Monday 11 December 2017

Five of the best lip liners

Andrea Byrne

I have to confess I wasn't a big fan of lip liners, and therefore wasn't much of a user, but recently I've taken to allowing the professionals to do my make-up for special occasions, and almost all have used liners.

Invariably, they would line the lip, and then smudge the product into the centre. Anyway, the point is, my lipstick would last much longer than if I was to have applied it myself without using a liner. Clearly, it really is the perfect lipstick base and the key to lipstick longevity.

When you're choosing, avoid something too chalky and go for one that has long-lasting properties. Rimmel's Exaggerate is a hard-working product with a super price point. For precision if, say, you're a person who likes to overdraw ever so slightly, I can't recommend YSL's Lip Liner enough. It's so easy to use, and doesn't drag.

The same goes for Aveda's Lip Liner, which, with its buttery texture, feels, and apparently is, nourishing on the lips.

Estee Lauder's Double Wear Lip Liner and MAC's Pro Longwear are remarkably long wearing – for that reason I would smudge the colour into the lip rather than just drawing with it, as you'd hate to be left with rim marks when your lipstick fades. Never a good look. The Estee Lauder pencil comes with an integrated lip brush to help soften the lines.

Best value

Nail Rehab, €10.95, Sally Hansen, available in selected grocery stores and pharmacies nationwide.

It's kind of mindblowing what this has done to my usually brittle, broken talons. Two applications a week has made them look way more presentable.

Nail Rehab: Sally Hanson.

Best buy

Skin Foundation Stick, €36, Bobbi Brown, available in selected department stores nationwide.

Clean, no-fuss, easy-to-use, cleverly sized product that gives medium coverage that's neither overly matte or overly dewy. Perfect for anyone with combination skin.

Best buy: Bobbi Brown.

5 of the Best

Double Wear stay in Place Lipliner, €24.50

Estee Lauder, available in selected department stores nationwide. From kissing to cocktail-quaffing, this really does withstand all sorts of late-night shenanigans.

Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner, €5.49

Rimmel, available in grocery stores and pharmacies nationwide. Creamy and easily smudged. I wear it as a lipstick too.

Pro Longwear Lip Liner, €19.50

MAC, available in Brown Thomas and BT2 stores nationwide. As the name suggests, this is built to last. And last well.

Dessin des levres Lip liner, €21

Yves Saint Laurent, available in selected department stores nationwide. The sharp, precise tip makes for easy lining.

Nourish-Mint Lip Liner, €19

Aveda, available in Brown Thomas Dublin. If you hate the typically drying feeling of a liner, then you have to try this: it's buttery soft.


Moisturise your lips at least 20 minutes before applying products. Chanel's Hydra Nourishing Lip Care, €36, available in key department stores, works instantly to un-chap lips and smooth lines.

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Susie loves...

Holistic Silk Eyemask, €57.60, Holistic Silk, available on (free shipping to Ireland).

I have worn Holistic Silk Eyemask every night for nearly a decade. I'm quite a light sleeper and this helps me to get a really good night's sleep. It's also the perfect thing to take on a plane.

Holistic Silk

PreCleanse Cleanser, €43.40, Dermalogica, available in Harvey Nichols and selected salons nationwide.

I double cleanse at night, firstly with Dermalogica's PreCleanse. Even on days I'm not wearing make up, I like to make sure that my skin is completely clean. We'd all be surprised to see how much grime our skin collects every day – particularly for those living or working in a city. The cleaner the skin, the better serums and moisturisers work too.


Frizz Control volume rollers, €39, Nicky Clarke, available in selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide.

Designed for travel in a lightweight bag, these heated rollers have become an essential for me – home and away. I blowdry my hair and leave 10 or 11 rollers in for a few minutes. They're a quick way to give hair some volume and shape.

Frizz control

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