Monday, June 24, 2013

TIP - picking out a good eyeliner that stays

How many of you have experienced the droopy liner?  Or how about raccoon eyes?  I know finding one that won't melt off, run, or fade can be extremely tricky. 

Well, I am here to share my thoughts for choosing an eyeliner... 

1. If they have testers USE THEM.
* I draw a line on my hand about an inch long and wait about 30 seconds.  Then I take my finger and try to rub the eyeliner off.  If it smudges a lot or disappears, I automatically know it is not for me.
* If I really want to know if it is long lasting, I keep it on my hand. When I get home I will  continuously wash my hands, as a I normally do, and I will scrub my hand in the shower.  No lie, some eyeliners do not come off!  To me, that is a great eyeliner

This is also a way to test out if your eyeliner is still good.  Some dry out and get hard... other times they will smell funny.  Makeup does have an expiration date so just keep that in mind.

2. Do not be afraid to return your eyeliner once opened.  
*Most places that I know of offer a full refund on beauty products if you are not fully satisfied.  We all hate to waste money on stuff we will not use... So, if you don't like it, you don't like it and you should return it.  Sephora I know offers that, as well as CVS.  If you are concerned, do a bit of research.
4. Be good to your eyes!
*Make sure you pick an eyeliner that is going to be gentle on your lids and does not make your eyes burn.  
3.  High end is NOT always better.  
*People ask me all the time, "is it better to buy high end expensive makeup or drug store makeup?"  Honestly, I could say, go for the expensive stuff, that is what I do... but that would be a lie.  It is all a matter of personal preference and what your skin can handle.
  Example:  I cannot use Clinique.  It makes my face break out and feel funny.  But a bride that I did her trial, when I used Tart Amazonian Clay foundation (which is what I use on a lot of my clients and myself), she said her face broke our in a rash the next day.  I had her go pick up a foundation of her choice.  She bought Clinique and was extremely happy.

Lastly, I will share with you some of my favorite eyeliners in no particular order.

1. Sephora Pantone Universe Eyeliner (I bought the 3 pack: Black, Brown and Orange- better deal then buying 1 eyeliner by itself- even though I have yet to use the orange)
2. Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner
3. Avon Ultra Luxury
4. M.A.N gel eyeliner (seriously this stuff is AMAZINGGG)

I am still looking for that perfect liquid eyeliner though... 

Let me know if you have any eyeliners worth sharing! 



  1. I use ulta waterproof eye liner I dont think I could ever switch. BTW have you been to ulta yet? You would love it. It like sephora with all drug store brands and everything else in between. :)

  2. I have not been to Ulta yet but I have heard many great things about it! Hopefully I will be making a trip there in the near future!

  3. Brie, there's an Ulta in Danvers, you should definitely check it out next time you're in the area :-) I'm currently using the maybelline gel eyeliner, but I also like the sephora brand as well.

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  5. Melissa VarrecchiaJune 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    You mentioned that some eyeliners do not even come off in the shower, but on the flip side we do want to be able to wash off the eyeliner. Currently I am using one I like but I swear it stains under my eyes when I wash it off and I cannot get the last bit of black stain off my face w/o serious effort and multiple products. So what do you suggest for that?