These Under-$20 Lip Liners Will Finally Convince You to Use One

It’s baaaaaaaack. No, we don’t mean weird ’90s hair with tiny butterfly clips or v low-rise jeans (may they RIP) or Hanson (are they already back?). We’re talking that *other* ’90s fave…lip liner. Remember those days (pre-kids!) when you had hours to perfect your pout by first outlining your pucker then topping it off with a moody lippie that was just a touch too shimmery? Who even were you? Thank the effing beauty universe that the trends have shifted and accept the fact that the coolest look of the moment is a modern matte that’s best mastered with a quick liner.

Liners do have a practical purpose, too: Whether you want to nix lipstick feathering on a big night out (you fancy!) or sketch your lips a little larger than life (full-on Kylie vibes), there’s a liner for every look. Here’s our list of the top lip liners under $20. Collect ’em all! (We’re kidding, but do try a few shades depending on the lewk you want).

NYX Professional Makeup Slide On Lip Pencil

This user-favorite comes with exceedingly high praise “After buying one and trying it, I bought three more,” says Kath on Amazon. It glides on super smooth and offers good coverage whether you’re topping it off with a lipstick or wearing it solo (one less step!) But the best part? It’s available in 28 different shades, and at only $8, it’s hard to not scoop up a few.


Pacifica Magical Multi-Pencil Prime & Line Lips Eyes & Face

OK, here’s a product that’s finally answered our dreams: One liner to rule them all! The Pacifica Magical Multi-Pencil is indeed magical—it lets you line your lips, rim your eyes and prime any pesky blemishes all in one go. Does it get any better?


e.l.f. Lip Liner & Blending Brush

This liner comes with its own blending brush, making liner application pretty fool-proof even if you’re a novice. Simply outline your lips and then fill them in with small strokes of the pencil, then use the brush to create a blotted look that adds soft dimension. We also love the twist-up feature (Read: no sharpening! Because that’s about the LAST thing you need to remember to do—sharpen your lip liner).


C’est Moi Luminary Lip Crayon

The texture of this lip crayon is super creamy and moisturizing—meaning it doubles as a tinted balm. Line and fill in your pucker, then rest easy knowing that the formula is fully vegan and both dermatologist-tested and clinically tested to be hypoallergenic and free of toxic components like mineral oil, talc, and propylene glycol. Because the last thing you want on your lips are “toxic components.” No thx!


Bare Minerals Gen Nude Under Over Lip Liner

Wear this creamy liner underneath your fave lipstick to prime your pout and keep feathering at bay, or use it after you apply to help line your outer edges and keep things looking sharp. (Ideal for those shaky-hand moments when you’re doing your makeup routine on your a.m. commute.)


L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner

This formula is beloved by beauty gurus the world-over for its mattifying finish and legit staying power.  “Goes on smooth without drying my lips,” says Elizabeth on Amazon. “Once it sets, it stays put,” states Mplp11. Rock it alone or with lipstick—it’s available in eight shades for a variety of skin tones.


Milani Color Statement Lipliner

The nude hue of this liner holds up to pricier counterparts, say lots of Amazon reviewers. It’s super matte, though, so try a balm underneath for extra hydration. Then use this pretty pencil to line and define.


Huda Beauty Lip Contour Matte Pencil

Beloved beauty blogger Huda Kattan’s Lip Contour Pencil is known for its big payoff—a single swipe stays on all day, glides on easily and is fully waterproof and transfer-proof (unlike your toddler’s jelly-toast kisses, might we add). Add a lil drama to your look by outlining just beyond your natural lip line. Sooo many good shades to choose from.


Maybelline New York ColorSensational Precision Lip Liner

Here’s a pro tip from a few Amazon reviewers: The Maybelline line of precision lip liners coordinate perfectly with their ColorSensational lip colors, which means you can create your own version of Kylie Jenner’s lip kits for way less. This formula “looks better and lasts longer,” says Joleen. But if the matchy-matchy thing is too much for you (we get it!), go for the translucent liner and top with your fave lip color.


Revlon ColorStay Lipliner

We all know the point in the day/night when your lip color starts to get blurrier and blurrier, but luckily this liner stops the bleeding in its tracks. Line and fill in your lips with the pencil, then add a dusting of translucent powder before applying your fave lipstick hue to ensure it won’t budge even a millimeter.


HAUS Laboratories by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s beauty line is beloved by little monsters (Gaga stans, not your kiddos lol) and regular humans alike, per the 4.5 stars and 173 reviews on Amazon at press time. The demi-matte, highly pigmented liner goes on like a lipstick but feels weightless. It’s waterproof and long-wearing, to boot.


Rimmel Moisture Renew Lip Liner Transparent

You’re gonna love this one, and its $4 price tag. The transparent liner eliminates the stress of finding *the perfect color*—just line your lips to form a shea barrier and top with your fave lip color shade to lock it in all. damn. day.


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