Sunday, 23 October 2011

Insight My Kit: Black Eyeliners

Without a doubt, black liners will always be in my kit in usually more than one single formula, texture or medium. I can safely say that if I have at least one of the below liners, I can work and do a myriad of looks using it with conjunction with other products.

I approach black liners in a few ways. Obviously to use it as what it was designed for i.e. lining the eye but also as a way of deepening shadows/pigments and as a base for other products to sit on. To put it simply, if I wanted a smoky eye, I would usually apply black liner to the lid and then smudge using a brush or finger and then repeat till I get a desired depth of colour then I layer on a shadow or pigment to add dimension and if needed, colour. Doing a smoky eye or in fact any eye this way means that I can build incredible depth with minimal layers and it also allows the eyeshadow to cling on to something. Try it the next time you're doing a smoky eye!

Well let's look at the various stars of my black liner kit shall we?

Pencils
The easiest and most convenient form of a black liner. I carry about 7-8 different brands of various textures and depth of colour and I can safely say these are the ones I go back to all the time. Great for lining inside the waterline and to also create a guide for the ultimate flicked liner. By  this I mean to start lining the eye with pencil, go over with liquid once you're happy with the shape to get a precise inky black flick!
L-R: Givenchy Magic Kajal, YSL Long-Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Ink, MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, MAC Eye Kohl in Feline.

These 4 pencils are the darkest, blackest pencil liners in my kit. 
Givenchy Magic Kajal: By far the blackest pencil I have ever used and I use it a lot when I am doing a dark eye on black skin when it is often hard to find a pencil black enough to show up. 
YSL Waterproof Pencil: Great for when I am doing red carpet looks for celebs I look after as once they set, there's no budging or flaking or smudging so always looks great.
MAC Smolder: A great all-rounder with a soft, easily to blend texture. This tends to be on the slightly greasier side so I love it for creating smudgy smoky eyes.
MAC Feline: A limited edition product that comes out once in a while and one to definitely get if you chance upon it. Intensely black and not as greasy as Smolder so for people with greasy lids, this is the one for you!

Gel/Pot Liners
Every brand does one now and I have tried quite a few but these 3 have so far remained in my kit. Requiring a bit more of a deft hand, gel/potted liners used with a fine brush gives you that flicked liner that's oh so popular. I also love it mixed with pigments to create my own deep cream shadows that have the benefit of drying to a budge-proof finish!
L-R: YSL False Lash Effect Cream Liner in Deep Black, MAC Fluidline in BlackTrack, Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner.

Over the years I have tried many brands and to be honest I like them all. I think they all have a place in my kit but at the moment these 3 are ones I have all the time with me. This is not to say that I won't use other brands. I simply ran out and decided to try others. Ones that I love that I have yet to replace and worthy of naming are Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Lancome Ink Artliner Pot which I adored for it's budge-proof finish once it dried.

YSL FLE Cream Liner: Incredibly dense cream liner that is intense and black. Once it dries it doesn't flake or smudge.
MAC BlackTrack: One I have keep going back to over the years. Inky-black and great texture but do not layer too many layers as it will crack and crumble due to it's gel texture.
Maybelline Gel Liner: Great affordable gel liner on the high street that performs like the more expensive brands. Great "blackness" and it comes with a fabulous brush that I have now included in my brush kit to do liners with!

Pen/Felt-tip Liners
For those not nifty with a brush and pot liner, these come as the next best thing. Easy to use like a pencil but the finish of a liquid or gel liner! I'm really fussy when it comes to these because I demand seriously ink-black depth and good firm nibs!
L-R: YSL Shocking False Lash Effect Eyeliner, Shiseido Automatic Fine Eyeliner in Black, Iman Luxury Liquid Eyeliner in Onyx.

One thing I find handy with these liners are the ease of use. Sometimes I just do not have the time to fiddle with a brush and pot liner so these are incredibly handy to creating a strong black liner speedily. I also love these for "touching up" liners that might have a spot missing in them, or for covering up where false lashes stick to the lid.

YSL Shocking Eyeliner: Great deep black ink liner with a great sponge nib that's easy to use and handle. 
Shiseido Fine Liner: A beautiful felt tip marker like pen with intense black ink that dries very quickly.
Iman Luxury Liner:

So there you go, my black eye liner kit that I carry around with me all the time. As brand come up with newer formulas and textures, my kit may grow or change but so far these babies have done the job brilliantly for me. If you've tried any of them, please feel free to share or comment.

