Liquid eyeliner has always been in a category for those with skillful hands, but Sephora is breaking down those walls and making a flick of sleek black liner attainable for all. The brand's own Smart Liner ($14) has everything anyone could ever wish for in a liquid eyeliner: rich black pigment, smudgeproof, fine tip, great price, and (finally!) easy to apply. The unique ergonomic handle makes it fit comfortably in your right or left hand, so you have just the right grip to master everything from a superfine line to an artfully drawn cat eye. Plus, the clever design means even the clumsiest of hands have a chance to really master liquid liner application. What a stroke of genius!
Love the sexy look of liquid liner but hate how hard it is to achieve? If your hands are shaky or you just can't seem to keep that line straight, take a hint from Benefit co-founder Jean Ford — she swears by an oh-so-simple eyeliner technique that she's been using faithfully since the '70s. In honor of the launch of the brand's new Magic Ink Jet-Black Liquid Eyeliner, Ford shared this patented trick with us to help you achieve a flawless line like Lauren Conrad's here.
First, take your liquid liner brush and place it at the inner corner of your eyes. Say the phrase "Jimmy Jimmy dot" out loud, moving the brush over the upper lashline, but not touching the skin. Every time you say "dot," make a dot of black liner in between your lashes. When you've gotten to the outer corner of the eye, take the brush and connect the dots along your lashline. Space out the dots for natural-looking volume, or place them close together for a sleek line. No more shaky, broken lines!
It's a highly pigmented black that doesn't gray out when it dries, I can waterline with it (although it does sting for a second), and it didn't flake at all, let alone smudge. The brush is also ultra tiny, which is good if you want more control or aren't used to liquid. So if you're tired of black liner that isn't really black, or you're done with the inevitable under eye smudges from pencils, Magic Ink comes highly recommended.
Cat-eye liner is never out of style, but it's having a huge red carpet resurgence right now, and celebrities (with their stylists' help, of course) are coming up with increasingly cool and unique new takes on the classic look. Recently, I've seen a ton of gorgeous new looks on some of Hollywood's loveliest ladies, and since the rest of us don't have Pat McGrath to help us out, I decided to do step-by-step breakdowns for 10 of the best looks I've seen lately, so that you can do them yourself at home. They're pretty, sexy, edgy, and perfect for a holiday party. Are you as excited as I am? Then just click through.
Recently reader Nakeeyark was in a pinch. A "Buy Two, Get One Free" sale at her local drugstore prompted her to try out Wet 'n' Wild's H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner in Ultra Black ($4). She was impressed with this basic black shade, and here's what she had to say:
"I'm not a huge fan of liquid eyeliner. I much prefer MAC's gel Fluidlines. However, I needed some black eyeliner as I didnt have any to wear with my red lipstick. The staying power is unbelieveably good, and the black is a true black — no blue or brown to be found. I think the brush part of the handle is a tad too long, making it kind of difficult to apply the eyeliner, so I will probably cut the brush into a slant. For the price, however, this can't be beat."
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Have you ever used a product so long that it seems almost unnatural to have a makeup case without it? That's how I feel about this eyeliner, one of my first makeup purchases ever as recommended by the now-defunct YM magazine.
Although over the years, I've splurged on pricier liquid liners that I love as well, I have to give credit to this standout. Just as many of you love the ColorStay pencil, this is another amazingly longwearing product by Revlon. No matter if my day includes a trip to the gym, night of dancing, or just the day of work, there's always still a visible line on my eye when I get home to wash it off.
When I want a dramatic line on my eyes, I trust this one to let me get super close to my lash line with the tiny point I've mastered so well over the years (the one negative for beginners, I'd say) and don't think you can get anything better for this price – do you agree?
Jane Richardson, a makeup artist for Nars, gave me a great insider tip about liquid eyeliner. Did you know that it could also double as mascara? Since liquid eyeliner comes in so many more shade options, you can now have endless possibilities for mascara colors too!
When you've finished with your tube of mascara, don't throw out the wand. Thoroughly wash it off with soap and water, dip it into your liquid eyeliner and apply to your lashes! It dries quickly and lasts just as long as mascara. After you're finished, wash the wand off again and store it in a Ziploc baggie.
Welcome back to part two of Fantastic Felt-Tip Eyeliner Pens. In part one, we saw a mix of designer and drugstore brands. Today we take a peek at a couple of waterproof eyeliner pens.
LORAC Front Of The Line Waterproof Eyeliner ($20) is a waterproof and smudge-proof liquid eyeliner pen. This easy-to-use pen, which is more like a magic marker for your eyes, makes precision a cinch. Just draw a thin line for a classical seductress look, or a thick line for a more dramatic rocker type of eye. It is available in black, brown and dark green.
For one more waterproof felt-tip eyeliner pen, read more