Awhile ago I began a renewed interest in lip liners so the release of the new NARS Velvet Lip Liners was perfect timing for me. Lip Liners aren’t something I’ve worn on a daily basis, but I love the way they can enhance lipstick or lip gloss worn on top and I’ve been curious about wearing them alone as a matte lip liner.
Two particular Velvet Lip Liner shades that caught my attention were cardinal red Nihiwatu and coral pink Anse Soleil. I have a more neutral red that is a little deeper, but the slightly pink hue of Nihiwatu is more my style. And for an every day color, Anse Soleil is perfect. Nudes lip liners tend to have the concealer-lips effect on me and straight pink doesn’t look very natural. My olive complexion prefers a warmer soft pink and Anse Soleil fits the bill.
Of the (limited) lip liners I’ve tried, the NARS Velvet formula is not very creamy. The pros to this is that they last a little bit longer on their own. The con is that they don’t spread well over my lips when they are overly dry. If I’m going to wear these alone, I exfoliate first with my toothbrush, then follow with a thin layer of lip balm. I apply my other makeup first, then kiss off whatever lip balm remains before lining and filling my lips. Another tip is that I run the retractable liner tip on the back of my (clean) hand to warm up the product before applying.
I’m really happy with the finish of these and want to experiment to see how they affect a variety of lipstick and gloss shades. Like Nihiwatu under plum or either one under pinks or oranges. I think lip liner is going to see a resurgence in popularity this fall, both worn alone and to create the trending crisp lip lines under red and berry lipsticks. NARS Velvet Lip Liner is a great place to start with 12 shades, a retractable tip, and built-in sharpener.
Where do you stand on lip liner – is it an every day must, only for statement red lips, or somewhere in between?