20 comments:

  1. Thanks! I love Bobbi Brown and YSL too!

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  2. @Jamilla Camel: Thanks Jamilla, so do I! Bobbo Brown Gel Liner was my very first one that I used about 9 years ago and it's still a very good one! Thanks for the comment. x

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  3. A great post, I think I might try the YSL pencil for my wedding in Dec xx

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  4. @The Brunnete: Thanks! And you should! They do a variety of colours too so it's great if you don't want black. Thanks for the comment! x

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  5. Once again a fantastic and useful post...thanks Kenneth! I love the YSL pencils (and already have three). On my eyes I find that the only thing that sticks around on my waterline is gel liner (BB is the one I use). I also love the Armani limited edition ones and wish they would make them permanent items.
    Nina x

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  6. @Nina: Hi! Wow ok, that's interesting. I always thought gel liners would be too drying on the waterline. I never got the chance to try the Armani ones, limited editions are too hard to maintain. I wish brands wouldn't do that too often! Lol! Thanks for the comment! x

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  7. Hi! Great post. I think I might try some if those 'pens'. I wondered what you might recommend for upper waterline - I have problems with transfer to lower !!

    Thanks,

    Ang x

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  8. @Angela Bowman: Hi! Yes please do give those pens ago. I would suggest one of those waterproof ones and not blink till dry & set. Otherwise it is hard to do a top waterline without transfering onto the bottom. Thanks for the comment! x

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  9. Aha. Waterproof!!. Dur, can't believe I didn't try that. Thanks so much for taking the time to write back to me.
    Ang x

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  10. @Angela: Haha no problem, I hope it helps. Let me know how it goes will you? Thanks again xx

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  11. I really want to try to YSL pencils, I've got oily lids so that would be wonderous. I use MUFE aqua liner pencils thingies (can't remember the name) and am quite impressed with them, but the black isn't the blackest of black. I love the Smashbox felt liner one, although, as I am going to Hong Kong for New Year, I am going to live in Sasa and shop all those wondering Japanese mascaras and liners til I drop! :D

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  12. @Kharina: They would be perfect for you but if you're going to HK then safe your money for the great finds you will get there. Just make sure you test if possible. The last time I went, I coudln't test so I didn't buy much. Have fun there! xx

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  13. Great Post Kenneth, am definitely going to invest in that givenchy pencil,sounds amazing. I love the Inglot gel liner, its really good too.

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  14. @Jenny: Thanks! It really is an incredible pencil and perfect for when you need a really black pencil! I haven't tried Inglot for years, my first experience wasn't very good and hence have kept away since then. Might have to reinvestigate! x

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  15. I LOVE these posts so much! I love how you outline the ways in which different brands' versions of the same product perform in different ways with different techniques. x

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  16. @Rebecca: Thanks hon! I am glad you liked the post. I felt that it's so easy to just do posts of thing sin my kit but if I don't explain why I like them over all the myriad of products out there, then it's a bit pointless. Thanks for the comment! xx

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  17. Thanks! I will now try YSL! I loveeee these posts you do!
    http://liana-beauty.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome! Please let me know how you get on ok? x

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  18. kenneth,
    i was curious, how do you use liquid liners that have felt tips or something similar on clients without cross contamination? or do you get sent so many that you just use a new one next time? just trying to figure out if these kinds of liners are worth incorporating into my kit. thank you for this blog, i am loving it!
    -kasie

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    1. Hi, tbh I rarely use liquid liners for that long. I tend to stick with gel pencils that can be sharpened or pot liners that I scoop out onto my hand. I do have a few felt tip ones that I love and tbh I use a few times and then throw it away and get news ones. Also you have to understand that it is on the outside of the eye so as long as you don't line the inside, chances you will be quite ok to use a few times on others. Also be sensible, if you think the model or person has something unhygienic, then don't use it on them. It's all ok to contsnatly worry about contamination in class or school but in reality, it is near impossible to be that fastidious. I change my products round and get new replacements quite often. And I have done this for 20 years and touch wood haven't passed anything to anyone! Good luck. x

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