This morning, as I was putting on my normal face-full of makeup (because a face of concealer, foundation, primer, blush, bronzer and so on can hardly be called anything short of a face-full) I realized I was having a bit of trouble. Namely, with my eyeliner. As in, my wings, like a penguin's, simply did not want to work and perform their God-given duty.
Look, this might sound silly, but I truly pride myself on my eyeliner skills. I mastered a kitten eye in high school, a cat eye in college and have moved on to doing weird flicks and things. I'm good with eyeliner, yet for whatever, reason, this morning my hands did not want to work. My flicks were coming out uneven and chunky. I would wipe them off with a makeup wipe, re-apply my primer and start over -- except the same thing would happen. They wouldn't work. I was feeling like such a newb, I nearly wiped off my entire face and nearly braved the day makeup-free (something I simply do not do.)
The eyeliner I was using was one I used a million times before, but -- and I say this with a heavy heart, because I truly do love this liner and recommend it to all my friends -- it's hard to use. It's a pure liquid liner, which means that getting angling just right is akin to performing open-heart surgery. It's tricky, and there's enough room for error to keep you on your toes.
Luckily for me and my clumsy hands, there are plenty of far more user-friendly eyeliners out there. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Beyond the obviously beautiful packaging, the Lancome liner is truly something special because it gives you the sex appeal of a liquid line, while being as easy to maneuver as a pencil. The brush clicks to 2 different positions, perfect for girls that need a bit of an angle and girls that don't.
I've been using this liner since high school, and it's been one of my favorites. The marker-line tip is perfect for ultimately precision and control, yet it still delivers a perfect, jet-black line every time.
NYX The Curve - $15
It might look scary, but I promise you -- it's anything but. The applicator was designed to make swiping this on ultra-easy and simple. Plus, NYX always delivers on insane pigmentation.