You know how filled-in brows can take your appearance to the next level? Well, a perfectly lined and filled pout can also serve as a serious statement that ties your entire makeup look together. Just take one scroll through your social media feeds, and you’ll see exactly what we mean. From the lips of runway models to those of your favorite celebs—the perfect combination of lipstick and lip liner is a winning look that shows no sign of going anywhere. That means it’s time for you to learn how to pair these two products together, taking into account finish and color, for a gorgeous lip makeup look. Below, we share some of our favorite lipstick and lip liner combos from L’Oréal Paris.
HOW TO MATCH LIP LINER AND LIPSTICK
Like we mentioned, the key to coordinating your lipstick and lip liner is to consider both the finish and color. For starters, you’ll want to match finish to finish. This means you should pair matte lip liner with matte lipstick, metallic lip liner with metallic lipstick…you get the idea. Second, think about color. As a general rule of thumb. You’ll want to use a lip liner that’s one to two shades darker than your lipstick color, keeping it in the same color family with the same undertones. Easy enough, right?
7 LIP LINER AND LIPSTICK COMBOS TO TRY
COMBO #1: HOT PINK
Hot pink is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your next night out makeup look. Pair the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Moiselle Pink with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Best Mattes.
COMBO #2: ORCHID
Orchid is another bright hue that’s ideal for a night on the town. Try matching the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in At the Drop of a Matte up with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Riche Lip Liner in Strike a Matte-ch.
COMBO #3: CLASSIC RED
Rock a true red pout with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Devil’s Matte-vocate Red and the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in In-Matte-uated With You.
COMBO #4: NUDE
Say cheers to a champagne-colored pout by pairing the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-itude and the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Matte-ing Call.
COMBO #5: BRICK RED
To turn heads with a brick-colored pout, wear the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in He Think He’s Matte-cho and the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Matte-stermind.
COMBO #6: PLUM
Looking for a beautiful, deep hue? Try sporting a plum lip! Pair the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-jestic and the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Curiosity Killed the Matte.
COMBO #7: FIRE-ENGINE RED
Wear a fire-engine red lip to look as if you've been kissed by fire. Coat your lips in the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte At Bat and the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Matte in Manhattan.
HOW TO APPLY MATCHING LIPSTICK AND LIP LINER
When applied just right, your pout will look like it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to learn how.
STEP 1: EXFOLIATE
While coordinated lipstick and lip liner are great for creating a striking lip look, how you prep your pout can make all the difference in how your product pairing ends up looking. So, before applying anything, use a lip scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface of your lips. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, which can be used on both your face and lips.
STEP 2: PRIME
STEP 3: LINE AND FILL
It’s finally time to layer on some color! Start with your lip liner of choice. In addition to helping define the shape of your lips, lip liner can also help prevent your lipstick from feathering outside the lines. After you’ve lined your lips, fill them in with your matching lipstick.
STEP 4: TOUCH UP THE EDGES
Let’s be real: If you’re not a pro makeup artist, it’s easy to make mistakes. If you happened to color a little outside the lines at any point, no worries! You don’t have to start all over again. Just dip a cotton swab in the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types to erase any errors. You can also use micellar water to remove the remains of your lip makeup duo at the end of the day.
STEP 5: ADD A TOUCH OF HIGHLIGHTER
To help make your pout really pop, place a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops in Daybreak on your cupid’s bow and voila—pout perfection!
Now that you know how to pair lip liner and lipstick, head over to our article, The Best Makeup and Nail Polish to Pair with Every Outfit, to complete your matchy-matchy makeup education.
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