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Tried & Tested Eyeliner

Tried & Tested: Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeliner is almost like the magic trick of make-up. Whichever way you wear it, either lightly licked across your lids or layered on thick, rock-chick style, eyeliner creates a stunning and dramatic finish to your eye make-up. We tested several liquid eyeliner brands to see which come up trumps …

Smashbox – Jet Set Gel Based Eyeliner

Best for – Perfect combination of liquid and pencil eyeliner

The most novel gel-based eyeliner, it comes in a funky twist-top pot with an accompanying long, slimline brush that allows the most accurate application. You can see exactly how much liner you are applying and because it is less liquid than most other brands, it goes on exactly as you intend it to. It doesn’t smudge or run but is easy to remove when you need to take it off. It feels light and you can blend it before it dries for a different look. The fact that the brush is separate is the only downside to otherwise fantastic liquid eyeliner. www.smashbox.com

Max Factor – Masterpiece Glide and Define Liquid Eyeliner

Best for – Constant flow means no dipping

This compact little product is a revolution in liquid eyeliner. The liquid is in the compartment behind the brush, which means that the perfect amount of eyeliner is constantly running through the brush. When you dip the brush of standard eyeliners, the first application can very often be overloaded and leave a blob of eyeliner on top of your lid. Max Factor has developed this applicator to prevent exactly that, enabling slick, even application from a liner that will fit into the smallest of handbags. www.maxfactor.com

Barry M – Liquid Eyeliner by Barry M

Best for – Getting celebrity style make-up looks

This is a more traditional style of eyeliner and applicator; the firm little tapered brush at the end of the applicator meant that this was the easiest to apply and you can create both thick and thin lines, depending on the look you want. The applicator holds enough liquid eyeliner to do each eye and comes in a really funky little pot that can stand on your dressing table. Barry M’s liquid eyeliner is a huge hit with the A list. Christina Aguilera says that Barry M’s cosmetics are the only way to glam up an outfit and this is true – my eyes really stood out when I used this one and it comes in loads of out-there colours. www.barrym.com

Urban Decay – Liquid Eyeliner

Best for – Shimmery metallic colours

Urban Decay, well known for its full-on colour, has revamped its liquid eyeliner. Made to look like an ink well, the new design looks gorgeous, with the colour on show. The best thing about this eyeliner is that it doubles as an eyeshadow, which means you can either use it as normal just above the lashes or apply it to the entire lid. Usually, I would only use black liquid eyeliner, but the red-brown colour that I tried is really flattering and I would definitely use it more often. What’s more, it has tempted me to use loads of different colours. www.urbandecay.com

Bourjois – Liner Pinceau in Noir

Best for – Thin, accurate lines

The long-length, slimline brush applicator means that you can accurately apply the thinnest of lines above your lashes with no mistakes. The colour lasts all day, and I have had this eyeliner for at least six months and it’s only just beginning to run out. It has kept the same consistency the entire time, making this liner a great purchase. When you apply it, you can feel that the product is a good quality one, as the colour is quite intense but it feels light on your eyelids.

Tip: When applying eyeliner, whether thick or thin, start in the middle of the lid and work outwards away from the nose. When there is less liquid on the brush, slowly work inward towards the nose, joining small strokes together to achieve the perfect slick line.

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