During the first five years of my skating career, I used to always skip my lipliner and go straight for the lipstick when I was putting on my show makeup.
I thought that the only real purpose of lipliner was to prevent my lipstick from creeping off of my lips and into the fine lines around my mouth, and that’s not a problem I’ve ever really had.
Therefore, I skipped the liner because I thought the time I saved outweighed that benefit of putting it on.
What I didn’t learn until recently were the subtle differences that lipliner makes.
Most importantly, using lipliner creates a slightly crisper line between your lips and your skin than using lipstick alone, and the crisper the line is, the more your lip color pops.
Second, it’s easier to make your lipstick perfectly symmetrical if you line your lips first.
Plus, it turns out that spending a little extra time on lipliner makes the lipstick application easier and quicker, which disproves my old “saving time by skipping the liner” theory.
So that’s why I never skip my lipliner anymore. Like so many things in life, it’s all about the subtle details.