The Lowdown: Eyeliners For Beginners

Monday, June 23, 2014


So I've made it no secret that I am a bit rubbish when it comes to eyeliner. OMG I know right, shock horror beauty bloggers aren't good at everything when it comes to make up. I know, I was shocked too. So me and eyeliner have a love/hate relationship. I love how it looks but I'm a bit rubbish when it actually comes to doing it. I've figured out that the best type of liner for a eyeliner noob like myself is felt tip almost liners. I've found these the most easiest to draw a relatively straight thin line, and sometimes... just sometimes even draw an okayish cat eye. I realised the other day that I've been using four liners on rotation recently, and I thought why not have a good old waffle about them and just maybe one of them may help a fellow eyeliner noob. Oh I am good to you guys ;)

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner*:

So let's start with a liner that everyone seems to be talking about recently. I had the privilege of hearing about this nifty liner and trying it out for a good few weeks. You're probably wondering why I have left it so long to write a review, but honestly I don't know how to feel about this liner. Now don't get me wrong, I understand it's a bloody good liner, and I love that it's gel. It's matte, it's black and the tip was worth those five years developing. It's angled perfectly so even cack handed people like myself can do a reasonable cat eye. But the lasting power is where I can't make my mind up, some days this will last all day, other times, it'll go patchy by lunchtime. I find it quite hard to gage just how much I need with the push up for the gel feature, sometimes I push too much up and end up with a big blob on my eyelid. Not cool. This is a liner that you're not going to master straight away, in fact even the girls from Benefit who I met a little while ago for afternoon tea said it's not a liner that you'll be good at using from the word go. It needs practise and a steady hand. I wouldn't say this is a great liner for beginners as it can be quite hard to master. But if you're good at your basic liner and need a help with the cat eye flicks, then try this out, it's like having an extra hand. Or something like that.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner:

So if you're a speedy Sandra you can pick this eyeliner up free with this month's Glamour magazine for just £2. I know right? But hurry as I'm not sure how long you have to get this! But I may of got this after watching this Lisa Eldridge tutorial with Alexa Chung. Can I just say GIRL CRUSH. Anyways I saw her using this liner or one very similar, and knew I had to get it. This is pretty darn good and getting it for £2 is even better. The nib is a little too thick for my liking, you need a steady hand or may end up filling in your whole eyelid. Please tell me, I'm not the only person who has done this. It's super black, lasts all day and well it's rather good. In fact if it's good enough for Alexa, it's good enough for me.

Bourjois Mega Liner*:

Now this is the blackest of blackest liners. It could be a sharpie it's that black! I just can't seem to get on with the nib though, it's slightly angled instead of a point which I just can't get on board with. But I love the formula, colour and lasting power so it seemed to be a shame to waste it, so I kind of rub this liner onto another liner of which has a brush that I prefer. Slightly weird I know, but hey you can't let a good eyeliner go to waste. If you want black and dramatic liner, this is pretty good, but it's not the easiest brush to use unfortunately.

L'oreal SuperLiner:

Okay so let's move onto my one true love liner, it's like my Harry Styles of eyeliners. Now this liner I have repurchased about five times? It's a good un, and I will hail it as the perfect liner for beginners. It has a super thin nib, meaning that mistakes are pretty much impossible, well I still manage to cock my liner up every now and then but hey. I wish the formula was slightly blacker though, so like I said above I rub the Bourjois Mega Liner on to this brush to get the best of both worlds! So if you're a real beginner, or everyday you seem to have one eye with normal liner and one with the eyelid covered up ( I feel ya pain) then you need to get this liner.

So there we have it, my low-down on liquid liners, of course these are all upper lash line liners, I might do a waterline edition if that's something you'd like to see? I also know too well of the eyeliners that turn you into Alice Cooper... and I know some that won't.  So tell me what's your favourite liquid liner?

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