A GREAT liner is a make-up bag and kit staple when it comes to defining the eyes, mastering retro feline flicks or turning a look from daytime gorgeous to utterly glamorous. There are a wide variety of different applicators and formulas makes it easier than ever to get it right. Half the battle of mastering liquid liner is choosing the right product and brush that’s the most comfortable for you.
Here are some of my favorites!
for under $20
Sephora Velvet Eyeliner Appliques
This is not technically a liner, but If you’re a makeup novice, or simply want to try the cat-eye look as a special-night-out makeover, these appliques from Sephora are the perfect solution. The peel-off stickers come ready to apply for instant glamour. ($5)
Physician's Formula Last Boosting 2 in 1 Felt Tip Liner + Serum*, $11
The brush is small and easy to manage (like the Stila), the liner itself lasts all day and is a rich black that doesn't flake. The quick-dry formula dries matte and seems pretty budge-proof even on my hooded lids. Yes, the tip does get dry after you've done your first eyelid-- wipe the tip with a Kleenex, recap, and shake the h*ck out of it before moving on your second lid.
NYX Curve Eyeliner*, $15
LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. The ease of use of the NYX curved liner is great, though a bit weird at first but you will quickly got used to that. You can create cat flicks very easily and it surprisingly does stay put all day. It isn't waterproof.
Max Factor Masterpiece Glide & Define Liquid Eye Liner. ($11.95)
Max Factor liner is perfect for creating a very precise, thin line, close to the lashes.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($19)
This has a super-easy felt-tip applicator if you’re new to the liquid liner game.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner ($20)
Easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use and delivers any look—from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke. It goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day.
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner ($19)
This is one of the best, longest lasting and it comes in an array of colors. You need to remove a bit of the product form the brush before you apply, so that it dries faster. This product is not joking when it says “waterproof”. The thin brush draws liquid lines so sharp they could cut glass. The brush is also short and easy to control, making it ideal for liquid liner newbies.
FOR OVER $20
Hourglass Calligraphy (pictured at top, left) ($32),
A well-engineered liquid felt-tip liner. Out of the box, this liner is ready to deliver a steady, predictable, precise line without requiring any practice. There is no pumping or twisting required. One simply applies that tip where one likes, and the pen does the rest of the work. The ink is beautiful, bold and lasts all day. If you’d like more ink to flow, simply press the liner tip on the back of your hand to freshly saturate the tip. At $32, it is in line with the price range of other high end liquid liners.
Chanel’s Automatic Liquid Eyeliner (pictured above, right) ($34) & Le Metier de Beaute Precision Liquid Liner (pictured above, bottom) ($42). I live for a pen like Le Metier's liner. I think what really wins me over is the tiny packaging. It's a slender, small plastic cylinder is easy to grip and get close up against the eye without having this bulky, wide tube to handle. Most often the packaging of liquid liners seems so wide and large, which makes it so much more difficult to hold and apply. This tiny liner takes the difficulty out of the process. This liner has a slightly shorter, much thinner barrel than what you usually see from a liquid liner - and for some reason, that really helps with application. The firm tip also contributes to this - the base of the marker is quite wide, but tip is extremely fine, which prevents unwanted "wiggling" while still allowing for a very precise line. This pen is so precise that I can use it to tightline in between lashes - in fact, it's fantastic for that purpose.
The color itself of the Le Metier de Beaute Precision Liquid Liner isn't ultraslick or ultradark black - it's just a very wearable, day-to-day black that you can build to be darker if desired. The same can be said with the Chanel’s Automatic Liquid Eyeliner. What you are buying with Chanel liner, more than anything, is the name. There is not much new, but it is very good. However, it's also not very black. With both pens, the ink flows very smoothly, with no dragging, patchiness, or inksplosions. I've never had either skip on an eyelid. They both are not watery at all and they dry almost immediately so there's no chance of the makeup transferring anywhere. Both of these pens last all day long and then some.
Last but not least!
Benefit’s They’re Real Push Up Liner ($24)
The hype behind this product is not something new in makeup, a product that promises to make your life easier - as far as eyeliner application goes! It came out last year and it did make a splash, it won awards. But does it change your life? Hmm, sort of.
Its tip is thin and made to hug the lash line, making eye lining easier than ever! It is not a brush nor a sponge and that means it doesn't absorb product, and small hairs of the brush won’t flyaway messing with your line. Many times “pen” eyeliners tend to “collect” eye shadow on their tip and as a result, they don’t “write” well. This is something that will not happen with They’re real push up liner! The material which the tip is made from, allows us to disinfect it, so using it on different faces is not off the table! So it's great for any MUA kit.
THINGS I LOVE!