Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Starting Off Project: Week 7 - Eyeliner

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The Starting Off Project
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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?

26 comments:

  1. My favorite type is gel liner. Although I adore the crispness and graphicness of liquid liner (if that makes sense). Kohls are the ones I use the least now (although they were all I used when I first started with makeup) but they're still a must in my kit because they're what I use on my waterline. I love eyeliner <3 Haha

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    1. I find that I don't seem to get a crisp line with gel liner, but I do love the way it sets and the texture. Wish there were a better way to apply it sometimes.

      xo

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  2. I usually prefer coal eyeliner, because i love the smokey look!! And your blog is so brilliant, it looks so professional and neat, what camera do you use to take the photos? It looks fantastic. Would you like to follow each other, if you do please please comment on my blog saying so, i will follow back:)!! xx

    http://perfectly--petite.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much Lydia!

      I use a Sony NEX-5R currently with the kit lens. I will be buying a few new lenses this year and hopefully that will improve things further. I have some studio lights coming on Thursday too.

      xo

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  3. I love gel eyeliners for a soft everyday look, but when I want drama or a cat eye I definitely lean towards liquid liners, they are definitely the most intense. For coloured liner I like pencils best for some unknown reason. So I cover all the bases haha. Love this post

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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    1. I have fallen for the new Mega Liner by Bourjois when it comes to liner. So easy and so black!

      xo

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  4. I'd love to master a good gel line! I quite fancy getting a really good waterproof one for my waterline - the ones i have just slide away. Love your photo, it looks so professional!

    Rebecca x
    http://cloudnineindulgence.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Me too Rebecca, if you manage it let me know!

      xo

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  5. for a while i did a lot of research into eyeliners. just b/c it was the beauty product i was first drawn to. ultimately i decided that getting xmas eyeliner sets were a good way to go and settled with the urban decay liners. which are great. have a mac one i really enjoy too but next up is the MUFE ones.
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. I have heard good things about the Urban Decay liners. How have you been getting on with them?

      xo

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  6. I like Urban decay's glide on eye pencils and Rimmel Scandal eyes kohl eye liners.

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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    1. Will be adding these to the list. :)

      xo

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  7. Your photography is amazing. I stopped using eyeliner, but I want to try liquid again or gel. I wasn't fond of the Maybelline gel liner I might try the Clinique one though. Very helpful post doll. x

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    1. Thank you Valerie. I stopped wearing liner for a long time too, but have recently started up with it again as I now compensate for my hooded eyes.

      xo

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  8. I want to try all of those eyeliners! I'm currently in the market for a new liquid eyeliner... had one from MAC a while ago but it dried out so quickly! Definitely will look out for that Rimmel one, thanks for the recommendation :)

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    1. I find that gel liners dry out fairly quickly and felt liners too, liquid seems pretty safe.

      xo

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  9. I'm a gel eyeliner kinda gal which is odd considering I used to struggle with simple kohl or kajal! Really like the sound of Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl Noir though, I'm a sucker for a new eyeliner... x

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    1. How do you get a good line? I forever struggle with that!

      xo

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  10. I love the dramatic finish of liquid liner, it can just be messy if you're not careful. Gel liners are always lovely if you get the right brush.
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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    1. I think this is my problem, maybe I need to get a dedicated liner brush.

      xo

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  11. love gel liners :) great blog
    Following you on GFC now, Will appreciate it if you can follow back too :)
    xx
    Red Alice
    http://redraoalice.blogspot.com/

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  12. My favourite gel liner is the clinique brush on liner which I have had for years and it is still going strong! My current fave liner is the perfect slim from Loreal x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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    1. I will bear this in mind when looking for a new one, thank you.

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