The sole purpose of lip liner is to keep your lip color from bleeding and feathering outside of the lip line. I’m going to tell you a little secret about me, I barely wear lip liner. In my personal collection I have about 10 pencils and only use about half of them on the regular. I don’t find it to be an essential, just an extra step taking up precious time that I don’t have in the morning. I apply my lipstick or gloss, clean the perimeter with a cotton swab and go. I then touch up and clean up as necessary during the day. This is not ideal but it works for me. I thought that I was good with my little process until I met the E.L.F. Studio Lip Lock Pencil and it changed my lipstick life!
The E.L.F. Studio Lip Lock Pencil is what you call a reversible lip liner. I’ve heard of these types of pencils before but never tried it as they are always so expensive and I wasn’t with that. 3 bucks I can deal with so of course I had to at least try it when I saw it in the E.L.F Studio Store. Moving on, you apply the Lip Lock Pencil around the perimeter of your lips to create a barrier and lock your lip color in place, keeping it from bleeding and feathering. It’s clear so it will work with any skin tone or shade of lip color. The silky wax pencil glides on smooth and dries down to an invisible finish, filling in fine lines in the process. After application you simply apply your lip color, no need to use a traditional lip liner and no need to go through the hustle and bustle of color matching and potentially changing your lipstick shade if the color doesn’t match.
The pencil is twist up and retractable making it easy to use and apply, no sharpening required. It will last a long time as you get quite a bit and don’t need to use much. Keep in mind though that if you are sensitive to or don’t like mineral oil it is the first ingredient. Hasn’t caused any problems for me at all though, no clogging or breakouts.
Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in Hot Plum lined with Lip Lock
This pencil is simply thebomb.com. I apply it around the perimeter of my lips and on my lip line before applying my lipstick. I then apply my lipstick as I normally would and go about my business. My lipstick stays in place without bleeding or feathering. Even when my lip color fades in the middle my lip line is still good and stays put unless I take a tissue and wipe it off. I touch up my lipstick less often and don’t have to worry about it seeping into the corners of my mouth or my cupid’s bow. Now I can spend more time worrying about more important things like getting that mascara out of my eyes that I’m constantly picking off all day. Yes I have a mascara picking problem and need help lol. Anyway, I really like this pencil and will definitely repurchase when I run out eons from now. Hey why not since it costs less than lunch. Available at eyeslipsface.com $3