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For such a long time I’ve considered using a lip liner before applying the lipstick an extra, useless and rather annoying step in my makeup routine. For sheer laziness, to be honest!

That’s why having your makeup done by a professional it’s the best thing to do! You discover that the minimal step you always underrate makes a whole lot of a difference in how your makeup looks and how long it lasts on your face.

Now that I’ve found some amazing lip liners that are truly staples in my makeup routine I want to share them with you.


For me a good lip liner has to be the perfect balance between a creamy consistency and a “hard” one, to glide on the contour of your lips, to have enough pigmentation to be worn under a lipstick without altering its colour but also to be worn easily by itself and to be long lasting for the lipstick to also last longer on the lips.

I was lucky enough to find quite a few lip liners that respond to all the criteria and those are: Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner Pillowtalk and Pink Venus, the Burberry Lip Definer #02 Dusty Rose and the one that goes with everything, at any time – the Dior Universal Lip Liner.


I will start with my most recent discoveries the Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner Pillowtalk and Pink Venus, because these are fairly recent launches in the beauty world and they still have a lot of hype around them. And for such good reasons!

They are Charlotte Tilbury‘s most appreciated “cheating” backstage weapons. Velvety and rich, they glide on well without tugging your lips and you can create an amazing long wearing base for other lip products. There are five colours in the range Pillow Talk ( pink nude ), Pink Venus ( peachy nude ), Iconic Nude ( true nude ), Savage Rose ( rosy red ) and Kiss ‘n’ Tell ( true red ).

I only own these two, for now…

Pillowtalk – a beautiful neutral pink colour that would work for so many lips. Great for retouching uneven lips ( hence the name Re-Shape & Re-Size ), amazing to create a true nude lip look. It’s not the most unique of colours but the long lasting formula and the pigmentation are amazing! There is a drugstore dupe for it, the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob, which is pretty close but obviously not the same!


Pink Venus – a nude pinky peach and less pink than the name suggests. This will definitely be “the one” I’ll be using on my lips in the warmer months when I will wear more coraly, bright lipsticks.

Like all the lip liners I’ve tried these aren’t too moisturizing so keep in mind to prepare you lips before the application, as I advised you to do in my previous post Red Lips, Dark Lips – DO’s and DONT’S…

annie's beauty... CHARLOTTE TILBURY POLLOW TALK – wearing Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner Pillowtalk on it’s own

annie's beauty... FOTD NARS – wearing Pillow Talk under the Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Stoned Rose ( see post here )

The Burberry Lip Definer in #02 Dusty Rose is pretty similar to Pillow Talk, only that it’s a bit rosier and the formula is a bit dryer, I find. This was the lip liner that changed my whole lipstick game, when a makeup artist used it to do my makeup on a Burberry counter in Milan, a few years ago. I went through a couple of these already and I have a few more shades, but I picked this one because this is still a favourite after all this time!

I already used it in a post, in a summery lip combination with the Burberry Lip Glow in #19 Mallow Pink ( see full post here ).

In the picture below you can see swatches of all my favourite lip liners including…


… the Dior Universal Lip Liner. I saved “the best for last” as they say!

This is a creamy, soft, colourless lip liner which truly goes with everything you want to wear on your lips. It’s my favourite to use with red and dark lipsticks, because applying a richly coloured lip liner can be as tricky as applying the lipstick itself! To avoid all that struggle you take this one, you go swish! swish! and your contour is done flawlessly! This lip liner is the one I used in my every single red, bright or dark lipstick swatch I did this far on annie’s beauty….

annie's beauty... TF Lips&Boys Xavier – wearing the Dior Universal Lip Liner under Tom Ford’s Lips&Boys Patrick ( see post here )

annie's beauty... TOM FORD – wearing the Dior Universal Lip Liner under the Tom Ford Crimson Noir ( see post here )

photo 4 – wearing the Dior Universal Lip Liner under the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Pandore ( see post here and here )

You’ll see no traces of bleeding or a wrong application… And I already told you I’m not a pro! It “behaves” so well with all the different formulas of lipstick I’ve tried it with! This is my most used lip liner and I go through these as if they were Maltesers Mini Chocolate Bunnies. I hope you can see it in the swatches too even though there’s no much to see!

Are you using lip liners? Please share your favourites!

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie



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