This $6 Drugstore Lip Liner Is My Secret Weapon for Full Lips

Yes, really.

This $6 Drugstore Lip Liner Is My Secret Weapon for Full Lips

Lip liner has always been the unsung hero of our makeup bags. It often gets ignored while its cousin, lipstick, gets all of the attention. But there’s a lot more to liner than meets the eye—er, lips. You can use it to define your pout, prevent lipstick from bleeding, and make thin lips look fuller. In fact, Marilyn Monroe’s makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder, used a darker liner on the edges of her lips to create her signature contoured look. 

Ever since I was a Nancy-from–The Craft wannabe teen lining my lips with black eyeliner and filling them in with red lipstick (hey, it was a look), I was aware of the power that lip liner could wield. While my lips are naturally pretty full, I always prefer to use a liner to define my Cupid’s bow and create dimension. “If you have full lips, lip liner can be your best friend because it can define your lip shape and give you some extra lip insurance underneath your lipstick or lip gloss,” says Stephanie Valentine, aka Glamzilla, the Toronto-based makeup artist and beauty influencer. While she lauds lip liner for its versatility, she does point out that certain formulas are better. “Gel formulas will glide better on the lips, while a traditional lip liner is better for shaping and defining,” she says.  

I kept Valentine’s tips in mind when I was looking for the best drugstore lip liners to add to my arsenal. Thankfully, there are a lot of good options out there, but the one that got me immediately hooked was Covergirl Exhibitionist Lip Liner in Cherry Red ($6).

It has everything: rich pigment, velvety texture, and a self-sharpening pencil. The tip is precise and sharp on one side and flat and angled on the other, so whether I need more definition or want to fill in my entire lip, I can easily do so in a pinch. (Keeping that in mind if for some reason I stray from my habit of lugging around five red lipsticks at all times.)

Because Cherry Red is more of a coral-red, I thought it would be perfect to do a contoured look but something a little wilder—instead of another red, I opted for a bubblegum-pink matte liquid lipstick in the center! I used Suva Beauty's Moisture Matte Liquid Lipstickin Abstract Thoughts ($18) to create the ultimate summer Popsicle look.

Important tip: Keep in mind that lip liners (and lipsticks, for that matter) tend to build up around the lip area, leading to dry patches and clogged pores. Take care of your mouth by removing all of your lip product and using a scrub and mask at night. I like to use Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip Remover ($14)—it gets everything off—then Kopari Coconut Lip Scrubby ($16), and last but not least, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($22) before going to bed.

With plenty of shades to choose from, this liner from Nyx Professional Makeup has a traditional tip for definition but a smooth formula for easy blending and filling in.

What’s better than a great lip liner? A lip liner that already has a pairing lipstick on the other end of it! The price for this two-in-one product cannot be beaten. 

With 14 shades to choose from with this retractable liner, you’ll be able to create a ton of looks. Why not be adventurous and use two liners at a time?

No need to worry about your lipstick getting out of line (no pun intended) with this long-lasting liner from L.A. Girl.

Prettify your pout with this creamy lip liner from Drew Barrymore’s line. (She is a lipstick icon after all!)

This innovative gel liner from the cruelty-free brand Wet n Wild ensures comfortable, long-lasting wear for a fraction of the price of higher-end brands.

You’ll get a perfectly drawn-on pout that never feels dry with this L’Oréal liner, as it contains nourishing omega-3 and vitamin E.

Mented’s lip liners are waterproof, so you’ll be good no matter how many beverages you have at your desk that day. 

You won’t be stressing about feathering with this liner if its smudge-proof formula has anything to say about it!

Two bucks—need I say more? This creamy formula comes in a range of shades to choose from.

The color payoff on these Milani lip liners is so good you’ll want to stock up. 

Although your lips will feel soft and supple thanks to the presence of vitamin E and jojoba oil, you won’t have to worry about this stunning lip liner smudging. 

Your lips are in for a treat with this vegan lip liner from The Lip Bar, which is Infused with both aloe vera and jojoba oil.

