Thursday, 11 June 2015

Liner Lineup - An Eyeliner-Obsessive's Top Picks

'Sup beauty nerds,

This is my eyeball with some makeup on it, namely a helluva lotta liner. If there's one thing you need to know about my entire relationship with makeup, it's this: eyeliner will always be my number one. It. Is. Amazing. It's a constant feature in any kind of makeup look I wear; I think I could honestly count on my one hand the number of times I've created any kind of look that didn't incorporate it. 

Over the years, I've gone through a ton of different brands and tried every type of liner out there and I feel like I've narrowed my choices down to a good, solid handful that I rely on for different looks. I figured there might be, at least, one other person out there on the interwebs that is potentially interested in hearing what they are, so this one's for you, whoever you are!

Kohl pencil liners were the first types of liner I used, back when I was fifteen and looked like this: 

I mean, this is probably not the best comparison because this is actually cute and the way I looked definitely was not, but you get the idea, right? Thankfully, I'm a bit more skilled now than I was nearly a decade ago and can (somewhat) skilfully apply kohl liner without it looking like I've rubbed coal around my eyes. I know you can use kohl liner for bold looks, but I pretty much exclusively use this type of liner for smokey and smudged looks and they're great for waterlines too! For the look I've included above, I used my trusty MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder to smudge out the bottom lash line and to line my waterline. I know it's a pricier pick than the ones that you can grab in Primark (£14 vs £1, ouch!), but they're way better (tried and tested, I promise) and they last an absolute age.

The majority of this liner look was achieved using a felt tip liner, which I've sworn by since I bought my first one. I've always used the same one and, even though I've tried other ones, I've always stuck with the Collection Extreme 24Hr Felt Tip Liner. I'd say that it's mainly because it's cheap (because I ain't scared to admit my poverty) but for three quid, it's a bloody good liner. In my humble (and definitely not professional) opinion, they're the best at creating a super neat wing: a personal fave of mine.

Gels are good, too! If you don't have one of those, I'd recommend you get one. I feel like gels are a nice combo between a kohl (for blend-ability) and a felt tip (for precision). I was soooo late to the gel game, I feel like I've missed out majorly because I'm totally obsessed with it now. I use Maybelline's Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. It's eight quid, lasts forever and comes with a brush. Boom! What's not to love?