My Favorite Lipliners + Feature on Beauty Parler!!!

I’m so excited to be featured in the “Blogger Beauty Secrets” series by the gorgeous Monica of Beauty Parler! Isn’t her blog design so chic? Click here to read the full post:

One of the secrets I shared with Beauty Parler was my love for lipliners – so I thought I’d write a quick post on my favorite ones.

Chanel Vamp liner and Chanel Rose Cuivre liner

I prefer lipliners over lipsticks & lipstains as they are longer lasting and show up better over my pigmented lips. I color my lips in with lipliner, top with gloss…and I’m good to go. My lip color lasts a LONG time, and reapplication is simple (no need for multiple products or a lip brush).

Chanel Vamp liner and Chanel Rose Cuivre liner swatch
Swatched on lips: MAC Brick, MAC Redd, Chanel Vamp, Chanel Rose Cuivre

Here are the 4 lipliners I use the most:

MAC Brick – I initially tried this on with the famous Ruby Woo lipstick. After applying it at the counter, I figured out that I could skip the lipstick and just use this all over my lip to achieve a  classic true-red lip.

MAC Redd – I was trying to decided between Brick & Redd. I purchased Brick because it was a more classic color, but I couldn’t stop thinking about this beautiful orange-toned red…so 2 weeks later I was back at the MAC counter for Redd…and I don’t regret it one bit!

Chanel Vamp – One of the first liners I purchased to use as lipstick – such a pretty berry shade. I’m wearing it in the picture on Beauty Parler’s feature, topped with an orange-golden gloss from MAC.

Chanel Rose Cuivre – This shimmery brownish pink color is so pretty on its own or worn with this Lancome Juicy Tube on top.

Chanel Vamp liner and Chanel Rose Cuivre liner swatch
Swatched on hand: MAC Brick, MAC Redd, Chanel Vamp, Chanel Rose Cuivre


  • Lipliners are very drying – so you want your lips to be flake-free & moisturized before application. BUT you don’t want to use a greasy lipbalm to prep your lips – otherwise the color will slide right off. I recommend using this lipbalm, blotting to absorb excess balm and THEN applying your lipliner.
  • Use the tip of the liner to outline your lips, then use the side of the pencil to quickly shade in the rest of your lips.
  • For extra long-lasting color – I combine a lipliner with a cream lipstain to set the color. I apply a clear gloss on top to keep my lips from over-drying. Here’s my current favorite combination for daytime: 
  • MAC Redd lipliner + Sephora Cream Lipstain in 05 (Infinite Rose) + Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Shine City.

 What are your favorite products for long-lasting lip color?


  1. Anonymous
    February 1, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    I love the Mac REDD, so pretty! Congrats on the feature!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 1, 2013 / 6:17 pm

      Thanks Lindsay! Mac Redd is my current favorite – something about the orangey tones just cheers me up 🙂

  2. Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos
    February 1, 2013 / 4:59 pm

    I've never thought of using liner to fill in my entire lip. Genius!Sequins&Stilettos

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 1, 2013 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks Skylette – the first time I had my entire lip lined was at my wedding – and the color did not budge!

  3. Beautygirl24
    February 1, 2013 / 6:11 pm

    I need more liners! I think I own two – and one is completely clear by Too Faced. Congrats on the Beauty Parler feature. It looks great! I need that face cloth 😉

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 1, 2013 / 6:29 pm

      Thanks Noelle – I highly recommend the MAC liners – the colors are soo amazing and even.

  4. Anonymous
    February 1, 2013 / 11:22 pm

    Redd is my favourite! I dont use liners much often, but I think I really need this one. :)Congrats on the feature, love it!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 2, 2013 / 5:24 am

      Thanks Mel! Yes..there is something amazing about Redd – just applying it puts me in a good mood 🙂

  5. Louise @ INGREDIENTS
    February 2, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    Thank you for the tips on the lip liners! All four shades look beautiful on you. I used to use lip liner as the entire lip colour but I haven't in a while, as I found it too drying and also time consuming to apply. These days, I just swipe on some Jane Iredale lipstick while I'm in the car! If I am going to a special event, I will definitely try out your recommendations.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 3, 2013 / 2:29 am

      Glad you liked the tip Louise – it's definitely worth trying for a special event…and if you use the side of the nib to quickly shade in your lip (after penciling in the outline), it doesn't take too much time 🙂

  6. bettina
    February 3, 2013 / 2:23 am

    This is such a great post (and super timely as I've been looking for some new lipcolors). When you do the lip liner/gloss combo, how many times do you reapply throughout the day? Also, are your lips normally dry? Mine are always dry and peeling. Wonder if full lip liner might not be the best option for me.. Any insights much appreciated!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 3, 2013 / 2:41 am

      Glad it's a timely post – I've definitely found myself drawn to bold lip colors recently! In terms of reapplication – I carry my lip liner & gloss with me…the liner I reapply after eating – while I'd use the clear gloss anytime my lips started feeling dry (perhaps every 2-3 hours max?).My lips are sensitive – some lipsticks make them peel 🙁 But I don't have a problem with this lipliner-gloss combo…I think it's because the balm I use as a base, and the gloss I use as a top coat suit my lips.Doesn't hurt to try it and see if this technique works for you – worst case – you could always use the lip liner to outline your lips 🙂 I would recommend MAC liners because they are more moist and spread easier.

    • Bettina Chiu
      February 3, 2013 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks! Will definitely check Mac out 🙂

  7. Kristen
    February 4, 2013 / 9:55 pm

    i keep hearing about how pencils are better bc they're low maintenance. do you find it dries out your lips at all though?

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 8, 2013 / 2:39 am

      Sorry it took so long to respond 🙂 Nope – I don't find they dry out my lips because I use a balm before hand and a gloss on top…it's like making my own lipstick using moisturizing products that suit me LOL…the lipliner is the pigment, and the balm + gloss are the moisturizers.

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