My relationship with eyeliner is quite complicated. On the one hand, I’m quite the fusspot when it comes to what I like but on the other, I will try anything once. I’m yet to find THE one and after trying the Seventeen Tattoo Me Liquid Eyeliner, I am sadly no closer.
Frustratingly, there are many, many things that this eyeliner does right (for my preferences anyway). It’s one of those very thin brushes as oppose to a nib so you get fully flexible movement. Also, you can get a very fine flick close to the lashline which sometimes I find trickier with a pen eyeliner. The formula is very wet and glides on beautifully (much like the infamous Rimmel Glam’Eyes one, but slightly thicker) which I personally like as it gives you the kind of intensity that pens and gels can struggle with. It takes a few minutes to dry fully and this is where you need to be careful – one false movement and you are guaranteed with eyeliner on your upper eyelid. It dries to an almost matte finish which I love – it isn’t glossy but it isn’t as flat as the Rimmel one. The product also claims 48 hours of waterproof wear, which I honestly have to agree with. Once it’s on, it doesn’t budge until you remove it with an oil-based cleanser. I have gone to bed with this stuff on, woken up and not had to touch it up – it’s that good.
My issue with the Tattoo Me Eyeliner is the formula of the liquid while I work with it. It’s pretty gloopy, to be point that I had to wipe off the gooey strands (ew) before I get anywhere near my eyes. That I can deal with but the gloopiness means I always get this all over the tips of my lashes and it dries solid. Even if I frantically try to wipe it off my lashes, it acts almost as like a glue and fuses them together. I suspect it’s because of this glue-like formula that makes it so long wearing. Nonetheless, it’s annoying enough to make me reluctant to use it on a daily basis.
As you can tell I’m very much in two minds with the Seventeen Tattoo Me eyeliner. At the end of the day, a £4.99 eyeliner probably won’t be the best in the world but this comes SO close which is what’s so frustrating. Obviously this style of eyeliner isn’t for everyone and can be difficult to work with but if you do like wet, brush-on eyeliners, I’d definitely give this a go – who knows your application angle might be better than mine!
Seventeen Tattoo Me Eyeliner is available at Boots and costs £4.99.
I for one don’t need anymore eyeshadow sticks. But, with everyone raving about the new Bourjois Colorband 2-in-1 eyeshadow & liners I literally couldn’t stop thinking about them. I’d swatched them in store a few times before committing to a purchase (I don’t know who I was kidding) and haven’t put them down since. I picked up ‘Noir Abstrait’, a matte black and ‘Brun Dadaiste’, a shimmery brown.
As you can see from the photos, the pigmentation is intense, and the texture is buttery smooth and easy to blend with fingers. You’re probably thinking, ‘yeah but what makes these so spesh?’ and I wouldn’t blame you – most shadow sticks these days can be described the same way. The most impressive thing about these sticks is the wear time and the lack of creasing. Seriously, these photos were taken at the end of the day, about 12 hours after application (I put the brown shade on my eyelid, and the black in my waterline and smudged it into the top and bottom lash lines). There’s minimal creasing (EVERYTHING creases on me so a little bit was expected) and just look at that waterline. Even Urban Decay 24/7 pencils start to wear off on me after 4 or 5 hours so this was seriously impressive. The black shade will definitely be my go-to waterline option. It’s a little chunky but the tip is pointed enough to give control over where it goes.
If you’re on the fence about succumbing to yet another shadow stick, I would totally recommend giving in.
Bourjois Colorband 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Liners are available at Boots and Superdrug for £5.99.
For years, I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect eyeliner combination and I’m excited to say I have finally found it. If you like the smoothness of liquid liner but hate the mess, like the intense staying power of gel liner but can’t find the right brush, or if you like the ease of felt-tip liners but don’t like the dragging you get after the first few uses, you will adore this combo.
I stumbled upon this method completely by accident after my L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim ran out of juice. I’d had it a couple of months, and while I liked it, it very quickly became a bit too dry. The liner wasn’t as intense as I’d like and I had to go back over the line to get a bolder finish and it really lacked the gliding consistency that eases the process of winged liner. I then reached for the Maybelline gel liner pot but I was struggling to use any suitable brushes. I needed a very slim nib but the hairs on my precision liner brushes were splaying and made the whole thing a bit messy.I was going to chuck away the defunct L’Oreal Superliner but had the genius idea of dipping it into the Maybelline gel liner and using it as a brush instead. Oh my golly gosh, it was the perfect combo. The nib is perfect, long and pointed so you can get your line as thin or thick as your dreams desire. It’s stiff enough so it doesn’t flop all over the shop, staying where you need it but has enough give to glide effortlessly along the lash line. The gel liner is creamy, intense and thick enough so you don’t get the dreaded print on your eyelid, which is usually liquid liner’s crime. Plus the staying power is unlike anything else I’ve used. Since discovering this devastatingly glorious combo, I’ve not once messed up my winged liner even when I’ve been in a rush. These two really are the perfect winged liner combo – if you have a similar felt-tip eyeliner on its last legs, I implore you try this dreamy duo!
It’s taken me an actual decade to perfect my winged liner technique but it turns out I could have saved myself years of frustration if only I’d found Charlotte Tilbury’s bloody tutorial sooner. I’ve broken down the process into easy-to-follow steps that are so easy even your cat could do it. I used Rimmel Glam’Eyes liquid liner here but you can use any thin-nibbed liner of your choosing. Scroll down for the instructions if you need to but I’m pretty sure you’ll be just fine.
1. You can wear a winged liner look either with full eye makeup or on its own – the world is your oyster. I like to wear it by itself mainly because I’m usually in too much of a hurry to do anything else.
2. Use the bottom line as your guide, and imagine a line running parallel against it. This is where you’ll draw your first line.
3. Draw a short, straight line a few millimetres in length. You can go as long or as short as you like but keep it as straight as possible!
4. Next, you’re going to imagine another straight line, connecting the end of the line you’ve just drawn to your upper lash line.
5. The temptation to draw a curved line will be strong here, but try to resist. Draw this line as straight as possible – you’re simply going from the line you’ve just drawn and stopping when you hit your top lash line, and you should be left with a triangle.
6. Time for the fun part – fill in your lovely triangle. You can’t go wrong here (I hope).
7. Complete the line by drawing a thin line from your inner corner outwards, until you meet your wing.
8. Taking a black eye pencil (preferably something soft), line your top water line and any gaps in between your lashes to get your winged liner as black as possible. Curl your lashes, stick some mascara on and you’re DONE!