Gel, liquid, powder, pencil – eyeliner choices can be intimidating! What can be even more tricky is figuring out how to use each formula – I know it took me a while. The above are some of my absolute favorite eyeliners, and they all serve different purposes in terms of the type of look I am going for.
If I want to draw a clean, classic line along my upper lash line with no flick, I will always reach for a Bobbi Brown or Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in black. Maybelline’s version comes with a brush that I actually really like; it is the perfect size for creating a thin line.
When I am in the mood for a smudgey, smokey eye, Bobbi Brown’s Kajal Eyeliner is my go-to. The formula is really creamy and blendable, and never pulls or tugs at my lids. I will quickly draw a rough line, and then blend with the smudger at the other end of the pencil, or with a Mac 217 brush.
For cat-eyes, I’ll use either my favorite liquid liner of life, L’Oreal’s Super Slim, or, Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black, depending on the effect I want to achieve. If I want more of a crisp line, I will use the liquid liner. For a more smokey wing, I’ll use the pencil. Both pencils are incredibly easy to use [just be sure to sharpen the pencil to a very fine point], and last all. day. long.
If I want to really smoke things out for an evening look and apply liner to my waterline, I’ll use either Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eyeliner Crayon, which literally doesn’t move or smudge, or Mac’s Eye Kohl in Teddy, a bronze-brown that I use for a more subtle liner look. The Marc Jacob’s liner is also perfect for tight-lining [apply liner to the upper inner rim of the eyes] because it won’t smudge or gather at the corners of eyes. This is a great trick to emphasize the lash line and make lashes appear thicker.