Make A Lippie More Wearable.

Have you ever received a lipstick that you felt didn’t really suit you? Or have you every bought a shade compulsively because it looked cute on counter but then realized when you got home that it didn’t quite match your skin tone?

Every time this used to happen to me, I used to give my lippies away but then I realized that all I had to do was  tweak the color a bit to suit my skin tone more. I use lip liners to do this. It’s much cheaper than buying a whole new lipstick and I can also get use them more often.

Lip liners are often overlooked in our kits. A lot of us tend to forgo buying them because they don’t really seem that useful. These pencils are used to define our lips. They make the lipstick last longer and make the color pop. I also use them to play and change the color of my lippies depending on my mood.

You can deepen, lighten, and brighten your lipstick using your lip liner. To do this, you need to apply your lipstick the other way round:  apply your lipstick first and then work in the lip pencil so you can see how the color changes.  However, if you are trying to lighten a dark lipstick, apply the liner first all over the lip and then work your lipstick in to blend with the liner (use a brush or your fingers).

I bought this lip color because I wanted something coral but every time I would look in the mirror, I couldn't focus on anything else but my lips.  The color washed out the rest of my features.
I bought this lip color because I wanted something coral but every time I would look in the mirror, I couldn’t focus on anything else but my lips. The color washed out the rest of my features.
I muted the lip with a nude lip liner.  I used MAC Cremestick Liner in Sublime Culture.
I muted the lip with a nude lip liner. I used MAC Cremestick Liner in Sublime Culture.
This is how it turned out.  Definitely more wearable for me.
This is how it turned out. Definitely more wearable for me.
Here's another example.  I absolutely love this color!  I bought it because a friend said it looked good on me but when I saw a picture of me at an event with this lippie on, it didn't at all look flattering.
Here’s another example. I absolutely love this color! I bought it because a friend said it looked good on me but when I saw a picture of me at an event with this lippie on, it didn’t at all look flattering.
I worked a medium pink lip liner on top of it to lessen the violet color.
I worked a medium pink lip liner on top of it to lessen the violet color.
This was the result.  Still purple but more pink.  Plus if you notice, the finish is more matte as well.
This was the result. Still purple but more pink. Plus if you notice, the finish is more matte as well.

The best thing about this trick is all you really need is a staple of 3 liners:

A nude liner, a medium peach or pink liner, and a dark one.  Just make sure that all the shades suit your skin tone well.
A nude liner, a medium peach or pink liner, and a dark one. Just make sure that all the shades suit your skin tone well.

Next time you end up with a lipstick that looks a bit off on you, you can personalize the color to make it more wearable!