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Is Lip Liner Worth A Step In Your Makeup Routine?

We investigate.
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I'll be honest. I've been experimetning with makeup since I was three (I have photographic evidence of this, I kid you not!), but you can only count in one hand the number of times I've used a lip liner. I know of its benefits, but I guess I was just too lazy to take them out of my makeup kit.

I am a fan of liquid lipsticks, so I never had a problem of retouching or the color bleeding. But lately, I've been using satin and creamy lippies, which sometimes fade after eating a grilled cheese sandwich. Lip liners are known for making a painted pout last, so it may be time to give them a chance. Also, let me just mention that it took watching Heart Evangelista makeup videos and writing a gazillion times about her beauty routines to convince myself that I MAY NEED one. 

These were my findings:

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  1. There are lip liners that can serve as MLBBs themselves.

    This OG, forever bestseller has been my fave. Its warm peach shade serves as a great base for nude lipsticks.

    MAC Lip Liner in Subculture, P1,100, Glorietta 

  2. You don't really need to care about matching it to your lipstick.

    You don't actually need to find the exact lip liner match to your lipstick if you're using a colorless one!

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    Make Up Factory Color Perfection Lip Liner in Forever Invisible, P895, SM Beauty

  3. A lip liner brings out your lipstick's bright pigments.

    I find my mouth too small for my plump cheeks, so I now make it a point to carefully overdraw my pout's outline, especially when I use a bright lipstick. I also discovered that using a neon lip liner makes my colored pout stand out even more!

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    Tom Ford Lip Sculptor in Charge, Adora

  4. Lip liners are great if you hate retouching your lipstick.

    I always make sure I wear one, especially when I'm eating a greasy cheeseburger. I swear by its long-wearing capabilities.

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    Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita, P1,079, Sephora

TL;DR: You might want to give lip liners a try because they are just so worth it!

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