Dark Lipliner: You are Doing it Wrong

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Good morning sunshine!

Let me take you back to a 90's throw back trend that will never die (in my humble and somewhat frustrated opinion)... smearing on a coat of DARK lipliner on the edges of your lips against a much lighter shade of lipstick. I was never a fan of the look, but guess what dear hearts, darker liners are making a come back! If you are a die-hard fan of the dark lipliner look, more power to you... just don't end up looking cholafied.


*Special thanks to Miss Sugarpuss for the inspiration for this one ;)
Even with regular lipstick application, so many people skip the lipliner step. But applying liner actually makes a HUGE difference! So I would recommend not skipping it. It defines your lips natural shape and keeps lipstick from going all over the place.
If you ever plan on stepping out with a bold lip, start by lining your cupid’s bow (dip in the upper lip) and extend the line out to the corners of your smile. For the bottom, start on one end and extend the line to the other. 

  • Tip #1: Don’t use a lipliner that is darker than your lipstick color (we will get to this later)… that can get very tacky very fast if it's not the look you are aiming for. Use a color that matches your lipstick or matches your skin tone to get a natural bride look.
  • Tip #2: To make your lips look plumper/fuller, smudge out your liner so there are no harsh lines.

Now, dark lipliner can be acceptable if done correctly. The trick is all in the smudge... Observe below:

This is the right way to pull this look off
Image courtesy of @loreleicakes on IG


A gradual fade is the key to not ending up looking all cholafied. To successfully pull this off, you will need at least two tones of lipliner and the final lipstick/ lipgloss color of choice. Start off as with the steps as listed above with regular lipstick and lipliner application. Follow this up with a darker toned lipliner on the outter edges of your lips and apply it thickest at the edges. 

The mistake most people make is applying a very thin border line with the darker lipliner. Don't do this.. Just don't. Instead, place a thicker line around your border and further away from your edges... Have a gentle hand as you create the fade.  The result will be a dramatic dual tone lip color! 

Since your lips will be the the show-stoppers, I suggest having minimal makeup to compliment the entire look. When I say minimal I talking mascara and some cover up. Seriously, a strong dual toned lip can be a bit overbearing if you aren't careful.

That's all I have to say about that... What do you guys think? Any dark lipliner ladies in the house! Get at me :D

Enjoy the rest of your day! x
SugarPuss said...

AHAHAHAAHAAA...cholafied!! i haven't laughed like that in a while. Too funny!
I know ladies who still do he dark liner pink lipstick routine, or one technique i really hate is when they apply lipstick on the bottom lip only, only...
On my way to buy coloured liners to try the dual colour combi *shivers* and send you pics.

Alice said...

If you hate lipliner (like me), covering your lips with concealer and applying lipstick can help you keep the color lasting a while and looking very bright. To make the lines extra crisp, I use a flat, stiff brush and more concealer to clean up any smudges. Volia!

Alice
Alice in Nappyland

Anonymous said...

I love that look and I always will

Anonymous said...

i would never be caught dead wearing that look no matter how good it can be worn.

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