- Define: Gone are the days of ring-around-the-lips, but to create definition around the lips or to make your pout appear larger, apply a soft and subtle application of a flesh-colored liner just outside the lip line. Just be sure to blend harsh lines as needed for the most natural appearance.
- Feather-free: Does your lipstick bleed or feather? Simply keep your lip products locked in with an application of flesh-toned liner. Consider it lipstick insurance.
- Take it down: If your lipstick or gloss is a bit too bold for your liking, use a nude liner to take the color down a few notches. Again, just be sure to blend as needed. Bonus? You'll get longer wear out of your lip products with the nude-colored base.
- Eraser: If you've gotten a little overzealous with your lipstick application or you want to clean up a few smudges of dark, red, or bright lipstick, simply use your flesh-toned liner as an eraser. It's as easy as that.
- Multitasking: Just because a product says it's an eyeliner doesn't mean you can't also use it strategically on the lips. Just be aware of transferring germs between your mouth to your peepers. Tip: clean your sharpener with alcohol and then sharpen the pencil before using to play it safe.
- What to look for: Kevyn Aucoin's The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil ($24) comes in several shades, from light to dark, and Cargo's Reverse Lip Liner ($14) is also a decent option. Most cosmetic brands have liners and pencils in a variety of neutral tones, so look for shades like toffee, chocolate, brown, mocha, peach, caramel, taupe, muted pink, and pinky-brown to match your own coloring.
Are you puzzled by flesh-toned liners? Does the idea conjure images of the mod 1960s? Fret no more. There are many ways to use skin-colored liners and pencils to cover, brighten, and create longevity in your makeup — and you don't have to look like you just stepped off the groovy set of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Let's start with using these natural-toned liners on the lips. Get a few suggestions on how to make it work when you read more.