There are lip liners and there are lip liners...
Dismissed by many as frivolous and unnecessary, this clever crayon is in the middle of a major comeback and not a moment too soon in our opinion. Not only do they create a crisp line and prevent lip colour bleed, they can contour, add volume and even double up as a lipstick themselves – and blusher too come to that. Here are three we would take down to the bunker in the event of a nuclear winter.
NudeStix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Colour
The soft, buttery yet stay-put formulas in these make them a true handbag essential. Create a stunning pout in a few simple sweeps, or blend on the apples of the cheeks for a matchy-matchy blusher n’ lip. Best of all, each one comes with its own sharpener – natch. We like to combine the deep scarlett Raven shade around the lip line, with the lighter Royal red in the centre for a killer two-tone effect. Otherwise the more neutral Tamed shade makes a great daytime beauty staple. £24 Cult Beauty
Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Antique Rose
In terms of lip liner that does it all, this one ticks all the boxes. It has a purse-friendly price, oh-so-flattering rose hue and a nourishing formula that doesn’t dry out or snag the delicate skin on the lips. In fact, so rich is this stuff, infused with jojoba and Vitamin E, that it can double up as a pretty matte lipstick in its own right. £4.99 Superdrug
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat
If you’ve ever tried to exaggerate the shape of your lip line, this nifty little product from CT – as the name would suggest – has been designed specifically with that purpose in mind. With a pigment-rich, waterproof formula, each shade has a matching partner in Charlotte’s lipstick range. So you can first outline your lips, tracing slightly outside of the natural shape, then use lipstick to complete the illusion. £16 Charlotte Tilbury