The 10 Best Lip Liner Brands of 2022

Sophie Willis
Jan 13, 2022

Lips are one of the most attractive parts of the entire facial makeup. The lip liner can shape thick lips and make up for thin lips. It prevents lipstick from smudging, makes lips look more defined and improves the lip shape. If your lip shape is not that perfect, try a lip liner. Use a lip liner to contour your lips to change the shape, for example, drawing vivid Cupid's Bow. If you have thin lips, draw the lower lip fuller. If your lips are wide and flat, blur the peaks to make them plumper. Makeup artist Kaleigh Fasanella said that a right lip liner would surprisingly help you deliver a sexy lip look.

We rounded up a host of brands with a cult following, like BOBBI BROWN, CHANEL, NARS and so on. Each brand boasts a wide range of super-quality products, most of which are the winners of multiple beauty awards. Now, if you’re ready to get the perfect lip liner, scroll down to check the following list of brands we’ve compiled for you.

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  • 2. Chanel
  • 3. NARS
  • 4. Dior
  • 5. Charlotte Tilbury
  • 6. Yves Saint Laurent
  • 9. M·A·C
  • 10. NYX


BOBBI BROWN is a professional makeup brand founded by makeup artist Bobbi Brown in New York in 1991. BOBBI BROWN pursues natural, simple and clean makeup finish. It is known as the "Hollywood Queen for creating a no-makeup look".

BOBBI BROWN has been serving the top fashion week backstage for many years. Combining the features of lipstick and lip liner, BOBBI BROWN launched the first LIP PENCIL which integrates the lipstick and blush. This highly pigmented LIP PENCIL has a good moisturizing and color rendering effect and excellent staying power, which is the classic product of this brand. The short LIP PENCIL has moderate hardness, and can glide over the contours of your lips smoothly to create a velvety and matte finish. You can also apply it on the cheeks to help create a natural and clean makeup finish. The LIP PENCIL can last 8 hours with a large capacity.

The creamy ART STICK can draw lip line smoothly and precisely. Topping off with the lipstick and lip glaze, it helps create a more refined and advanced lip makeup. The BOBBI BROWN ART STICK also can last 8 hours.

If you want to achieve a delicate makeup, a lip liner is a necessary product. It can outline the lip line, modify the corner of the mouth and the peaks of the lips, creating a clear lip makeup. It also can create an ideal lip makeup for people with thin or thick lips. The two lip liners are packed with a pencil sharpener, so you needn’t purchase separately.

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Chanel is a French brand founded in 1910, which is a pioneer of the fashion revolution. Chanel represents a unique style that has lasted forever. Elegance, delicacy, luxury and fashion are its values and inner spirit.

In 2016, Chanel launched the first LE CRAYON LÈVRES lip pencil packed with a lip brush, which is more convenient than regular lip liners or lip pencils. LE CRAYON LÈVRES lip pencil integrates lip pencil and lip brush into one. You can use a lip pencil to outline your lips and then apply the delicate lip brush to blend and fill your lips. With soft and fine refill, you can define and shape lips easily. Sold in a wide range of shades, and consumers have many shades for options. The LE CRAYON LÈVRES lip pencil can correct lip lines and make the lips smoother and fuller. It is a lip pencil for people with deep lip lines. The exquisite and textured LE CRAYON LÈVRES lip pencil can last about 6 hours.

In 2018, Chanel released the twist-up retractable crayon that needn’t pencil sharpeners. The fine and highly pigmented lip crayon can moisturize your lips effectively. It offers a more excellent staying power compared to other competitive products, which can last more than 4 hours.

Many big brands have also launched crayons, but they are not as good as Chanel. The Chanel lightweight lip crayon is highly pigmented and moist, which can be used as a lipstick. Chanel crayons have various colors for options. Whether soft pink or bold deep red, you can choose what you want.

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The American brand NARS is a professional make-up brand that is full of creative minds and has become a hot topic in the make-up circle with its bold colors and unrestrained style since its establishment in 1994. The explicit product names has created an advanced brand image for NARS, and makes every makeup enthusiast convinced by this high-end sexy.

NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL is the hero product in the lip pencil industry, which ranked first in the top ten lip pencil list of the famous American fashion website Rank&style. You can define and shape lips with ease with nib, and then fill your lips. You needn’t worry about creating a strange look with the different shade and texture of the lipstick. Unlike lip liner, the creamy lip pencil has a softer texture, you can apply it easily. Although it is matte, you can create a seamless and long-lasting makeup finish without drying out topping off a lip primer. NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL is rich in color, and #dolce vita has always been the best selling shade. It is suitable for every skin tone, which can create an outstanding makeup look.

It should be noted that due to the thick refill, the tip will be round after long-term use. So you’d better sharpen it frequently to help outline lip line precisely.

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Dior is a French luxury brand established in 1947. Elegance and gorgeous always the main features of Dior whether in the field of perfume, fashion or makeup. Lip makeup products are high quality fashionable, and you can apply lip liners easily to create a delicate makeup look even without sophisticated skills.

Like Chanel, Dior lip liner is a double-ended lip liner with a lip brush. The lip liner has a soft refill, and you can define and shape lips with ease. It helps create a lightweight and comfortable lip makeup with soft and natural lines, and it also offers an excellent covering power for people with deep lines to modify lip shape. Dior lip liner creates a muted, plumped-up, and natural finish. The other end of the lip liner is a brush head, and you can smudge lips easily and smoothly. It is packed with a sharpener, which is convenient for people to use.

The ROUGE DIOR INK LIP LINER is the first liquid lipstick in a couture felt-pen. Its felt-tip flawlessly defines the lip contour. Unlike other waxy lip liners or lipstick crayons, this lip liner is similar to a lip stain, which is extremely long lasting and can wear all day without fading and feathering. The highly pigmented and lightweight lip liner can create a perfectly delicate lip makeup. However, it should be noted that you need to keep your lips clean when applying this lip liner. Otherwise, it’s hard to color topping off other waxy lip products, and also can’t last a long time. The ROUGE DIOR INK LIP LINER has 6 shades, and most of them from the classic shades of ROUGE series.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury (CT) is a popular British makeup brand founded in 2013. The founder of the brand was the chief makeup designer of Tom Ford. Whether in packaging or color selection, the CT is full of classic retro styles. Moreover, products from TF are practical and textured.

The CT Lip Cheat lip liner pencil has a retro and exquisite package. It can outline the lip line precisely with the thin nib. Infused with various moisturizing ingredients, the soft lip liner pencil can moisturize the lips effectively. It has a strong waterproof ability and can last 6 hours. The CT Lip Cheat lip liner pencil has rich and bright color, and you can apply it easily. However, the regular makeup remover may not remove it effectively, so you need to use a professional eye and lip makeup remover. Compared with MAC lip liner, the CT lip liner is more hydrated. The CT Lip Cheat lip liner pencil is a practical product with a wide range of 8 shades for options, but you need to buy an extra sharpener.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup products are practical and high quality, and its status and quality are as good as other first-line brands.

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Yves Saint Laurent

YSL is a famous French luxury makeup brand established by Mr. Yves Saint Laurent in 1962. YSL combines elegance and rebellion, and always pursues freedom and truth.

YSL DESSIN DES LEVRES LIP LINER PENCIL integrates lip liner, lip brush and sharpener. The fine and soft lip liner has excellent bendability, which can precisely outline a delicate lip shape. It can create an ideal lip makeup with a moisturizing and satisfying feeling. Infused with various wax ingredients, YSL DESSIN DES LEVRES LIP LINER PENCIL is brighter and shinier. Moreover, it improves the staying power that can last 6 hours. YSL has been regarded as the flagship in the lip makeup industry. This lip liner has many shades with a rich and bright hue, and you can choose it whatever you want.

Compared with the hair lip brushes of Dior and Chanel, the lip brush of Saint Laurent is a rubber smudging stick. You should smudge carefully due to its big brush head, avoiding outside your mouth to affect the whole makeup look.

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Clinique is a world-renowned high-end cosmetics brand of the Estée Lauder Group founded in New York in 1968. All products have passed allergy tests. Skin care and makeup products from Clinique are fragrance-free with high quality, and are highly recognized by consumers worldwide.

Moisturizing and nourishing are the main features of Clinique lip liner. Clinique lip liner is divided into two series: Quickliner and Chubby Stick™ Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm; both have an extremely smooth texture. The Quickliner series adopts an auto-rotating design with a tapered refill that can well outline the lip line. You can color evenly and quickly with a smooth touch. Infused with the formula that can keep hydrated for a long time, the lip liner offers an extraordinary staying power avoiding fading and feathering. However, the refill cannot be turned back after being turned out, so you should apply it with caution to avoid breaking.

