Top 5 Lipstick & Lipliner Combinations

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Top 5 lipsticks & lipliners blog post

| Top 5 Lipstick & Lipliner Combinations! |

Lipstick is my favourite makeup item and I don't think I could ever own too many. Each lipstick shade and formula are so unique with different brands. My all-time favourite lipstick formula is the Nars lip pencils and that's why they're so heavily featured in this post - Oops! I didn't realise that most of my top 5 lipsticks consisted of them but that's just how good they are! Finding a good liner to match my lipstick is like icing on top of a cake, so today I'll be sharing my favourite lipstick and lipliner combinations......

1. Nars 'Cruella' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil & PS Red Lipliner:
First up is a statement red which will be an essential for the upcoming festive season! Before my birthday I hadn't worn a red lip since last Christmas! I forgot how much I loved them and this was the perfect lipstick to get me back into them. The shape of the pencils are so easy to use and it's less messy to apply. Sometimes with a bright shade like this, it can be easy to make a mistake especially when you're a beginner or not that confident with makeup. All of the Nars pencils that I own are matte but they're not that overly drying type of matte that you get sometimes {Mac Retro Matte, I'm looking at you!} It lasts well throughout the day too! I usually pair it with the 'Red' lipliner from Penneys/Primark. It's cheap but cheerful and it works well. I don't think that an expensive lipliner is essential as budget alternatives work just as well. I love treating myself to a high-end lipliner every now and then but for a red shade that I don't wear on a daily basis something cheap works brilliantly. 

Nars cruella lip pencil review

2. Nars 'Bettina' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil & Essence 'Satin Mauve' Lipliner:
This lip pencil is a more subtle option than the one mentioned above. It's a neutral beige shade with a slight wash of pink in it. This is the perfect everyday fuss-free lip shade and it works well with any kind of makeup look! It doesn't last as long as the red one or the one that I'll talk about further in the post purely because the colour is lighter than both of them. I usually pair the lipstick with the essence liner. It's a beautiful mauve shade with light berry undertones in it. The two shades aren't a perfect match but they compliment each other well.

3. Mac 'Brave' Lipstick & Mac 'Soar' Lipliner:
This combination has been a classic in the blogging community ever since it was deemed 'the Kylie Jenner lip'. It's a pinky beige colour with a satin finish. The colour is quite deep so it lasts fairly well considering it has a satin finish.The liner is a dark brown-toned nude and it's a lot darker than the lipstick but as you can see in the photo below they blend together nicely.

Mac Brave Lipstick & Soar Liner review

4. Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in shade 102 & Kiko Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner in shade 303 {Review}:
This lipstick is one of my favourite type of lipstick shades: A muted nude pink. The liner is a much darker nude shade but it compliments the lipstick well. The two shades blend together nicely and make the lips appear slightly plumper, especially the bottom lip. As you can see from the photo below, the pigmentation of the lipstick is incredible and the shade flatters my pale skin. 

Kiko lipstick & liner review

5. Nars 'Sex Machine' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil & Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in 'Eastend Snob':
This lipstick is a pink mauve shade {are you sensing a theme? *wink wink*} and just like the other two Nars lip pencils this is pigmented, creamy and easy to apply. Because the colour of this is quite brighter than Bettina, I find it lasts much longer on the lips. The shade is slightly similar to Brave and paired with the darker liner it provides similar results of plump, fuller looking lips. I usually pair it with the Rimmel liner which is said to be a dupe for Mac Soar. They are pretty similar and I also love pairing this liner with Mac Brave as I think it provides the same results. I do find that the Mac one lasts a little bit longer so if I have a busy day where I don't really have time to reapply lipliner I'll go for the Mac option. But other than that they look identical and provide similar results. Is there anything better than a good dupe?

What's your favourite lipstick & lipliner combination?

Cliona xx

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