Precise bottom lines and exaggerated cat eyes are big this season, judging by the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier’s and Lanvin’s fall 2014 shows. But shopping for the perfect eyeliner isn’t easy. Every story about an eyeliner is how it smudged before your big date, how it wasn’t worth the money… I’ve heard it all before. To solve your eyeliner gripes, I’ve rounded up the top 5 eyeliners that Sassy loves.
LIQUID LINER 101
This one is for the novices. Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner is a great starting point to mastering that coveted feline flick. The relatively chubby applicator tip is forgiving to an unsteady hand, and the affordable price point gives you room to upgrade as soon as you grow comfortable with a liquid formula. Sassy tip: when shopping for liquid eyeliner, always opt for the waterproof formula – especially in hot, humid Asia! You won’t regret it.
DRAW THE LINE
Smudge-proof, budge-proof and foolproof, Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Eyeliner encompasses all things good about eyeliner. The matte black gel formula comes out through an angled tip for a precise line that lasts all day. It’s hard not to ramble on, so I direct you to its headline feature in the August edition of Beauty News Flash here.
MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder produces an perfectly smudged line every time. The kohl formula is dry enough to resist smearing all over your grease-prone crease, but soft enough to produce a sultry smokey eye. The white version in this line, dubbed Fascinating, is an especially good find; use it along your waterline to brighten tired-looking eyes.
PENCIL IT IN
For a budget-friendly, no nonsense choice, I turn to CoverGirl Queen Collection Eyeliner. The self-sharpening design gives you an eyeliner that will always glide on with a perfect point. And at this price point, why not stock up on all six colours? Sassy tip: draw along your lash line from the outer corner inwards to avoid wrinkles.
POT OF GOLD
Available in 14 stunning shades, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner is Sassy approved. This award-winning little pot of gel is long-wearing, water-resistant and featherlight without sacrificing an ounce of pigment. With your favourite angled eyeliner brush, swipe a clean line close to your lashes for the effect of a liquid eyeliner. To ensure a long-lasting application, remember not to tamper with the line until it dries.