Eyeliner can really transform your eyes, and give you that dramatic glamorous look. The technique can be tricky, but once you’ve mastered it, you will never go back.
Eyeliner comes in many types, including gel, liquid, felt pen, pencil and shadow liners. If you’re just starting out, your best bet is to practice with an eye shadow and an angled brush (like the Mac 266 brush). You can plot the line in slowly starting from the inner corner, and if you make a mistake you can just blend it in and start again.
Once you’re feeling confident, try out a liquid liner which comes with a brush (normally in the lid). Look down into a mirror and use one sweep to line the eye from the inner corner outwards. Liquid and gel eyeliners give the most dramatic effect, and once dried will last all day.
An eye pencil can give you a beautiful soft line, and is really easy to blend into your upper and lower water line. If you want to go for the full on smoky eye effect, line the lashes with liquid or gel with a flick, then fill in your upper and lower water line with a smudgy black kohl pencil.Tip: If you want to create a flick with your liner, draw it in first with your eyes open, then line the eyes and connect the flick.
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Best Budget Eyeliner Buys
Mac Eye Kohl in Smoulder
This Mac Kohl Pencil is a makeup bag essential. It’s super soft, easy to blend and never seems to crumble or break. Looks great smudged into the water line.
Mac Eye Kohl £14.00
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Blackberry and Black
I heard so many recommendations for the Avon Supershock Pencils that I had to try them out. Like the Mac pencils, they are really soft, easy to blend and are a super bargain price. These look great blended into the upper lash line using a fluffy brush (like the Mac 217 brush).
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner £6.00
Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner in 1 Black
Collection’s Liquid Liner is a great bargain buy and is really easy to apply to your eyes. It dries quickly and is very long lasting.
Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner £2.99
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in 01 Black
This is a recent purchase off the back of a recommendation, and I love it already. It comes with a small brush, which I tested out, but I found it easier to apply with my Mac 266 angled brush. The colour is smooth and dark, and once dried it does not budge. Highly recommend!
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner £7.99
L’Oreal Superliner Gel Intenza in 01 Pure Black
This L’Oreal Gel Eyeliner is really similar to the Maybelline, and the brush included is identical. There isn’t much to say in regard to differences; apart from this one is a little more expensive. If you’re buying L’Oreal products on multi-buy, I would definitely recommend purchasing this eyeliner.
L’Oreal Superliner Gel Intenza £9.99
Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Pen Eyeliner in Onyx
This felt pen eyeliner from Be a Bombshell cosmetics was included in my September Glossybox, and I also added it in my September favourites. If you’re in a rush, and don’t have time to carefully apply a liquid/gel eyeliner then this is the one for you. It’s so easy to apply and gives a great smooth line.
Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Felt Pen Eyeliner in Onyx $14.00