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July 25 2014

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Charlotte Tilbury Endorses Lip Liner in ’09

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According to Charlotte Tilbury, drag queens have given lip liner a bad name. But the nearly obsolete colored pencil is important, nay essential, to proper lip color application, or so said the makeup artist at Matthew Williamson yesterday, where an early-nineties woman and Helmut Newton photographs played muse. “We all have slightly uneven faces,” the flame-haired face-painter explained as she drew a brick red outline onto models’ lips with MAC’s Stripdown Lip Pencil, filling them in a with a similar shade of Lipstick called Half ‘n Half. Liner is key to creating evenness and definition—especially if you’re working with a strong lip color. “Even Penélope Cruz and Kate Moss need to use it,” Tilbury added, for any of you out there who still doubt its “legit” factor.

Photo: Greg Kessler

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