I didn’t understand lipliners for a long time. I’m not one to layer my lip products anyway (it’s lipstick or gloss for me!) — so when it came to lipliners, I had one, the same shade as my brightest red lipstick, and I only used it one way:
When I wore that red lipstick, I applied the lipstick first (without a lipbrush, just tube-to-lips), and the liner second. Because the lipstick was bright, a ragged edge was noticeable, so I’d straighten up the line by drawing on top of it with my pencil. Just a little clean-up work; not a way to ever finish a lipliner.
Some people line their lips first, but since liner lasts longer than many lipsticks, you have to check throughout the day to make sure your lipstick hasn’t left your liner all alone out there. Some people use the pencil to lightly color in their lips first, as a base for their lipstick. I’ve heard they’re a must-have if your lipstick has a tendency to “bleed” (off your lips). Whatever you do, please do not try to make your pout look bigger by overdrawing it with a liner. No one is fooled.
Anyway, before I get too far afield: Urban Decay makes a fantastically soft, smooth, creamy lip liner. Ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamin E, and cottonseed oil make these pencils as easy to work with as their 24/7 eyeliner counterparts. The lipliners are also waterproof, vegan, and $16 each. Click here to see the Urban Decay lipsticks you might be pairing these with.
Urban Decay lipliners: Ozone, Naked, Heavy, Gash, Wicked, Envious