Lip liners can be used to line the lips before applying lipstick or to line and ‘colour in’ the lips with the same liner, creating a “stain” under the lipstick or lip gloss. When lining your lips (if you’re not filling them in with the same liner), be sure to soften and blend the edges onto your lip with a cotton bud (or a clean finger) to prevent a solid line from showing through if your lipstick does happen to fade.
Generally lip liners should be the same colour as your lipstick or a nude shade (not a few shades darker or black). The only time your lip liner should be darker than your lipstick is when you’re creating an ombré effect on your lips (gradient shading of colour from dark to light, see picture).
Avoid applying lipstick to cracked, dry lips, as the lipstick will only emphasise any dry spots, especially if it’s a frosted or shimmery lipstick. Try exfoliating your lips gently with a soft toothbrush to remove dry flakes and moisturise them well before applying your make-up.
For natural, nude looking lips, outline your lips with a nude lip liner and then colour them in using the same liner. Add a touch of clear lip gloss and you’re good to go.
Alternatively, if you prefer to use a tinted lip gloss, try Palladio Plump & Shine Herbal Plumping Lip Gloss. It comes in a variety of colours, in a funky square tube with a little applicator brush and isn’t sticky.
Woolworths Tinted Gloss is another one that’s not very sticky and comes in a variety of colours. These ones are in 15ml squeeze tubes and are flavoured, so they smell and taste great too.