Finding The Best Eye Liners

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winged eye liner

Who’s got a knack for winged eye liners because I’m still trying to get the hang of it!

Sometimes it’s great but the rest of the time, the flick is too long, too straight or just looks off flicked up.  At a shoot yesterday, I liked how the winged liner was done with a liquid liner. When I got home later, I took about 10 iPhone pics of the eyes when I got home to keep it as reference to try and duplicate.  Granted it took the make up artist a good 15 minutes but it was worth the time.   Maybe that’s what it is: take more time to apply?

At home I’m still using L’oreal Extra-Intense Eyeliner.  It’s the best pencil I’ve found but I’m always looking in case there’s something better.

My question to you:

What’s your current brand eye liner?  I’ve tried the creams with a thin angled brush which are ok but isn’t it too much bloody hard work?   I’m starting to think that it’s not about trying different products but sticking to one thing and practicing over and over and over…. or basically patience!

If you have a personal favourite let me know what it is.

Karen x

ps. This pic was taken before the hair cut (pics on twitter & Instagram).




  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03314937776350941971 Mlle W

    that’s a sexy flick with the rest of your face delightfully neutral.
    I like Hourglass Script as it has the thinnest brush: you can subtly layer them up or just keep the line toned down but defined enough

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14003719699413607564 kylie maree

    I use the maybelline master precise, waterproof. After years of trying to find the perfect liner that would stay on (Chanel good, Stila make a great waterproof one). But I find Maybelline to have the finest brush for perfecting the ‘cat eye’. And cheap too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00534566084338880887 Jenna Parikka

    You’re right, it’s mostly depending on practice. My advice is practice in the evening, right before you’re about to wash off your makeup. That way it doesn’t matter if you screw it up, since you’re gonna take your makeup off anyway, but you get the practice. Then when you feel more secure, try it in the morning when you’re doing your makeup, but be prepared that it’s gonna take some time.

    As for products, I started with eyeliners that were kind of like felt tip pens, more sturdy. I used this one: http://www.lumene.com/sv/produkter/makeup/ogon/natural-code-eye-dramatizer-liquid-eye-liner

    (it’s in Swedish but if you can find the product in the store you’ll know what I mean)

    Then when you feel like you’ve gotten the hang of it, a little more liquid eyeliners (but still with a sturdy tip) give a richer color. I use this one:

    (again, Swedish, but I think you’ll have no problem finding this in most makeup stores)

    Good luck! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Good idea on night time practicing.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18187497949329629330 Samantha Manzella

    L’Oreal lineur intense liquid eyeliner is my current favorite. The tip is really easy to control and flexible. I also adore the Sephora in-house brand liquid eyeliners…they’re probably the cheapest at Sephora ($11!) and are really easy to use. Plus, they come in awesome colors. I have the glittery black and gold. :)

    <3 Samantha

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09573909725948636708 Style Hostess

    I stick to pencil because I’m too much of a scaredy cat when it comes to liquid eyeliners. With pencil, I really think you cannot pass a “Stila”. I use the Stila Smudgestick for over a year already. impressive results (and the name’s such a pun- because it totally doesn’t smudge, especially if you base it with an eye primer)
    good luck finding the one Karen =)


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      I’ll check this out thx!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03964444069965821834 Marsha C

    I use the Rimmel liquid eyeliner and have done so for the past 2 years. The brush is thin so you can create the perfect flick whether thin or thick! I definitely think sticking to one brand is good as you then get use to the applicator 😉 x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12590112521938401164 Liz

    I’ve been doing the winged eye liner thing for years and have just recently branched out to other brands. My tried and true brand will always be L’oreal..although I find that the pen doesn’t last very long..but I go through black liquid liner like most go through a tube of toothpaste. I’m currently using Almay Intense I-Color, which I like a lot. I use the color for hazel eyes and it’s black with little flecks of silver. And I like the thicker pen, since I draw my winged liner on 60’s mod style. The pen also has a good shape for a controlled application. As for tips, practice..practice..practice! Also…apply with a relaxed yet steady hand. It’s easy to get all uptight and nervous and hold the pen tightly, which usually leads to shaky lines and weird wings…just breathe and draw.

  • http://www.bettychanmakeupartist.com/ Betty

    I’m a makeup artist and I would say, it’s not about what kind or brand of liner you use. It’s just about practicing the technique over and over again. One type might seem easier for you than it would for someone else. If you like a certain texture/kind/brand of liner and have been using it for a long time, that’s the one you’re going to perfect with, cause that’s the one that you’re familiar with and has worked with. So…practice, practice, practice, it makes perfect. =)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Betty you’re rights. It is practice once I find THE perfect product(s) to use

    • http://www.bettychanmakeupartist.com/ Betty

      My fave and easiest that I’ve used is Loreal Lineur Intense. It gives you great control and the outcome is gorgeous.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11699913281164490043 Ruvarashe

    L’oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip… this is a lifesaver. It is still liquid but the brush is a felt tip… makes a world of a difference. Try it and you will be amazed. Okay, I sould like a commercial but it really is that good.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      This is inexpensive enough to give this one a try. I will thx!!! you’re definitely selling it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18246254964603788120 lmc1971

    I use the BB Gel Liner in Caviar almost everyday, for me there is nothing better to tightline of line…it just doesn’t budge. For “the flick”, I would recommed the Lancome Artliner. It’s squat and easy to manouver over the eye for precise work…expensive yes but it gets great reviews and it does last.

