Photography by Marica Honychurch
It has been said that our eyes are the windows to our soul. I don’t know about you, but I am partial to a beautifully decorated window! One of the easiest ways to draw attention to your eyes is to use eyeliner. As far back as 10,000 BC, Ancient Egyptians were using liner, made from lead, to protect the eyes from the desert sun – similar to how football players draw black lines under their eyes before a game. Eyeliner has come a long way since the day of the Ancient Egyptians, and it is used almost exclusively, now, as a beauty tool for shaping and defining the eyes. Women from Cleopatra to Amy Winehouse have created classic, iconic looks using eyeliner, and you can too. I have curated a list of the best formulas and tips for perfectly defined eyes. -Victor Amos
Tip: Look for felt-tip pen liners. They are much easier to use and carry than the traditional brush-and-pot liquid liners. Try drawing small, connecting lines along the lash line, instead of one long stroke. Drawing your liner in increments will help you get closer to the lash, and afford you more control over the thickness of your line.
Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates
Ellis Eyes Eyeliner in E501
Precision Liquid Liner in Black
Tip: Pencil liners are perfect for lining the inside water-line of your eye. Look for pencils that are labeled as kohl or kajal liners. They will always be the softest and more pigmented formulas.
Tom Ford Beauty
Eye Defining Pencil in Onyx
Le Crayon Yeaux in Noir
Eyeliner Pencil in Black Moon
Tip: Gel liners are fantastic for creating a lasting smokey eye. I like to apply the gel liner to the top and bottom lash lines using a pencil brush, then slowly smudge it out around the eye. For an even longer lasting eye, use an eyeshadow, in a shade of plum or navy, on top of the gel liner. This will prevent creasing and add dimension.
Fluidline in Blacktrack
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Aqua Cream in Black
Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink