Lip liners are the secret weapon of the beauty industry. While they’re often overshadowed by lipsticks, lip pencils, with their ultra-fine formulas and buildable pigmentation, can be more comfortable and long-wearing than their stick counterparts. However, given just how many are available to pick from, it can be hard to find the perfect shade – or to know where to start looking.
As someone with fair skin, I’ve found the hunt for flattering nude and neutral lip definers to be particularly challenging. But over the years I’ve managed to come up with a small collection of tones that have become fail-safe…
02 by Victoria Beckham Beauty
Albeit one of the newer products in this list, 02 quickly became an industry classic upon its launch. With a stunning neutral, almost rosy brown undertone, this now-iconic nude is incredibly flattering for so many skin tones, whether you’re warm, cool or neutral. I couldn’t love it more.
WHIRL by MAC
A lot of people with fair skin suit rosy-mauves. Whirl has to be the closest lip pencil to my own lip colour that I’ve found, and the mauve undertone helps to maintain a natural look. The MAC lip definers by far have the driest formulas, but this makes it incredibly easy to avoid going overboard. I hardly ever leave the house without Whirl.
ICONIC NUDE by Charlotte Tilbury
Iconic Nude is the most cool-toned pencil in this line-up. With a neutral brown-mauve tone, this definer is a must-have if you love to wear rosy tones on your eyes. It’s one of my personal favourites.
PILLOW TALK by Charlotte Tilbury
Pillow Talk isn’t just the most iconic lip liner, it’s possibly the most iconic product to exist in the beauty sphere. Not too pink, not too warm, not too cool – it’s the perfect balance of all the things we want in a lip liner. Also, Charlotte Tilbury liners do not budge, so not only are you getting a beautifully flattering tone, but a product which will last all day too.
03 by Victoria Beckham Beauty
A proper rose lip definer is a must-have if you have fair skin. 03 by Victoria Beckham Beauty has a subtle brown hue, which allows this rose to be more subdue, natural and easy to wear.
VELVET SANDS by VIEVE
If you’re like me and have the unusual combination of super fair skin with a warm undertone, you may feel inclined to tap into the caramel-tone part of the lip product world. For me, Velvet Sands is my go-to as it isn’t too orange and can be paired with an array of lipsticks and glosses.