While the application goes on like butter, the pigments on these liners is also something to tell your group chat about.  Up next: There Are Hundreds of TikTok-Famous Beauty Items, But These 18 Are Legit

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"I Recommend It Often": Why Derms Say Glycolic Acid Peels Are the Gold Standard

Brighter and smoother skin is just one of the benefits.

"I Recommend It Often": Why Derms Say Glycolic Acid Peels Are the Gold Standard

You might have heard about the refreshing and rejuvenating effects of glycolic acid peels, but maybe you weren't really sure how they worked and if there were any pros and cons. Well, we're here to walk you through the amazing powers a glycolic acid peel can have on your skin. We asked two dermatologists to help us break down the ins and outs of the treatment so you can figure out if it's right for your specific skin type and your own skin needs and concerns.

So first, it's probably important to start with what exactly glycolic acid is. "Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) made from sugarcane," explains Ife Rodney, MD, FAAD, of Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetics. "It is a popular active ingredient in skincare for its exfoliation properties. In low concentrations, it can be used as a face wash or in leave-on creams or lotions. You can apply a glycolic acid solution to the face, which is called a chemical peel or glycolic peel. Glycolic peels remove the stratum corneum (the outermost layers of the skin) and clear clogged pores to reveal fresh, smooth, and bright skin. Glycolic acid peels come in different concentrations, ranging from 20% up to 70%. They target different types of acne, skin discoloration, or uneven tone and texture."

"Glycolic peels have some amazing benefits. By removing those dull, damaged layers and dead skin cells, you can address skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, photoaging, scars, uneven skin tones, fine lines, wrinkles, and even clear up acne," Rodney says. "It also stimulates collagen production and keeps excess oil at bay, giving you healthier skin for longer. It's a procedure I recommend to my patients often, especially if they've struggled with skin discoloration or simply want more youthful, glowing skin."

Co-founder and partner of Dermatology and Surgery Specialists of North Atlanta Kathleen S. Viscusi, MD, FAAD, FACMS, says the treatment is good for anyone who has general concerns over skin tone and texture and is looking for a noninvasive way to target those issues. Rodney adds that glycolic acid peels at lower concentrations are generally safe for all skin types. "Patients in generally good health who struggle with mild acne and uneven skin tones are good candidates," she explains. "Even then, your dermatologist will start with a mild glycolic peel (a 20% concentration) to help avoid potential burning or skin irritation. If all works well, they'll increase the concentration since you should do a series of multiple peels to get the best results."

But if you have sensitive skin or know that you're sensitive to acids, Viscusi says you may want to avoid getting the peels. Rodney says that if you have an active infection of the skin (bacterial, viral, or fungal), you should also avoid peels until the condition clears. The same goes for sunburns. "If you've been using prescription medication (specifically retinols or retinoids) to treat acne, adding a glycolic peel can cause burning and discoloration of your skin," Rodney adds. You should stop the retinols for two weeks before your glycolic peel. If you have sensitive skin or suffer from overactive scars like keloids, then chemical peels (including glycolic peels) may not be right for you. Be sure to speak with your dermatologist before getting a peel done."

And there's a common misconception that darker skin types should avoid chemical peels. Rodney says that people of color are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, so she suggests working with a dermatologist instead of trying at-home peels.

As for side effects, you will probably experience some mild ones like you would with any treatment. "Directly after your peel, your most common side effects will be your skin feeling tight, potentially burning a bit, and appearing red," Viscusi says. "It's also extremely common to experience some dryness, flakiness, redness, and, of course, peeling in the days following your peel. How much you peel depends on the strength of your peel. Regardless, never pull the peeling skin off; let it fall on its own. For intense peeling, it may be safe to trim excess skin with clean, sharp scissors, but any skin still attached to the face should be left alone. Before trying the latter, I'd consult your dermatologist and their medical esthetician for safety and guidance."

Rodney adds that you might also notice a breakout or two, but as the skin heals, you'll begin to see results after seven to 14 days, depending on the depth of the peel.

"A week or two prior to your appointment, be sure to avoid any exfoliants, including manual exfoliation and any exfoliating products such as retinols and retinoids," Viscusi says. "This can lead to increased irritation. I also advise avoiding any harsh scrubs or any AHAs, BHAs, or PHAs the week prior." You'll also want to avoid bleaching, waxing, or a lot of sun exposure. Rodney says if you plan on being in the sun before your peel, be sure to use sunscreen.

