Women love a strong eye. Whether it’s a graphic cat-eye or smoked-out lids, the essential tool for a fierce gaze is eyeliner that is long-wearing, gives intense color pay-off, and– most importantly– promises goof-proof application.
There are different kinds of eyeliners, but one that has gained popularity in recent years is the gel formula. Gel liners combine some of the best elements of traditional liquid and pencil liners: vibrant color, easy application, and marathon-long hold. One caveat is that most gel liners come in a pot and require a separate brush to apply. Thankfully, makeup companies are creating hybrids, such as L’oreal’s Superliner Gelmatic, a gel pencil. It may look like your run-of-the-mill pencil liner, but due to its gel formula, you get almost kohl-like intensity, intense color-payoff, and best of all, 24-hour hold. Yes, you read that right– this one will last you All.Day. Use it to get a clean, crisp line, smudged out for a sexy rock and roll look, or blended as an eyeshadow base. The range comes in 6 colors: black, brown, gold, silver, blue, and turbo, a supercharged metallic teal. This easy, automatic, twist-up pen makes it easy to tote around for when you need to take your look from business to party in a few quick strokes.
While gel liners are the new kids on the block, the queen of liners remains to be liquid liner. Nothing else can give you that lush, glossy line required for vintage or full-on glamour looks. Liquid liner isn’t for the faint of heart or the makeup newbie. It requires a steady hand and judicious placement because it can go awry really quickly. It’s tricky to pull off, but trust us, once you’ve mastered its application, it’s hard to go back. To help you get on your way, L’oreal Superliner Blackbuster comes in an easy-to-use felt-tip applicator. Prop up your hand and face on something stable, arch your brow (to get to between your lashes), and use it as you would a pen. You can also use it on its side to create a thick, swinging Sixties-style liner. – Trina Epilepsia