There’s a lot made of how selecting your favourite foundation is a struggle and a very personal choice, but so is picking your eyeliner. Do you prefer pencils you can sharpen or a gel pot you can use to paint your lid? Which one of them is easier to use for beginners and which requires practice? Five Voguestaffers (each with a different preference) talk about their favourite eyeliners and why they refuse to use any other
Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner, Rs 1,025
“For someone with shaky hands, this makes for the perfect guide. As opposed to applying your eyeliner from the front of your face (with even more chances of messing up or God forbid, poking your eye), since this is already bent, you can use it from the side, parallel to your face and just move in a straight line. The felt tip makes it easy to get a sharp wing and it stays on all day, no smudging at all. The only drawback? I wish it came with more product. It dries up sooner than I’d like it to.” –
Nykaa Rock The Line Kajal, Rs 199
“Ever since my days in college, I have been a fan of using kajal. Since my eyes are slightly sunken in, I prefer not to go too heavy on eye make-up of any other sort. The Bridget Bardot eyeliner never really goes with my personality, so I prefer wearing a smoky line of kajal on top as well. However, I tend to rub my eyes through the day so I reserve eye make-up only for the hours I’m stepping out for an event. Nykaa’s Rock The Line Kajal is super easy to use and doesn’t give me raccoon eyes at the end of the night, I’m sold.” –
Sigma Line Ace, Rs 967
“My love for painting has been a childhood fixation. I may not do it that often anymore, but swishing a brush and creating something beautiful on a blank space will always be my therapeutic escape. So naturally, I only ever wear liquid eyeliner—I love defining my eyes with a thin brush dipped in liquid colour. Especially one that’s the perfect consistency of colour, easily glides over my lids and sits through the day. I understand that some may find using liquid liners cumbersome, but once your fingers get used to moving naturally over your eye’s contour, you’re going to be a permanent convert. Sigma’s Line Ace has been my favourite for as long as I can remember and nothing has come close to replacing it in my kit. Its smooth and super saturated formula lasts me all day, dries almost instantly and the one thing that I absolutely love about it—the matte finish. Glossy is fine, but it’s everywhere, it’s in your face. Matte eyeliner, on the other hand, gives a more natural definition and with this one, you can go as skinny as you .
Chambor Dazzle Eye Liner Pencil, Rs 645
“It’s always good to have a liner that is reliable and stays all day long, but is easy to remove, too. After trying numerous eyeliner pencils, I got my hands on the Chambor Dazzle Eye Liner Pencil in black. Its creamy texture and smooth formula makes it ideal for everyday usage. In spite of its soft texture, it is smudge-proof and stays on for seven-nine hours. Whether I’m doing my everyday cat eyes or accentuating my smoky eyes for a party, this one is my goto.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow, Rs 1,477
“I know a lot of women will disagree with me on this, but I. Just. Cannot. Handle. Eyeliner pens. The nib swishes every which way, the runny product goes all over my lids, and by the end of the process, I’m left feeling completely out of control (and I’ve never walked away with perfect wings either). Cue Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow, which contrary to its name, works flawlessly as a liner, even for beginners. Here’s everything you need to know about it: For starters, this little black pot doesn’t come with its own applicator, so you must invest in a good quality brush to go with it, and always make sure you keep the jar shut tight when storing. You can’t blame the product for drying out if you’re going to leave it half open! The black gel is very intensely pigmented, so in most cases, you won’t need more than one swipe on your lids to get a dramatic cat eye. You can go super skinny during the day, thick and dramatic at night, and even try different lengths and angles with your tips with ease, the gel consistency lets you work it the way you like. Once it’s dry, no amount of tears, sweat, or absent-minded eye-rubbing is going to come in the way of your beauty look of the day.