Everyone needs great natural-tone lip liners in their collection – preferably ones which are distinct enough to make sure you have plenty of scope to compliment different lipsticks, glosses, blushes and eyeshadows. When I started looking for lip liners, I really had no idea where to start, which formulas I’d like, or even which colours would be suitable for my complexion and preferences. Luckily, since then I’ve built a collection of favourites which I’m going to share with you right now…
‘WHIRL’ BY MAC
‘Whirl’ is one of MAC’s iconic shades. As a warm mauve, this pairs brilliantly with an abundance of different lipsticks and is a great option for a natural, undetectable liner for everyday makeup. Like with all MAC liners, Whirl’s formula has a fairly stiff consistency, however, I love how this gives me more control over the colour’s placement. It’s easier to be neat and tidy.
‘ICONIC NUDE’ BY CHARLOTTE TILBURY
Whenever I think of Charlotte Tilbury’s lip cheats, two come to mind: Pillow Talk and Iconic Nude. As cult classics, I think many makeup lovers will already have these, or will at least have their eye on them. With the same depth as ‘Whirl’, ‘Iconic Nude’ is cooler, with stronger mauve and neutral nude tones. It’s one of my all-time favourite lip liners, especially during winter. With a creamier and highly pigmented formula, you can either wear Iconic Nude lightly or strongly. It pairs beautifully with Charlotte’s Matte Revolution lipstick in the shade ‘Very Victoria’, and this is a combination I’ll never get tired of.
’02’ BY VICTORIA BECKHAM BEAUTY
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something which is warm, but not too warm, and has a mauve undertone, but not one as strong as that in Whirl, ’02’ by Victoria Beckham Beauty might just be your answer. It is loved by so, so many people because it really is the perfect colour for light skin tones. The formula isn’t quite as soft as Charlotte Tilbury’s, but it doesn’t matter. It works with cooler, warmer and neutral looks. 10/10.
‘PILLOW TALK’ BY CHARLOTTE TILBURY
As someone with naturally rosy lips, I get the desire to have a great pink-toned lip liner which isn’t too pink. ‘Pillow Talk’ is a stunning your-lips-but-better shade which has a dash of warmth and a dash of mauve, and this keeps the shade looking natural while enhancing your lips. As it goes with so many everyday lipsticks, this is a must-have liner for everybody’s collection.
’03’ BY VICTORIA BECKHAM BEAUTY
’03’ by Victoria Beckham Beauty can be described as the warmer sister of ‘Pillow Talk’ and is a great pink-toned option to pair with warm toned eyeshadow and blush. ’03’ is smidge darker than ‘Pillow Talk’.
‘BOLDLY BARE’ BY MAC
If you’re after a tone which is on the peachy side, but which doesn’t go too warm or bright, then you might want to go for ‘Boldly Bare’. Unlike ‘Pink Venus’ from Charlotte Tilbury, ‘Boldly Bare’ has more nude in its mix. I love this for a whole variety of different everyday lippies, such as Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Bitch Perfect’ K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick.
‘VELVET SANDS’ BY VIEVE
On the other hand, you may be looking for a neutral beige liner – in which case, VIEVE’s recently released ‘Velvet Sands’ could be your answer. Although not as soft in formulation as the liners by Kylie Cosmetics, Velvet Sands has a creamy and highly pigmented formula. I didn’t expect this to become such a staple in my collection, and I use it A LOT.
‘BARE’ BY KYLIE COSMETICS
As a pinky mauve fused with neutral beige, ‘Bare’ by Kylie Cosmetics has and forever will be one of my favourite lip liners. It’s so incredibly flattering, especially for fair skin tones – it’s literally my perfect nude. With an ultra-creamy and highly pigmented formula, you just can’t go wrong. However, the problems with it are: one, I have to buy it from America at the current moment, and, two, it only comes as a part of a lip kit with a liquid lipstick. While I do use the liquid lipstick, I would prefer to have the option of buying the liner as a single, so hopefully that will become an option in the future!
‘LOVE TRAP’ BY CHARLOTTE TILBURY
‘Love Trap’ is the closest dupe to ‘Bare’ by Kylie Cosmetics that I’ve ever found – and there really isn’t much difference between the two colours. ‘Love Trap’ is ever so slightly more mauvey, and is a smidge darker, despite it looking so much deeper in the swatch photo. Charlotte Tilbury’s formula is creamy, but less creamy than the liners by Kylie Cosmetics, however, its lasting power is much better.
‘SHE’S BOLD’ BY PATRICK TA BEAUTY
Last but not least, I have my darkest favourite lip liner. ‘She’s Bold’ by Patrick Ta Beauty is a gorgeous chocolatey colour with a subtle mauve undertone. What I love about Patrick Ta’s nude products, whether they be blushes or liners, he always seems to manage to mix a hint of mauve – warm or cool – into them. This makes his nude tones incredibly flattering and natural looking. Despite ‘She’s Bold’ being a deep colour, if applied on top of a balm it can be sheered out easily. The rectangular shape of the pencil is also really helpful when it comes to application. I just love it and I can’t wait to try the other shades!
What’s your favourite natural-tone lip liner?