And if you're doing a medium-depth peel, your dermatologist might give you a combination of topical treatments to prep your skin in the weeks leading up to the peel. Rodney says it's important to stay consistent with the skincare regimen in order to have a better experience.

"After your glycolic peel, your skin is sensitive, especially when it starts to peel, so hydrating your skin should be your top priority," Rodney says. "Use moisturizers with lots of humectants, ceramides, and other hydrating properties. Glycolic acid peels also increase your risk of sun damage. Avoid the sun or wear protective hats and shades if you have to head outside. Of course, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen (with an SPF of at least 30) every morning with reapplication throughout the day."

Viscusi adds that you'll want to avoid any exfoliating products or devices, and be very gentle with the skin.

Since glycolic peels are quite powerful and must be handled carefully, Rodney doesn't recommend performing glycolic peels at home, since the chances of chemical burns and hyperpigmentation are very high, especially for people of color. "If you still choose to do them at home, start with the lowest concentration possible (about 5% to 10%)," Rodney says. "Read the instructions carefully and perform a test on a small area of your skin. Then, closely inspect the results after a few days. You should also put away all exfoliating treatments, retinol, and products with AHAs and BHAs to prevent skin damage. When you're done, seal as much moisture back into your skin as possible with a moisturizer with sunscreen."

Viscusi also recommends consulting a board-certified dermatologist before performing at-home peels and to look for derm-recommended products. We compiled a few options below.

Rodney says this peel contains equal parts glycolic, mandelic, and polyhydroxy acids that are effective at removing dead skin cells and brightening your skin.

"They are a great option for easy application," Viscusi says. "These powerhouse pads contain a triple acid blend of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid in conjunction with a retinoid to dramatically fade hyperpigmentation and target lines and wrinkles!"

Rodney likes this at-home peel, saying it has a low concentration of glycolic acid, but it's still strong enough to exfoliate your skin, remove minor dark spots, and soften wrinkles.

"It is a great at-home option. It contains glycolic acid along with papain and bromelain enzymes to provide exfoliation and remove dead skin cells while diglycerin, kukui-seed oil, and safflower-seed oil replenish hydration and lipids to help restore and reinforce the skin barrier," Viscusi says.

This peel is infused with 10% glycolic acid and retinol plus 10% phytic acid, caviar lime extract, and fruit enzymes. It's formulated to improve skin tone and texture and also reduce the signs of aging.

This overnight cream will brighten your skin since it stimulates the skin's natural exfoliation process and minimizes the buildup of debris. It contains 10% glycolic acid, 2% phytic acid, and 1% soothing complex (natural oils and botanicals).

A Who What Wear editor favorite, these peel pads work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pores, and acne scars. Ingredients include a blend of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids.

These exfoliating pads clear pores, slough off dead skin cells, tone the skin, and encourage cell renewal. In addition to the trio of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids, the formula also contains witch hazel to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Paula's Choice's AHA/BHA peel is a rinse-off peel that brightens the skin and refines texture. The formula contains a 25% blend of AHAs (glycolic, lactic, mandelic, tartaric, and malic acids) and 2% of the BHA salicylic acid. It also has butterfly pea flower, which calms redness and any irritation.

First Aid Beauty's radiance pads contain botanical extracts, which aren't irritating but still work to target hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and inflammation. They're also formulated with glycolic and lactic acids.

This one is a supercharged at-home peel with 30% glycolic acid. Other ingredients include larch tree extract to increase and retain moisture plus chamomile and cucumber extracts to soothe irritation.

Goop's peel pads are inspired by the treatments you would get at the dermatologist's office. Formulated with 15% glycolic acid, Australian kakadu plum, and hyaluronic acid, the formula is meant to be applied at night and rinsed off in the morning.

Each of these pads contains 10% glycolic acid and 10% salicylic acid to unclog pores, slough off dead skin cells, promote cell renewal, and target acne and acne scars. Next: I Had No Idea Serums Could Reduce Redness, But These Reviews Sold Me

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