The 5 Lip Liners You Need in Your Makeup Stash

Published in: Boots, Guest Post, Lips, MAC Makeup, NYX

must have lip liners

To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of lip liners… I don’t use them on most days because it feels like an unnecessary step, but that being said, there are a few shades that I DO wear every so often and think are absolute necessities.


Here are my five favorite must-have lip liners. What are yours?

  1. MAC Boldly Bare. I think everyone should have a peachy-nude lip liner. We all know that nude lipstick can be tough to pull off sometimes, so having a liner that can be a nice base, or help shape the lips, is major. I like Boldly Bare because it warms up nudes that are too cool (avoiding the dreaded dead lips look). Plus, it looks really good under a sheer gloss. It’s available at MAC Cosmeticsfor $16.50 .
  2. NYX Chocolate. This Chocolate shade is very close to my natural lip color, so I like to wear it under more pigmented glosses to make them last longer. It also works under darker lipsticks when I want to make sure the outline of my lips is neat and clean, and it’s only $3.50 at Ulta!
  3. MAC Cork. This is like in the brown skin girl’s makeup hall of fame! I swear, every MAC makeup artist has tried to sell this to me (and I’ve caved and bought it more than once!). But, it’s popular because it just works. A darker brown liner, it’s perfect for deepening other lip colors without drastically changing their hue. It’s also perfect for the ’90s brown lip trend! It’s available at MAC Cosmetics for $16.50.
  4. MAC Lasting Sensation. This is sort of a wildcard because it’s a bright coral color, but I actually love it as a matte lipstick. Since it’s a lip pencil, it’s easier to get a neat and precise application. And I love that it lasts all day. It’s def a summer staple for me (I featured it in my Beach Inspired Makeup Post). It’s also available at MAC Cosmetics for $16.50 .
  5. Boots No. 7 Precision Lip Pencil in Red. Red lips are gorgeous, but for me they’re kind of tricky. I almost always use a red lip liner when I’m wearing red lipstick because it helps keep the lipstick on my lips and not all over my face. Bonus points for this being a twist-up pencil that doesn’t need a sharpener (because I can NEVER find one when I need it). You can find it at Target for $9. And for help finding something to wear it with, here are my favorite red lipsticks.

* Honorable Mention: MAC Nightmoth. Just like with red lipstick, deep vampy colors are high maintenance. This is my go-to for when I want dark and dramatic lips. Another MAC classic.


must have lip liners

Here are some swatches:

must have lip liners

L to R: MAC Cork, NYX Chocolate, MAC Boldly Bare, MAC Lasting Sensation, Boots No. 7 Red

How often do you use lip liner? Am I the only one who doesn’t use it all the time?

Adia Goss

Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.


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  1. CrystalCandy says:

    I love MAC Boldly Bare too, although my favorite nude at the moment is Rodial Nude! Sooo perfect!
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  2. I am not wearing lip liner as much as I should, but as I am getting older, many lipsticks start to settle into lip lines, so I guess there will be much more lip liners in my future.
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted … Unboxing: EcoNaturals, Cult Beauty – Science and surprises

  3. Rachel R. says:

    I use a lipliner most of the time. The older I get, the more I like them, because I’m getting finer lines around my lips. I think liners makes lips look neater, more symmetrical, and fuller. Liners can help keep colors from feathering and bleeding. Sometimes the right colored liner can make a *meh* lipstick shade wearable…or even fabulous.

  4. My lips don’t have any pigmentation at all, nor a defined edge, so most of the time I outline them with a nude liner to act as a guideline, no matter the lipstick I’m going to use.
    Lately though, I’ve been appreciating the power of a matching liner more and more, especially when it comes to bolder shades.
    Carolina Braina recently posted … YSL Les Sahariennes Sun-Kissed Blur Perfector and My Favorite Product Names

  5. And I don’t own any of them, oops 😉 One of my favorite lip liners is from Catrice, Upper Brown Side. Super affordable and the perfect nude shade for me.
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Make-up look | Bobbi Brown Summer 2016

  6. Kiran says:

    NYC Chocolate sounds lovely, great post, thanks for sharing. Always on the lookout for new liners, really want to get Mauve from NYX and Soar from MAC x

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  7. Jennifer says:

    You are not the only one! I really like lip liners but most of the time I prefer a more “undone mouth.” If I’m wearing red, which is rare, I always line. Or sometimes, I’ll just wear a liner with a balm on top, I really like to do that.

    And I would like to include colors but I’m replying at work and don’t have any with me. I do love MAC liners and MUFE liners. Love the photos with the post.
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  8. Jessica Revitte says:

    I loved this post, thank you! Despite my love of makeup I rarely if ever dabble in lip liners. I have fairly pigmented lips and as I shy from nudes I’ve always assumed I don’t need them but I’m starting to reconsider. Particularly where MAC Nightmoth and Beet are concerned … may need to visit my nearest counter!


  9. Erin says:

    I just got a clear on from Bite lets see!
    Erin recently posted … Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Rock Steady Lipstick

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