The Black Eyeliner: Liquid
Often the underdog of the liner lineup since it’s a hair trickier to apply, liquid liner should not be avoided since it has the best payoff for a cat eye, urges Ciucci. “There are definitely hacks to create the perfect wing that anyone can take advantage of,” she said rattling off this as the first of ‘em: Use the natural extension of your lower lash line and up as the guideline for the angle of your wing. “If you’re nervous about the angle, apply a piece of tape from your lower lash line up to the outer edge of your brow as a stencil,” she adds. Draw the point and once dry, remove the tape.
Or, forego drawing the line along your lashes all at once. “Draw small dashes from the inside corner to the outside corner,” she explains, “then draw back over to smooth and thicken, which will allow more control.”
The Pick: Lancôme Artliner in Noir
Also try: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliner in Black Party
The Perk: The smooth and fluid delivery creates an artwork-like eye, probably the reason this liner is spotted in every makeup artist’s kit at fashion week.
The Praise: If liquid liner stresses you out, listen up: “Liquid liner can be intimidating to use,” says
makeup artist Tiffany Hall-Scarmana, “but it goes on in one fluid motion, is easy to control and stays on until you’re ready to take it off.” The patent-leather finish glams up your standard cat-eye and Scarmana says it’s a must-have for any beauty lover.
Pro tip: Thin out your line to give the illusion of fuller, thicker lashes.