Lip liner, also known as lip pencil, is a cosmetic product. It is intended to fill uneven areas on the outer edges of the lips after applying lipstick, therefore giving a smooth shape. It is also used to outline the lips, keeping lipstick inside the lip area and preventing it from "bleeding", therefore creating a bigger contrast and making the lips stand out more. The product is usually sold in a retractable tube or pencil form. Lip liner is usually available in the same range of colors as lipsticks: e.g., reds, pinks, browns, plums, etc. Lip liner also comes in invisible, for giving the illusion of smooth lips without adding or affecting color.
Like lipstick, lip liner is composed of waxes, oils, and pigments. Compared to lipstick, lip liners are firmer in consistency and deeply pigmented, i.e., suited for drawing. For these reasons, lip liners have less oils and more waxes and pigments than a lipsticks. A popular wax is Japan wax.
- J. Cunningham "Color cosmetics" in Chemistry and Technology of the Cosmetics and Toiletries Industry Editors D. F. Williams, Mr W. H. Schmitt. Springer. ISBN 978-94-010-7194-9 (Print)
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