The 12 Best Nude Lip Liners for Plumper, Younger-Looking Lips

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Lip liner has come a long way from the trusty pencils our grandmothers swore by. Once only used to keep lipstick “in the lines,” lip liners can now do anything from prime the lips, temporarily “fill” lines, nourish and even create a custom-to-you shade. Here, the best liners for every job.

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butter LONDON Plush Rush Lip Liner in Sensual Nude ($18)

The velvety, long-wearing formula houses filling spheres to help minimize wrinkles and increase the appearance of volume in your pout for a plumping effect while you wear it. 

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Catrice Cosmetics Lip Glow Lip Pencil ($4)

Specifically formulated to react with the pH of your lips to create a unique-to-you shade of pink, you can rest assured no one else will be wearing the exact same shade with this liner that’s perfect for every skin tone.

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Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Ground Control ($25)

If you favor a soft smudge around your pout instead of a perfectly crisp line, this pencil is for you. Designed to allow you a little bit of wiggle room after its applied in order to diffuse lines before binding to lips for long-lasting wear, this rich, chocolate-brown pencil sculpts the lips and enhances deep skin tones beautifully.

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Maybelline New York Color Sensational Highlighting Lip Liner ($8)

Yes, you read that right. This shimmery liner offers a metallic finish in three different hues to highlight the contours of your lips to create the look of a bolder, plumper pout (just like you contour your face). To use, define your Cupid’s bow, line slightly outside your natural lip line and the center of your lip curves. Then fill in with your go-to shade from the center of your lips outward. 

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Jouer Long-Wear Crème Lip Liner in Rose Shimmer ($16)

Pigmented enough to act as a lip color and water-resistant enough to keep it in place for hours, this dermatologist-tested liner is also packed with vitamin E to nourish lips and keep dryness at bay, unlike many other formulas. 

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Dior Rouge Dior Ink Lip Liner in Tender ($32)

Dior’s innovative felt-tipped pen is hailed for its long-wearing pigment—and easy ability to totally fill in lips in place of lipstick. This cool-toned mauve works best on medium-tan skin tones for that effortless, barely-there lip look.

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BUXOM PlumpLine Lip Liner in Incognito ($17)

Exfoliating lactic and citric acids combine with soothing jojoba, aloe and soybean oils to deliver a smoothed-out, plumped up pout in one swipe of this smooth, matte-finish liner. 

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MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Chestnut ($18)

Countless makeup artists swear by this cult-classic hue for dark skin tones. A true brown that’s neither too warm or too cool, this hue delivers a natural, show-stopping look every time, whether it’s used to line the lips, create an ombré effect or fill the entire pout.

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Stila Stay All Day Lip Liner in Pink Moscato ($20) 

Vitamin E locks in moisture while vitamin C delivers antioxidant protection in this vibrant, budge-proof liner that can be worn on its own or paired with your favorite lipstick or gloss. 

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Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk ($22)

Coveted for its ability to magically enhance every lip color and every skin tone, this celebrity-loved fits-all shade delivers dimension and the perfect pinky-nude hue in one step.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty (P)outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Primrose ($24)

Infused with collagen to keep lips looking and feeling kissably smooth, this gel lip pencil glides on without ever feeling dry and stays on until you take it off. 

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Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Bow N Arrow ($18)

Like the brand’s cult-classic Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, these offerings deliver bold color that feels comfortable all day without any slipping in sight. Even better, because all 30 shades were hand-picked by Kat herself, there’s a perfectly matching Liquid Lipstick or Studded Kiss Lipstick to layer on top if you wish. 

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