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The Top 6 Eyeliners You Need To Try!

I have always used eyeliner. I think that it may have even been the very first makeup product that I owned. It was definitely a staple in my makeup routine growing up and while my application techniques were questionable, I loved it nevertheless. I loved it so much in fact that I basically scribbled it all around the eye and inside the inner waterline too (insert panda eyes here).

For me, someone with temperamental and watery eyes, I came to accept the fact that I may never find an eyeliner that wouldn't run or transfer. That was until I became a makeup artist and I made it my mission to find the best eyeliner(s) to use on my clients.

When I look for an eyeliner, no matter the chemical formulation, I want pigment and longevity. I also look for products that will travel well in my makeup kit. Being a mobile makeup artist its important that these products don't easily snap, crumble or break moving around. This is also an important factor to consider if you are someone who travels or carries your makeup products around with you.

To make your life much easier, I have complied a list of my Top 6 Eyeliners. These eyeliners have been tried and tested on myself, my clients and in my travelling makeup kit. No matter the texture I got you covered, so in no particular order here they are.

  1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highligher Matte Gel Eye Crayon - I fell in love with this gel crayon the minute I laid eyes on it. It is creamy, waterproof and one of the most pigmented eyeliners I have used. It is considered to be a 12 hr wear product and it comes in both matte and shimmer textures. My go to colours in this range are Blaquer and (earth)quake.

  2. Inglot AMC Eyeliner - If you are looking for an eyeliner that literally doesn't move, then go no further than this. It is smudge-proof, crease-proof, pigmented, creamy and sets like no other eyeliner I have used. While I am obsessed with this liner, I will say that because it does set quickly it may be more suited to people who are confident with their liner applications. I say this because if you make a mistake it won't be as easy to make adjustments once its on. My favourite colours to use are the #77 (black) and #68 (cream) which replaced a longtime favourite eyeliner of mine that was discontinued from Mac Cosmetics the Chromographic Pencil in nc15/nw20.

  3. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner - Like the name suggests this liner is waterproof and the tip of the liner is a great combination of firm and soft. The tip of the brushes also comes in different sizes. I use both the standard and micro tip versions. The micro tip is great for smaller areas of the eye or if you're looking for the ability to ensure thin lines.

  4. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner - When I came across this liner I was looking for a good warm, matte brown liner that wouldn't break rolling around in my mobile makeup kit (I use the shade in Spice). I love the texture of this liner because its creamy and glides on the skin with ease. You also have time to work with this product before it dries down, so if you like a liner you can smudge, but then it won't budge this is a great option.

  5. Hourglass Mechanical Gel Eyeliner 1.5mm - This eyeliner is the epitome of precision. If you need support ensuring your lines stay thin, then this is the liner for you. The formula is also long wearing and transfer resistant.

  6. Danessa Myricks Colorfix Matte Liquid Pigment - This highly pigmented product can be used on the eye, lip and cheek. It is smudge proof, waterproof and dries down quickly which is why I love to use it as an eyeliner. It also comes in a wide range of colours and textures.

If you're interested in seeing some of these products in action and learning some eyeliner techniques, I recently did a live video on my Instagram @jessicaphillipsmakeup dedicated to just this. I even saved it to my IGTV TV so you can re-watch it at any time to master those skills.

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