LINE UP! IT’S OUR EYE PEN MUST-HAVE LIST

BATD ON Jan 02, 2015 AT 10:33 am

by Annie Vischer

Our Ink Liner Must-Haves.

Our Ink Liner Must-Haves.

If you’re anything like us you’ll be smudging your way through winter. Eye liner wise. No precise flicks, no smooth lines, a quick application and a whole lot of smudging. It’s easy, it’s fuss-free, but we feel like we’re in a serious eye-look-rut. Yes, that’s a thing. And there’s a trend that keeps raising its beautiful little head, tempting us away from a classic smokey eye – graphic liner.

Now a word of caution, the look is fairly unforgiving, and requires dewy skin to offset its starkness. A matte face may have been all the rage in the 60s but not this season. And in winter, we need to work so much harder for that pretty glow. Essentials for graphic-liner-worthy skin are a brilliant skincare routine, attention to hydration and minimal coverage. With the sweet-shop-like varieties of BB creams (see our favourites here), tinted moisturisers, CC creams and primers, we really have very little excuse for layering up with full-coverage 9 ’til 5.

Glowing skin ticked off the list? It’s time to choose your liner. We’re opting for felt-tips. They don’t have the bluntness of pencils, nor the spidery bleed lines of liquid liners, we love the Sharpie look. Here are a few top picks that really make the grade.

Smashbox Love Me Paint Pen Eye Liner (£16.00).

Smashbox Love Me Paint Pen Eye Liner (£16.00).

The Smashbox Love Me Paint Pen Eye Liner (£16.00is our golden wonder of the moment. It’s chunky, so perfect for a statement line, and the pointed tip allows for delicate tapering at the end.

Bourjois Mega Liner Felt Tip Eye Liner (£7.49).

Bourjois Mega Liner Felt Tip Eye Liner (£7.49).

Bourjois have have gone all calligraphy crazy with their Bourjois Mega Liner Felt Tip Eyeliner (£7.49). The flattened nib lets you swoop and twist with italicised detail for whatever want.  This one will require some playing with on your hand before you get what you want out of it, but it really comes into its own once you get flicking. Do so confidently, with a little flair, and you’ll nail it.

Clarins 3-Dot Liner (£20.00).

Clarins 3-Dot Liner (£20.00).

The Clarins 3-Dot Liner (£20.00) sold out everywhere after its launch, and quickly became one of their most sought-after hero products This is the one to go for if you’re in search of a natural look. The three nibs are designed to be dotted in between lashes on the lash line to define eyes and make lashes look thicker.

NYX The Curve Eye Liner (£13.00).

NYX The Curve Eye Liner (£13.00).

One liner that has come back with rave reviews for its easy-to-use design is the NYX The Curve Eye Liner (£13.00). The shape of the liner fits perfectly into a holding hand. Your hand holds the pen far closer to the nib giving far more control. It won’t look as pretty in your makeup bag, but it’s a life saver during a rushed or mid-commute makeup sesssion.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen (£).

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen (£15.00).

The Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen (£15.00)  promises to stay put no matter what. That sounded like a challenge to us, so we put it to the test.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen...post Psycle class!

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen…post Psycle class!

We began with a little wrist doodle. A day at work, one intense Psycle class and lots of hand moisturising later and it’s stayed put! We’re impressed. Now to get it off…

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