I Have Eyes & I Like To Decorate Them
It’s still a little weird to me that I write semi-regular articles about makeup. I only started wearing makeup a few years ago and my “skills” are self-taught. Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud. I mean, I know I rock lipstick and eyeliner, but I don’t fuck with eyeshadow yet, I just don’t have the patience. And I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than 10 minutes in one sitting putting on makeup. Well, except for when I spent two hours putting on eyeliner and taking pictures of it for you for this article. You’re welcome. Eyeliner is awesome, I spend way too much money on it, and you might as well benefit from my addiction. Someone should. Here’s a review of 5 different brands and types of eyeliner. Three of them are sparkly. I like sparkly. I only put eyeliner on my upper lids and have no idea how to do it on the bottom, so please don’t ask.
1. Ulta Metallic Automatic Eyeliner in Golden Eyes, $8 at Ulta.com
Pros: It’s cheap, you don’t have to sharpen it, and you can feel like Cinna from The Hunger Games.
Cons: This liner isn’t very high-quality, and doesn’t stay all day.
Tips: Don’t try cat eye with this, it doesn’t work. I prefer using this in the bottom corners of my eyes to brighten them, while using a bolder eyeliner for the top lids.
2. Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Ultra Olive, $17 at starlooks.com
Pros: Glides on easily and beautifully. It’s glittery and shimmery but not in a gaudy way.
Cons: Doesn’t stay as well or as long as liquid liners. Not great for daytime or hot weather.
Tips: Keep the tip sharp. This is the only real eye pencil I own, and I still insist on doing cat-eye with it. Don’t listen to anyone who says you need liquid liner for the cat-eye. Keep the pencil sharp, pull your eye taut, start from the outside and draw in toward your eye. Boom.
3. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Midnight, $20 at stilacosmetics.com
Pros: Lives up to its name by lasting even more than a day. The color is bold and it dries quickly. I have this in three colors and the only reason I don’t have it in all the colors is because I don’t have $300 lying around to get all 15.
Cons: It’s expensive, but worth the price. The felt tip can get a little ragged, which is annoying.
Tips: Always shake it before you use it. I know, shaking things is annoying, life is super hard, but it makes the felt tip easier to use.
4. Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in Blue, discontinued
Pros: I feel like a mermaid when I wear this. The color is beautiful and it stays in place better than any other liquid I’ve ever used.
Cons: The plastic or rubber or whatever it is applicator is a little irritating on my eyelids. And it takes a very specific, and somewhat rare, occasion to wear sparkly sky blue eyeliner.
Tips: Oops, I didn’t realize this was discontinued until I tried to find it for you online. I got it in an ipsy bag a couple months ago. You can still get in on ebay for $2.49. Or just be mad at me for recommending an eyeliner for you that doesn’t exist anymore.
5. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Riot, $20 at urbandecay.com
Pros: I’m kind of obsessed with these creamy, smooth, long-lasting eyeliners from Urban Decay. They really do glide right on and have a subtle shimmer that makes me swoon.
Cons: Doesn’t stay as well as liquids. Setting powder or something would probably help, but that sounds like a lot of work.
Tips: Like all non-liquid liners, keep it sharpened and don’t fear the cat-eye.