GIRL. In the ’90s, the lip liner situation wasn’t cute.
I wore lip liner just about every other day from approximately 1993 to 1999, and I spent between 10-60 minutes on each of those days tugging liner across my lips.
That works out to between 182.5 and 1,095 total hours of my life, because skipping liner was NOT AN OPTION. There was an unwritten rule among our crew that if you wore lipstick, you also had to do the liner. Don’t know why, but this was regarded as the truth.
Now, due to modern advancements in makeup technology (ooh!), we have ultra smooth liners now, like the NARS Precision Lip Liners, which can line and fill in lips with absolutely no tugging.
These are cool. They’re new to NARS and available now for $24 each in 26 shades.
All kinds of colors, from nudes to brights to some crazy shades, like this deep, dark black shade called Nasty Girl, which I would’ve LIVED for in 1994, because that’s when I was lining and filling in my lips with black eyeliner (!).
The thing about this pencil? It glides, slips and slides along the skin, so when you trace your lips with it, it doesn’t tug or skip.
There are other liners out there that move as easily as this. I like to call them “melty” lip liners. Urban Decay’s Glide-On pencils are similar, as are the MAC Pro-Longwear Lip Pencils, but I’ve noticed a tipping point when it comes to applying those. After a certain amount gets on my lips, they starts to look thick and heavy, especially when you layer something on top of them.