Get 2021’s Version of the 90s Lip with These Liner + Lipstick Combos


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Nude lips brimmed with dark-brown liner is one trend that always stirs up our 90s nostalgia. But with a modern take comes a twist and this time around, beauty lovers are adding gloss to the mix. Beyoncé, Megan The Stallion, Hailee Steinfeld, and Priscilla Ono are frequent wearers of the visible liner style that’s now being coupled with neutral cream lipsticks or high gloss formulas.


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And this retro lip trend re-emergence couldn’t have come at a better time! We’ve been hard at work finalizing a versatile collection of new nudes and a revamp of our cult-fave Lip Contour just for you. Introducing our new Power Bullet Cream Glow lipsticks and our new and improved Lip Contour 2.0, which has a new creamy, lightweight, and super long-lasting formula!

With a creamy, butter-like texture that glides on like silk, our new Power Bullet Cream Glow comes in two gorgeous shade collections: Bossy Browns for badass bawses and our Sweet Nudes, a variety of plush pinks inspired by the power of love. The combo of our intensely pigmented Lip Contour 2.0 paired with the sexy, high-shine creamy lipstick gives the ultimate 90s lip look.

The Shade of It All

Historically in cosmetics, ‘nude’ was often referred to as a pale pink shade, which of course is not a realistic representation of what ‘nude’ truly is. Nude is personalized and a collective shade that is diverse and reflective of one’s own skin tone. That’s why we launched our Nude Obsessions palettes two years ago in three complexion ranges: light, medium, and rich to illustrate true-to-you nudes that are well-suited for all complexions. We’ve shared this mantra with our new lipstick collections, so while you can wear any shade you love, we’ve also categorized them into light, medium and rich so you can easily find your go-to nude.

In our previous post, we showed you how to match your Power Bullet Cream Glow lipstick with its Lip Contour 2.0 shade equivalent. But you probably know by now that we always have a beauty hack up our sleeve wear these babies solo for a plump pucker, or mix and match your liner and lipsticks to replicate Instagram’s trending cocoa-lined pout.

Lip Contour 2.0 Meets The Power Bullet Cream Glow

In order to achieve 90s lip perfection the 2021 way, you require just three essentials:

  1. Your signature nude cream lipstick.
  2. A contrasting lip pencil that is 2-3 shades deeper than your lip color and,
  3. A transparent lip gloss or reflective balm for a glassy topcoat finish.

Of course, we’ve also curated a list of dynamic liner and lipstick duos from our new Lip Contour 2.0 and Power Bullet Cream Glow range to help you master the now modernized old-school lip trend in just two steps:

The Category is: Light

Pair your Power Bullet Cream Glow in Empress with Lip Contour 2.0 in Sandy Beige for a subtle ombre. Complement the lipstick’s warm beige tint with a flush of rosy, peach shadow on the lids and subtle gold shimmer.

Love a more pinky undertone? Power Bullet Cream Glow in Angel paired with Lip Contour 2.0 in Muted Pink will provide just that. An outlined barely-there lip like this looks gorgeous with natural makeup, so combine this lip look with some BB cream, feathery brows, and champagne highlighter for an effortlessly pristine beat.

The Category is: Medium

We highly recommend combining Power Bullet Cream Glow in Money Maker with Lip Contour 2.0 in Warm Brown. A little more on the richer side, lightly apply Money Maker in soft, sheer layers for second-skin coverage that will also showcase your natural lip tint.

For a pinkier choice, we love the combo of Power Bullet Cream Glow in Baby Face and Lip Contour 2.0 in Deep Rose. To take this gorgeous lip from day to night, apply the liner over your entire lip for a more saturated gradient. You can also add a bit of gold shimmer to the center for maximized highlights.

The Category is: Rich

Power Bullet Cream Glow in Self Made and Lip Contour 2.0 in Rich Brown look too good together! Wear this to brunch with the girls (or just to feel fly at home), pairing it with a neutral glossy eye to keep things light and bare, or amp up the drama with a copper metallic smoky like below.

Maybe you’re looking for a Self-Made type of lip but with a hint of pink? That’s our Power Bullet Cream Glow in Habibi a deep pink with a delicate purple undertone. This shade is best defined with Lip Contour 2.0 in Deep Rose. Fill the corner of your lips with liner and then add lip color to the center of your lips for a more accentuated and plump lip shape.