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The best liquid eyeliner to invest in right now

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Liquid Eyeliner will NEVER go out of style. Nothing makes eyes look bigger, brighter and more lifted than a flick of the black stuff

When you think of beauty icons through the ages, the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Kate Moss and Marianne Faithful, they all have one thing in common (besides being impossibly cool and demonstrating swoon-worthy fringes). They all mastered the art of applying the best liquid eyeliner.

Modern muses, including Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Alexa Chung, also attest to the enduring pull of perfectly placed, feline-esque liner. When it’s done properly, a little winged liner can make your eyes appear larger and more lifted, plus make your lashes look thicker and darker. And what’s not to love about that?

When it comes to liquid eyeliner there are two types of women in this world; The first can apply liquid eyeliner like a ninja. Her hand is as steady as a board in the back of a taxi. She can flick her wand with precision, without a mirror. She is flawless.

Then there’s the other type of woman. She can barely hold an eyeliner pen without getting ink on her mouth, in her hair, or all over her face. Actually, anywhere but her eyes. Sadly, this is the camp a lot of us fall into.

What we have learnt over the years of blindly drawing over our face in an effort to look perfect coquettish, is this: despite cack-handedness everyone can wear eyeliner. If your eyes are hooded you’ll need to keep the colour quite close to your lashes and make sure you look dead-ahead into a mirror when plotting the end of your wing. Very rounded-up eyes benefit from a more rigid, bolder, wing. And almond eyes, well, you hit the genetic jackpot. Any liner looks good on you.

How to choose the best liquid eyeliner for you

The next step is to know your poison. Clearly there are plenty of options when it comes to eyeliner; kohl, liquid, gel etc. Take this quiz on Powder to find the perfect one.

The pros will often use either an angled or very fine-tipped brush to apply the liner to the roots of the lashes, but we’ve found that the novice is far better suited to a liquid liner brush. Nine-times-out-of-ten you’ll find it in a felt-tip applicator, which makes life a whole lot easier.

But, there is one rule, one single rule that applies. No matter your eye shape and regardless of what type of product you’re using; you absolutely must tight-line your upper waterline. No, it’s not very comfortable. And yes, you will look like an idiot while you try to fill in your waterline without blinking. But, it’s totally essential if you’re to avoid that unsightly strip of exposed flesh.

With that out of the way, here’s our edit of the very best liquid eyeliner on the market that more than justify spending a few pennies.

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