    Happy Holidays

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16726154006648385521 Sean

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16726154006648385521 Sean

    When I first started I had NO idea what I was doing lol so you’ll get it in no time :)
    I wasn’t able to do it with pencil so I finally tried liquid.
    What I use is Wet n Wild Mega Liquid Liner #861 I have found it to be the best for me. I buy mine at the Walgreens on 14thst on Union Square.
    The brush is soft so I usually take excess liner off at the top of the tube, it helps a lot. Because the brush is soft it helps me make my flick a lot easier. I bought Revlon ColorStay & the brush wasn’t soft which made it difficult. Karen you have to try it. I personally think you’ll find it easy. Now I get compliments on my cat eye! Good luck 😀

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      I know where you mean! Will check it out next time I’m there. thx!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07755210424348773451 Osnat Sen

    For me, the best eyeliner is stila stay all day liquid eyeliner – the intense shade, the fine tip, this is really the perfect eyeliner all the way!!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Thx!!! another to make a note of

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00691064436394666416 T E X T U R E

    Oh Karen… Liquid is the way to go!

  • Sinead

    Normally, I use Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in “Perversion.” The trick is to keep the pencil super-sharp (and I must go through one a month. Not cheap, but IMO it is the BEST pencil out there) and follow up by smudging with a brush. I use a Sonia Kashuk smudge brush from Target for this. It’s from the old line and, sadly, is not made anymore. I do not like the new SK brushes. I’m big on a smoky eye/lots of black liner; I don’t reserve this look for evening. It’s my thing.

    For a winged look, I use Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in blackest black and an angled eye shadow brush from Ulta — one of the inexpensive ones with a silver handle. Here’s a link to the best application tutorial I’ve ever found. I do EXACTLY as she says and it’s perfect every time.


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      OMG OMG OMGG!!! That video is BRILLIANT!!! I am doing this tomorrow!!!

    • Sinead

      It is absolutely brilliant, isn’t it? I can’t wait to see pictures after you try it!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05262743811471202075 scientistmum

      Yeah, this is great!!! I know what you mean with one pencil a month. For the best look, I start with a Lancome waterproof PENCIL, then put liquid eyeliner (preferably Makeup forever Aqua black) on top. That definitely gives the best result for me. It looks great if you line the upper waterline too with the pencil but unfortunately that doesn’t work for me because of my hayfever…. grrr…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02234081494939675926 PinkCheetahVintage

    I can’t do liquid, too hard. I use Clinique cream kohl pencil in Egyptian for smudgy smoky look and cheapo drug store brand jordano pencils for more defined liner.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03894038666947774119 Monique Cheney

    I use a liquid liner by Almay and a retractable pencil I got in England for 1 pound. I start with the liquid then darken the line with my pencil. I suck at make up but I watched a couple of youtube vids to learn how to do it. Also, if you take a q-tip or a angle brush and dip it in make-up remover you can use that to make corrections to fix any mistakes you make.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      ok now THIS is a good tip for correcting mistakes. I always rub it with my finger or tissue! I’m definitely doing this. Thx Monique

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10320997624812321776 5th Avenue

    I use two, depending on what day of the week it is. During the week I’m in a rush and I stick with Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner, it has a small fine tip, which gives me precision. Then on the weekend when I have more time and want a more dramatic look, I use the Clinique gel liner, it works beautifully, it is also long lasting, I’ve rubbed my eyes and it doesn’t smear. I hope this was helpful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11241584075040171889 Vega

    I love liquid eyeliner! I use different brands but the liquid definitely seems to last longer throughout the day for me!
    I just have to hold my eyes closed for a few secs to let it dry so it doesn’t stick lol

    <3 Vega

  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    I use Sephora brand liquid eyeliner. I tried it to save money but the brush is so perfect for easily getting a great line…and they have some beautiful colors!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17421347098225672822 Yasmeen

    I’m using a Maybelline pencil liner. I actually don’t like it much but I like to use up my products instead of throwing them out :/ Mac has some pretty good liners according to my friends. But, brand aside, I think just practicing to hold a steady hand is the most important part of 😛

    Castle Fashion

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11124108690847429370 Aki Nishidake

    I use three different types depending on what type of finish I want. I use the Japanese brand called, Kate. I’m not sure of which one it is, but I know that this brand is super popular in Japan. The second brand I use is the gel eyeliner by L’Oreal for a smoother finish, after watching my sister use it, and another blogger I decided to try it, and it’s awesome. It’s not that much different than a pencil (it just goes on smoother) The last one I use is Lancome which is one of the most expensive eyeliner I have, I got it for free! The application is smoother than a normal pencil.


