the sheer colour or altering it’s shade. I even have a spot on my upper lip that appears to be a small broken blood vessel that I dot some lip liner on to camouflage. (For some reason it’s not evident in these photos. The discolouration is actually toned down quite a bit from the lighting). Sometimes I opt to use a concealer pencil instead to mask the discolouration but it has the effect of considerably nuding out my lips.
Another great reason to wear lip liner is to increase the longevity of your lipstick. Simply apply a light layer over your entire lip area and it will help extend the wear of the lipstick or lipgloss applied on top.
Do you wear lip liner?