The Chubby Stick™ Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm is laced with some moisturizing ingredients, which very suitable for use in dry circumstance. It also makes the lips plumper and glossier, creating cute and natural makeup look. A thin layer presents natural and gentle hue, while a thick layer creates bright and full lips. It has a special texture similar to lipstick and lip gloss, and it is suitable for daily use. The Chubby Stick™ Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm is available in 10 shades, which is suitable for daily outings or shopping to show the youthful vitality.

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URBAN DECAY is an American cosmetics brand founded by Wende Zomnir in 1996 and acquired by L'Oréal in 2012. The NAKED eyeshadow palette series has set a record of selling one palette every 7 seconds, and has sold 1 billion palettes since its launch in 2010.

The all-round Urban Decay GLIDE-ON LIP PENCIL ranked second in the ranking of the top ten lip liners on the US authoritative website Rank&style. The creamy GLIDE-ON LIP PENCIL offers strong staying power and is ultra waterproof. Infused with moisturizing ingredients, it is soft and skin-friendly. You can outline the lip shape smoothly, leaving a long-lasting lip makeup without drying out. The GLIDE-ON LIP PENCIL has many shades, and #ozone and #naked are the most famous among them. The #ozone is the transparent lip liner, which can fill and smooth lip lines.
And it can achieve a natural finish underneath the lipsticks. The #ozone is a versatile and practical lip primer, which helps improve the staying power of lip makeup. With distinctive and unique styles, the color of Urban Decay makeup is bold and avant-garde, and the products are full of sexy, interesting and feminine.

It has been at the forefront of the trend for more than 20 years. Urban Decay has been favored by girls and makeup celebrities, and has become one of the most popular makeup brands used by girls. Urban Decay GLIDE-ON LIP PENCIL has a simple package; and it is a lip liner pencil, you should buy an extra sharpener.

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M·A·C is a brand co-founded by the professional makeup artist and photographer Frank Toskan, and the hair salon chain owner Frank Angelo in Toronto in 1985. M·A·C was acquired by Estee Lauder Group in 1998. Therefore, MAC is also the first brand of Estee Lauder that was not created by Mrs Lauder. M·A·C has advanced and bold style in colors, and always brings surprise to people.  

The shades of LIP PENCIL are derived from its classic lipsticks, and achieve a more natural makeup look applied with the same shade lipstick. The soft LIP PENCIL glides smoothly on your lips without any pulling or tugging. You can outline and modify the lip line precisely with its delicate tip to create a three-dimensional lip makeup. The LIP PENCIL can present a matte finish with the saturated and rich colors. However, you may feel slightly dry out after applying to the whole lips.

The LIP PENCIL can modify and cover lip wrinkles effectively, and can be used as a primer to fill lip wrinkles. Compared with lipstick, it offers a stronger staying power, avoiding fading and feathering. Moreover, the long LIP PENCIL is more durable compared to other competitive products, and you should buy an extra sharpener.

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NYX is an American professional makeup brand founded in 1999. And it is a representative brand that has launched high quality products with affordable price. The NYX lip liner is ranked fourth in the ranking of the top ten lip liners of American fashion website Rank&style, and ranked first in the top ten open-shelf lip liner brands. NYX is known as MAC "cheap alternative".

NYX lip liner offers rich and bold colors. The classic SLIM LIP PENCIL and SUEDE MATTE LIP LINER both are available in more than 10 shades. The SLIM LIP PENCIL series is suitable for daily use with comprehensive and detailed shades; the SUEDE MATTE LIP LINER can be used as an eyeliner with its bold colors, which is a must-have lip liner for beauty celebrities.

The NYX RETRACTABLE LIP LINER is more like a smooth watercolor pen compared with lip liner pencil. It has rich colors and a tapered head, and you can outline natural lips easily and precisely. The RETRACTABLE LIP LINER also can be used to modify lips and fill lip wrinkles after lipstick, available in 16 shades.

The NYX lip liner can glide smoothly on your lips, and then outline lip shape easily. It also offers a strong staying power that can last about 6 hours, avoiding fading and feathering. The NYX lip liner is cost-effective. However, the NYX lip liner is a little bit dry, and you’d better moisturize your lips before applying.

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