Sometimes the most interesting beauty products are also the simplest; they’re those staples in our routines that we’d never leave the house without, yet we tend to forget they’re even there. Black eyeliner is one of those staples for many of us. From making those peepers pop at work to creating a glamorous and sultry night-out look, black eyeliner just might be the most versatile product in your makeup bag. At the MichellePhan.com HQ, we decided to round up the team and compare 4 classic brands:
So how did all four eyeliners measure up?
Smudge – A felt tip is always good for smudging, and if you like the look of a smudge across the upper lash line, Revolution‘s eyeliners are the way to go. You won’t get a dainty, delicate line with this thick pen, but they do have liquid liners and thin felt tips to choose from too. Luckily, they’re all a steal.
Waterline – Given how smoothly NARS Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner glides on for a more defined and dramatic application, it’s an obvious pick for the waterline – their long-wearing formula makes it perfect for areas that other liners slide right off of. This one is versatile for a variety of looks including natural smokey eyes too – no wonder it’s considered a classic.
Precise Lines – Jouer Kitten Liner lives up to its name. The small, gentle pen tip makes it ideal for precise winged liner, including cat eyes, but it’s also the one you want to experiment with. The pen is designed for easy application, so you can experiment with new ways to wear eyeliner whether you’re beginner or pro status.
Winged Liner – But if the perfect flick is what you’re after, there’s a reason why Tartiest – Clay Paint Liner is loved by so many. This is a cream liner that comes in a little paint tube along with a thin brush with an angled handle for easier definition. When I say that makeup models the art world, this is what I mean! The two tools in this set are just like a paint brush and tube of black. It may take a little practice, but once you nail it, you’ll get the most coveted look of all: flawless winged liner.
What’s your #1 black eyeliner?