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a beginners guide to eyeliner

Much to my dismay, I was not blessed with Kim K lashes. My lashes are pretty much the opposite-- sparse and blonde. I've been on a quest to find the perfect mascara/liner combo that packs a one-two punch since forever and have done my fair share of testing. While I can confidently say Benefit's They're Real mascara is one of the best (if not the best) mascaras on the market and my personal favorite, I'm still searching for a favorite eyeliner but have been playing around with a few different types.

Pencils are great for beginners or anyone who has a hard time holding a steady line. I use Mally's waterproof eyeliner which goes on really smoothly and the point is a bit dull. If you're looking for a really fine line, try a kohl pencil.

The pros of liquid eyeliner are that it glides on smoothly and gives you a dark lash line which makes your lashes look fuller. The con? It is not very forgiving so you have to be sure to have a steady hand and/or q-tips on hand to correct any mistakes Want perfect Lauren Conrad cat eyes? Liquid eyeliner is your best bet. New to cat eyes? This is a helpful tutorial. I use this liquid liner from Sephora.

Gel liner is great for faking a liquid cat eye and for getting really close to the lash line. It is easy to use, incredibly forgiving and very long lasting. The downside is that you need a brush to apply it which may mean having to buy a new brush. My go to is Maybelline Eye Studio which I use almost daily. Benefit just released They're Real Push Up Liner which is a gel liner pen which I very reasonably assume means the all mighty Goddess of Lashes has finally heard my cat-eyed prayers. I'll test it out and let ya know what I think.

Loose Powder//
Don't overlook using loose powder as a liner. I use Bare Minerals Liner Shadow in black to create a soft smokey look. I also use my brush wet to make a darker, sharper line. Be careful not to load your brush up too much or the excess might sprinkle off onto your cheeks!

What are your favorite eyeliners?


  1. I love Stile eyeliner pencil. I have yet to master the liquid eyeliner, but I still love using liquid eye liner, too, as top liner.

  2. I love gel liner! I use Maybelline also and love it. It's so much easier to use!

    All That Glitters

  3. I am not much of an eyeliner girl but I do love some good mascara! I will have to try out Benefit's mascara soon!
    xo Nan

  4. I SO need to try They're Real! It's sad to think that of all the mascaras I've tried, that hasn't been one of them yet. If I had any skill when it comes to make up application, I'd wear eye liner as well. It always ends up uneven, though :/

  5. Hey Nichole! Just so you know, Sephora is doing a code for a delux sample of They're Real! (The code is PUSHUP.) I told myself it was a free way to try it out, when really I just used it as an excuse to shop for other goodies... but maybe there's something else you need? Oh Sephora!

  6. Ack, type-o! (I know there's no H in Nicole :) ) It's been too long! I'm glad to read that you're doing so well.