The Starting Off Project
Eyeliner: a fairly touch and go beauty product for some, but it's all about this defining tool as we step into week 7 of The Starting Off Project.
I remember my first eyeliner, a liquid number from Bourjois that had me quaking in my trainers wondering if I was going to poke my eye out or be left with what looked like someone had punched me in the face. Well, the first try wasn't great, but the age old adage of 'practise makes perfect' goes a long way. Even just a week later my lines weren't as wobbly and I didn't look quite so much like Morticia Addams (maybe bring it back for Halloween though)! Eyeliner isn't essential but, paired with mascara, can really open up your eyes and give you that definition you've been searching for. Today, I use lots of different eyeliners and varying ways to achieve a 'barely there' eyeliner look for every day and can easily vamp it up for evening use. But, what eyeliner do you pick if you're just starting out?
Kohl is a very common starting point for most eyeliner users, and one I know I have invested in time after time. In pencil form, this needs sharpening to get at all the product, but leaves you with a very grungy and hardwearing line that just can't be achieved with any other formulation. I tend to use this if I don't want to spend my time putting together an entire eye makeup look. A smudged out kohl line works wonders to open up your peepers! Then you've got your liquid products, something a lot of people shy away from but I've found to be a real lifesaver if you invest the time. Some aren't as black, some flake away, but if you find the perfect one then you can get slick glossy or matte lines that last all day and night. Most of the time you'll have a little brush as the applicator, but I have found some liquids to come with what feels and looks like a felt tip nib, great for precise drawing. Then you have your gel eyeliners, perfect for when you know you're going to be out and about all day and want to guarantee it won't budge. Much softer than kohl, gel sees you use a brush to apply and is so easy to set in place. If you've never used gel, it's worth investing in a good quality one to experiment with, especially if you're fancying putting some false lashes on for that wow-factor!
One thing to bear in mind with eyeliner is the type of definition you want to achieve. Personally I like a very thin line, close to my lashes which makes them appear much fuller and longer. Others opt for a much thicker line which tapers from the inner corner down to the outer corner. A 'flick' is optional, but does widen those eyes further. You do have to be careful that you're not extending the liner up too far into the crease of your eye, not only will it look like you've painted your entire lid with black, but you'll get horrendous smudging. A big no-no, unless you're going to a KISS convention.
Some of my favourite eyeliners are Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner, so easy to apply with the small brush and really stays put. Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner is something I reach for any time I'm having a night out. I can guarantee it's not going anywhere plus it takes me no time at all to apply it once I've got my basic line down. For my grungey or smokey eye looks I either use Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl Noir or Topshop Kohl in Coal, both easily blend-able with but take a little warming up before they glide on effortlessly.
What eyeliner is your favourite and what do you plan on getting next?