When it comes to my beauty arsenal, eyeliner seems to be poorly represented. I have fifteen varieties of blush, over fifty shades of lipstick and so many eye shadow palettes that I have honestly lost count.
However, I only have three types of eyeliner. Why only three? Because I found the only three I’ll ever need. It can be hard to find beauty products that want to stay where we put them. Lipstick smears, foundation rubs off and eyeliner smudges. I dig the retro cat-eye, but I’ve found that it can turn into raccoon eyes without much prompting. After years of fighting with my eyeliner, I decided to try out something meant to wear a bit longer.
And no, I don’t mean permanent makeup. *shudders*
NYX Cosmetics Super Skinny Eye Marker — $9
What can I say; I absolutely love this eye marker. I get a gorgeous line and it just glides on! Give it a few seconds to dry and you’re set for the day, no matter what activities you have planned.
Pros: Easy to use, great control.
Cons: Only one shade available.
Glominerals Precision Eye Pencil — $16
This eyeliner pencil is great for everyday use. I usually get six to eight hours of regular wear out of it, so it’s ideal for the office or a day spent shopping. It’s available in eight gorgeous shades; my personal favorite is Plum.
Pros: Goes on easy, doesn’t tug, great for sensitive skin.
Cons: Doesn’t wear well through strenuous activities, needs to be sharpened.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner — $30
If you’re willing to spend a little more on long wearing eyeliner, this is the one to buy. Waterproof and smudge proof, it’s perfect for lounging in the pool or kicking it at the beach. It’s available in seventeen shades with a built in sharpener on the end.
Pros: Waterproof, variety of shades.
These three great eyeliners give me a variety of looks and the kind of durability I wish I could expect from all of my makeup. Lipstick, I’m looking in your direction.
About the Author: Selina Torres spends her days face down in a pool of cosmetics for the benefit of woman-kind. When she’s not testing out different eyeliners, she’s doing freelance writing for Glisten, a fabulous new skin care company.