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How to Achieve a Flawless Pout with Red Aspen Lip Liners

There’s no denying that giving yourself a flawless pout can elevate your entire makeup look. With lip liner being such a key part of that process, it’s worth taking the time to perfect the delicate art of lining your lips.

In this blog, we’ll deep dive into how to use lip liner to achieve defined, long-lasting, and perfectly luscious lips! Not only will we offer a lip liner tutorial, but we’ll also go over what lip liner is, why it’s so useful, and other fun ways to use it (including in combination with gloss for plenty of shine, and as a longer-lasting alternative to matte lipsticks). Ready to dive into the world of lip liner and unlock the secrets to achieving your most stunning smile ever!? Let’s get started! 

What Is Lip Liner?

A lip liner is a cosmetic product that usually comes in the form of a lip pencil. The purpose of lip liner is to outline and define the contours of the lips. Most often, you’ll want to apply lip liner before applying lipstick or lip gloss to provide a base for longer-lasting lip color and prevent color feathering while enhancing the overall shape of your lips. 

Lip liners are also available in a variety of different shades to complement wide-raging lip colors. They can also be used on their own for a more natural, less in-your-face look.

How to Apply Lip Liner for Fuller Lips

Here’s a step-by-step explanation of how to use lip liner to define your lips and make your lip color last without feathering.

1. Prep Your Lips

The first step on how to put on lip liner involves no lip liner at all. Instead, it’s to prepare your lips for color application. Chapped lips are incredibly common, and they can easily distract from an otherwise stunning look. In other words, they’re worth addressing before you focus on any other steps. 

To prep your lips, begin by gently exfoliating to remove dead skin (you can do so with a clean toothbrush, or with a lip exfoliating scrub). Then, while your lips are still damp, apply a high-quality lip balm with plenty of hydrating ingredients. You can also apply a lip mask before bed to wake up with the softest lips ever! Now you’re ready to apply your lip liner.

2. Select Your Color

The right color lip liner (aka one that’s suitable for your style and complexion) and the lipstick or gloss you plan on using, is an important choice. We can help!

Red Aspen Lip Pencil Colors

Not sure what color lip liner to get? Take a look at Red Aspen’s line of lip pencils to see if there might be a few colors that suit your fancy. Our lip pencils are some of the best on the market. They’re highly pigmented, easy to sharpen, provide a long wear time, and are available in a wide range of fun and flirty shades. Red Aspen almost certainly has a lip liner pencil that’ll make you look and feel your best. 

Here’s a full list of all the lip liner colors that Red Aspen offers:

3. Outline Your Lip Shape with Lip Liner

Begin outlining your lips by outlining your cupid’s bow, or the center of your top lip. From here, work your way toward the outer corners of your lips, and then do the same for your bottom lip outline, working from the inside outward in both directions. 

You can vary the thickness of your line using pressure. Either create a thinner line with very light pressure or create a thicker line by applying more pressure to the pencil. 

4. Fill in Your Lips with Lip Gloss, Lipstick, or Lip Liner

It’s your call which of these you choose. Each will have a different effect:

  • Lip gloss: Examples include Red Aspen’s lip gloss in shades ranging from agave to sweet plum. Give your lips a radiant and lustrous finish to enhance their fullness.
  • Lipstick: Lipstick can make a bold statement or create a more natural look, depending on the combination of color and finish (matte, creme, gloss) you choose.
  • Lip liner/pencil: Gives a well-defined, matte look in one step and lasts a long time.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Liner

How Do You Sharpen Lip Liner?

Sharpening lip liner is easy with a high-quality cosmetic pencil sharpener like Red Aspen’s Ultimate Pencil Sharpener. To achieve a fine point, simply rotate the end of the lip pencil inside the sharpener with a moderate amount of pressure.

Why Would You Use a Lip Lining Pencil First?

Still wondering “What is the point of lip liner?” Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits of adding lip liner to your makeup routine:

  • It helps define the shape of your lips
  • It creates a clean outline for lip color and prevents feathering
  • Lip lining pencils allow you to enhance your natural lip shape, if desired.
  • A quality lip lining pencil helps your lip color adhere more effectively, making it last longer

How Should You Apply Lip Liner for Thin Lips?

If you tend to have thinner lips, you can still enjoy the benefits of lip liner to their fullest! To apply lip liner for fuller-looking lips, start by using your lip pencil to outline right outside your natural lip line. You can even fill in the entire lip area with the liner before applying your lipstick, concentrating the most color in the center of the lips. This makes thin lips look even fuller and more defined! Yay! 

How Should You Apply Lip Liner and Lip Gloss?

Applying lip liner with lip gloss is actually pretty easy! Start by first outlining and filling in your lips using a complementary lip liner color, then adding gloss on top. The combination of lip pencil with gloss adds a uniquely luscious, lip-enhancing finish to your makeup look. 

Can You Use Lip Liner as Lipstick?

Despite the name, pencil lip liner isn’t only useful for lining your lips, it’s also a great replacement for matte lipstick, especially because it tends to last longer than regular lipstick. It’s simple to use! After you’ve lined your lips, just fill in your lips entirely with the lip pencil liner. Then run your finger across your lips to smooth everything out and create an even finish. Voila! 


Achieve Fuller and More Luscious Lips with Lip Liner from Red Aspen

So, there you have it! A step-by-step tutorial on how to use a lip liner/lip pencil for fuller, flirtier lips. Whether you’re new to lip liners or you’ve been shopping around, you owe it to yourself to check out all of the ways you can achieve your most stunning smile ever! 


With an iconic lineup of lip liners, lip glosses, and other beauty products, Red Aspen has everything you need for a flawless pout. Reach out to a Red Aspen Brand Ambassador today to learn how you can achieve fuller and more luscious lips with Red Aspen!

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