I came across a post in The Coveteur on how to define your lips using products you already have and it set me off down one of many rabbit holes. It really doesn’t take much but it certainly made me look at some of the most basic pieces in my makeup stash in a new way especially since I’m trying really hard to not buy any new makeup right now and focus more on how I can use what I have in new ways. So in that spirit, I’m sharing this fun little experiment and here’s what I used:
- Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 818
- Burberry Kisses Gloss in Pink Mist No. 53
- Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil BR 706
- Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick 71 Nuance
- Chanel Precision Lip Definer Mordoré-Nude
- Cle de Peau Concealer in Mocha
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Lip Pencil in 12 Chocolate
I have dry lips so I start by applying a tiny bit of lip balm onto my lips.
Each look begins with the concealer that I dot onto my lips straight from the tube then pat in with clean fingers. I then reach for the Shiseido lip pencil which is similar to the colour of milk chocolate with nutmeg stirred in and focus it by drawing it at the sides of my upper and lower lips. I then press and smudge the lip pencil all over my lips.
Next, I use the Chanel Mordoré -Nude Lip Definer to line my entire top and bottom lips. Then I take my finger and smudge out the pencil all over. Afterwards, I use the Estee Lauder Lip Pencil, the deepest of the three pencils but only to line the middle of my bottom lip and mid-top where my philtrum or cupid’s bow is.
I then use a lip brush to feather out the Estee Lauder Pencil out onto the entire surface of my lips to soften the overall look and pull it together.
I realise it sounds like a lot but once you’ve done this lip liner technique a few times it becomes easier and takes less time. Once the lipliners are on, top with your lip gloss and the result will be similar to the photograph below.
For a lipstick look, just top the lip liners with a lipstick similar to your natural lip shade as I did with the Chanel Lipstick in Nuance. You can also top that with gloss or stop at the lipstick for a muted/matte look.
In the third look below, I defined my lips with the lip liners then topped with Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Nuance, a product I’ve had on repeat lately. I left it bare to show how topping with gloss pulls it all together.
This was a fun thing to try and eventually I’d like to try it with a red lip by swapping out the brown pencil although I’ve come across a tutorial using a brown pencil as a base for a red lip. So basically, there are endless possibilities which I’ll do my best to share more of in future.
Finding new ways to use my current makeup is increasingly important especially since makeup has a shelf life. I think it’s also a sentiment I’m increasingly seeing around, think #projectpan or #panning etc. In other words, using your makeup until you can see the pan starting to peek through or until it’s empty. After almost four years, I think my Estee Lauder lip pencil is on it’s last as you can see in the photographs, so it certainly qualifies for project pan. As an aside, I highly, highly recommend it for its staying power. Otherwise, knowing how to define your lips in this way is a cool thing to master, especially since the end result is not a harsh line. Look out for more posts like these and if you missed it, see the skincare I’m currently testing in this post. So, cheers to using what you already have and I hope this helps.