Lined Lips Are Back

With all things ’90s big again, the look of that era – sculpted lips – is back too. Ditch your go-to shade of gloss for lip liners in different hues, and learn how to define your pout.

Portrait of Tammy Strobel

Get it right: Line lips, fill in with lipstick (any finish will do), then fade liner into lipstick with a brush. If you want fuller lips, connect the space at the Cupid’s bow instead of following the outline 

This ’90s mainstay used to be a hard, matte look. The 21st C version is much easier to wear. Instead of a harsh, drawn-on line, the look is now a blended, diffused line. The new lip liners, too, are creamy and glide on gently – and essential for defining lips.

Makeup artist Larry Yeo says you don’t need a matching liner for every lipstick shade, just three: a nude matching your lip tone, for sheer lipstick; a brown-pink slightly darker than your lips, to sculpt; and red to better define a red lip. “If you don’t use red, a brown-red can give shape to the lips. You can even match it to richer or brilliant colours,” says Larry. – SINEAD LEE 

1. Wander Beauty Lipsetter Dual Lipstick and Liner, $43

A matching lippie and liner that give a creamy, demi-matte and highly pigmented finish. In two shades, at

2. Marc Jacobs (P)outliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil, $37

The pencil glides on silkily, deposits consistent colour, and sets fast. In nine shades, at

3. Shiseido Makeup Lipliner Inkduo, $40

A lip primer and pencil in one, the rounded tips make it easier to apply. Lasts eight hours, with a matte finish. In 12 shades, at

4. Rouge Hermes Universal Lip Pencil, $57

A colourless liner is good for unsteady hands, as any unevenness in application can’t be seen. This also works as a primer, giving a smooth base for lipstick. At www. sg and Hermes, from August

5. Hera Lip Designer Pencil, $25

You can do a full-on or gradient lip with this creamy, hydrating liner that gives intense colour. In eight shades, at

6. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner, $37

A pigment-packed, velvety and waterproof formula that helps lippie stay up to six hours without smudging. In 10 shades, at