Liquid eyeliner: The best of the best
Liquid eyeliner is key to any discerning make-up fan’s kit. When done properly a little of the black stuff can make eyes look bigger and brighter, and your lashes thicker and darker. But not all ink is created equal. Here, we breakdown the liquid all-stars which are guaranteed to create perfect peepers.Pen precision
Eyeliner novice? Using a felt-tip applicator makes life a whole lot easier. Topshop’s Magic Liner in Engraved is a great option for beginners, as it creates clear, defined lines without any mess. And the black ink is not only long-lasting, but smudge-proof too. But if you're feeling the need for a more dramatic look, Lord & Berry’s Perfecto Long Lasting Waterproof Graphic Eye Liner is a quick and easy way to achieve a graphic line. To use this chubby felt-tip marker, apply a fine line at the the base of the lashes, then proceed to line from the inner corner of the eyes to the outer corner, graduating in thickness as you go – the marker tip gives the user full control.
There are times when a quick swipe of ink is all that's needed to open up the eye. Though many liquid eyeliners have a very thin brush, they’re easy to use with a little practice. Try Bourjois’ Erasable Liner, a black liquid liner with a fine brush, that comes with a built-in rubber tip allowing you to instantly correct mistakes. Totally fool-proof! Or go the luxury route with Dior Style Liner. This product has a fine point which means you can build up subtle fines and tiny flick with easy.
For the more experienced liner users, gel liners are well worth a try for the long-wearing factor alone. One of our favourites has to be Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner, which has intensely black pigment and comes in a good-sized pot. Use with a fine brush to recreate the fluidity of a liquid liner in the ease of a gel. It’s water-resistant too! If a pot seems a bit intimidating, but you still want to try out gels, look no further than Benefit’s They're Real Push-up Gel Liner. It glides on in seconds thanks to a smooth gel formula and the clever angled tip.
Perfect the cat eye
You don’t need to be a professional to achieve a perfect cat eye, but having the right tools is essential. For those wanting to emulate beauty icons such as Brigitte Bardot or Kate Moss, investing in a seriously versatile eyeliner pen such as Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper is a worth every penny. This double-ended pen has two different sized nibs to work with, one especially fine which is ideal for elegant feline flicks, and the other a little larger, and perfect for full-on cat eyes.
Charlotte Tilbury’s The Feline Flick eyeliner pen is another great option, as the glossy liquid sets quickly and with no need for re-tracing. To achieve the perfect angled flick, draw a fine line as close as possible to the lash line, thickening the line when you are two thirds of the way, before gently sweeping the pen slightly upwards. Draw a dot where the flick should end, approximately 2mm from the end of your eye, and connect the line. And voila! An elegant cat eye in seconds.