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      ok I need to write down the recs that everyone is giving. They are all convincing me.

      Thx everyone!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16581328842144972694 LV

    My favorite is Mabelline because it is inexpensive and does the job beautifully. You look gorgeous in that photo.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16581328842144972694 LV

    My favorite is Mabelline. You look so beautiful in this photo!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16581328842144972694 LV

    My favorite is Mabelline because it is inexpensive and does the job beautifully. You look gorgeous in that photo.


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Thx LV, is there a specific kind by them?

  • http://itsallaboutbew.tumblr.com/ Kate

    I use the Lancôme Artliner Tracé Dense. The ink sticks really well and the pencil it’s really helpful too (since I’m a mess when the subject is eyeliner… But I get along with this one). I also like Kiko’s Precision Eyeliner, but I think the Lancôme’s ink is better. However, I don’t the NYX ones, because when it’s dry, the ink starts to crack and it feels really hard on the skin.
    Good luck Karen :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      I hate when the ink dries and cracks!!! That’s happened with past products that I’m not returning to ever again.

      I’ll look at the Lancome one

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18059753632982789767 Deanna

    MAC has a great felt tip liner that is super easy to you and doesn’t try up too fast like some of the cheaper brands. It only comes in black and it’s super intense and glossy. It’s also super thin so you can do a very fine line or thicker depending on how much pressure you apply. Love it!

  • http://www.genealogydresses.com/ Sandy

    I have mastered the winged eyeliner look, but it has taken me a few years to perfect it! I’ve been using REVLON ColorStay Liquid Liner for the past 10+ years. I absolutely love it. It certainly takes much practice but with the ease of this tip + a polished routine, I think you’d be in good shape!

    Best of luck on mastering the liquid liner language!


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      wow 10 years using the same one?! no wonder you’ve mastered it! God – I have a list to write from everyone and I LOVE IT!!

      Thank you!

  • http://myboringcloset.com/ Lacey @ My Boring Closet

    Urban Decay glide-on eye pencil is the best!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14844536687644835758 Jazmine Jade

    You have to try stila’s waterproof liquid liner pen. It’s the most perfect pen ever! Easy to use and stays all day.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08189730389331663836 Aisha Jimoh

    H&M Eyeliner is amazing!

  • http://www.crccasia.com/study/ Linda @ Study In China

    You have magnetic eyes. By the way I use Cargo Plant Love Liner in Black. It is so smooth, organic, long-wear liner.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15696198662767957040 Jessica DeCormier

    I second/third/fourth the Stila’s eyeliner pen. I’ve gone through 3 of them and they’re just fantastic. They stay put and are very very easy to use!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Ok clearly I need to try this Stila eyeliner….

  • Maribell

    I’ve always had a frienemy relationship with Cover Girl cosmetics, because of a two for one coupon in a magazine insert, I’ve decided to extend a temporary olive branch. While it’s not as sharp as a felt-tip liquid liner, I still get the intense graphic liner look that I ever-so desire using CG’s Perfect Point Plus pencil. It’s ultra thin blends like a dream, but stays on lock down at the same time. Gives me the cat eye without the fussiness of a liquid liner. Been my go to eye liner since October. Hope you give it a try!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05262743811471202075 scientistmum

    I LOOOOVE Makeup forever’s Aqua black and also Bobbi Brown’s waterproof liquid eyeliners….

  • Anonymous

    I highly recommend Almay’s liquid liner. It goes on smooth, but is kind of dull on darker skin tones (mine is similar to yours). So after I applying, I top the line with a thick black pencil and that really helps my eyes pop =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08559365607683053285 Candace Studio

    I know this is a super late reply to this question – but I have been wearing the winged liner look for years and sometimes I forget how hard it was to get it right!

    It’s difficult to master no matter what product you’re using. Pencils are more forgiving than liquid liners. I definitely use the Stila liquid liner though now that I’ve mastered it. I think the trick is to understand the ANGLES.

    You’ll start at the center of your lid very thin and sweep it out to the corner. It’ll get thicker as you get to the corner and then from there you’ll start the wing. When you draw the wing take note of the angle of your bottom lash line – it angles upward and toward the end of your eyebrow correct? Just draw the line following that angle and toward the end of your brow.

    Hope that helps!

  • http://amsterdaminvasion.com/ fresherdam

    finding a good liner is not a piece of cake. i remember searching for it 3 hours in a mall and finally got my mac eyeliner.

  • http://fullmoviemall.blogspot.in/2012/12/live-tv.html Live TV

    Nice click :)

  • http://viviannesblog.wordpress.com/ Vivianne

    I use Kiko Make Up Milano Definition Eyeliner and it’s one of the best liquid eyeliners I have tried. The felt tip gives me a defined natural looking line perfect for the cat-eyes look.

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