You know how you’re putting on your makeupand try to perfect your look, but your eye makeup always throws you off balance? It’s not that you can’t apply eyeliners; it’s more about the fact that you’re not using the right ones. However, when you’re looking into eyeliners, you need to understand that there are specific types to cater to different styles. To pull off the perfect look, you need to first look at what styles of eye makeup are there.

Pulling off the right look

When it comes to makeup, precision is key. There’s a different style that caters to different fashions, and this post will be dedicated to the various types of eyeliners and the brands that you could use. Don’t worry; I’ve tried and tested each and every one of them just to be sure of which is the best.

The neat cat eyeliner

The neat cat eyeliner is a common style especially for beginners; while it might need sufficient practice, it’s quite basic as well. Once you have mastered the tricks to this style, you can move on to modifying it and eventually creating the more difficult ones. What I do is that I also pull off a natural look by using neutral, skin colored eye-shadows to top off the eyeliner and correct it as well.

Cat eyeliner

The cat style eyeliner is a type of winged liner that imitates a cat- Surprise, surprise! In that sense, it is known to be more curved and allows your eyes to emulate the curves of a cat’s tail or body. Remember Cleopatra and her famous Cat Eyes, that’s exactly what this look is said to create. Personally, I reserved this for special occasions because it was much more difficult to pull off. It literally took me a minimum of 100 or more tries to perfect it!

The winged eyeliner

Winged eyeliner is quite famous and quite tricky as well; well, it’s not as tricky as the cat eyes; that’s for sure! However, I’ve noticed that if I don’t have the right type of eyeliner, it never works out the way I want. They may turn a lot of heads, but they’re quite a great deal of work!

While there may be several different styles to cater to, these are the most common ones that you’ll have to deal with. Once you’ve mastered the art of making these, you’ll be able to pull off any style; even making an addition to them. I like to improvise with my eye makeup; however, in order to make sure I get the right look, I need to make sure I use the right type of eyeliners along with using the right brand. By using a brand that doesn’t excel with eyeliners, I often end up either having a difficult time in applying it, or ending the day with ruined makeup and black eyes! Yep, bad brands are not a walk in the park!

The different eyeliners

Eyeliners are the basic form of any makeup which means; if you’re looking into gaining flawless makeup, you should begin by checking out how to apply liquid eyeliner yourself. The reason I’m emphasizing on liquid eyeliners is because they are said to be the easiest to use.

“But there are so many more options to choose from!”

That’s right, there are, and you will essentially find yourself in a pile of eyeliners with no clue what brand would be perfect for you. Don’t worry, that’s why I’m here; I’ll be dedicating this post to review the best eyeliner brands in Australia.

Liquid Eyeliners

It should come as no surprise that liquid eyeliners are known to be the best when it comes to dealing with winged eyeliners. This is often because their easy glide is able to leave behind no errors and gives the perfect point that is needed. It’s also known to be the easiest eyeliner to apply for beginners. When looking into liquid eyeliners, here are a few ideal brands that you could try out:

#1: Inika Eyeliner

If you’re a vegan looking into organic eyeliners, then I would definitely suggest that you try out Inika. I usually have difficulty in choosing this or Lavera Organic eyeliner. However, through a lot of practice, I’ve found that Inika serves the some of the best eyeliners for your use; especially excelling at liquid and pencil eyeliners. I definitely put my trust in Inika because they are said to be a certified organic eyeliner brand working to cater to your vegan needs. Their products are available in various colors including white eyeliners.

I’ve often been asked why I don’t use Lavera instead? Well, it’s not that it’s a bad brand; it’s just that I tend to find it to fade away quite quickly. For a causal look, I would use it, but since it tends to fade away, I opt for a brand that lasts more than 5 hours maximum.

Inika, on the other hand, truly earns the title of being both water and smudge resistant and gives you a flawless look. If you’re looking at something for everyday use, then I would suggest that you try their pencil eyeliner since it lasts the longest.

#2: Stila Eyeliner

Stila is known for its liquid eyeliner collection for a flawless style. For just $22.00 I got a collection that wasn’t just waterproof, but unlike other eyeliners, I could actually apply it without the corners melting off. On top of that, if I had to correct my mascara, or left it for the last minute, I could do it without having the eyeliner scraped off. That’s something not most eyeliners offer and trust me, I’ve used my fair share of eyeliners; no wonder it’s termed as the best liquid eyeliner of 2018 by Cosmopolitan!

However, I’ve found that that the 12-hour eyeliner from the Sephora collection, comes in close competition with Stila eyeliner. It’s termed as the easiest eyeliner to apply for beginners because of its easy and smooth glide. And if you make any mistakes with it, you can effortlessly wipe it off without leaving behind any smudges.

#3: L’Oreal Paris

This is my personal favorite; L’Oreal products have always fascinated me, but their eyeliners have especially taken to my liking. The Superliner especially has grown on me because of its dark look and thick application. The reason I pick this for my thick wings is because it dries off quickly and gives an intense look to the eyes, not to mention it’s perfect finishing. Trust me; it’s the easiest yet the sexiest product you’ll use for $24.00.

#4: Tom Ford

Granted Tom Ford is the most expensive brand out there, but if you try out their eyeliner, you’ll be hooked almost instantly! Well, to be honest, you will have to spend around $90.00 for this product. But I promise you; it’ll be worth it! The best part is that Tom Ford double ended pen is a blessing in makeup for the perfect winged eyeliner; the brush for a smooth glide and the point felt tip to define the point of the wing. When I first started to use the Tom Ford eyeliners, I must admit, I had a difficult time in applying it and making sure my wing was not crooked; however, after a few tries, I had a flawless wing to rock the look!

#5: Kat Von D

Ah yes, my very first practice eyeliner. It’s the one eyeliner that actually made me excel at making wings, mainly because of its flexible tip! This eyeliner tattoo is said to be the best, and it’s for a good reason, too! Kat Von D liquid eyeliner is known for its ability to perfect any style of eyeliner that you’re putting on. Since it is a tattoo, it makes sure to stay on regardless of the external conditions. Granted the color is too bold for most people’s liking but it’s still great. At least it doesn’t fade away! I tried the Kat Von D eyeliner, and I could immediately pull off any style that lasted for the whole day! For $28.00, I definitely make sure I repurchase it every time I run out.

Gel Eyeliners

Gel eyeliners are also good for making wings; however, I often recommend that you try applying it on a daily basis to master its art. Since it’s very easy to pull off a look with these, I know a lot of people who decide to apply on the lower part of your eyes. Here are a few of the best Gel eyeliner brands in Australia:

L’Oreal Gel Crayon

L’oreal Infallible is often on my top list. I often use this product, and while I wouldn’t personally find it to be the best, it still offers a long-lasting effect. For $16.95, I get a crayon that stays on for a good 24 hours without washing off. Trust me when I say this, that’s a major plus point for Australians in the summer! The only problem that I did find with this product was the fact that you had to sharpen it, but other than that, it’s the perfect Kohl!

Pro Tip: If I use this gel eyeliner on my upper eyelid then I often make sure I use a tape to guide the line. It’s the perfect way to pull off a good wing!

Rimmel

The Scandaleyes Rimmel Eyeliner is definitely something that you should try out. For $7.00, you get an eyeliner that doesn’t flake, dry out or fade away. However, you need to know how to control the brush. I personally can’t control the brush too well which is why I can never have the right wing. I’ve once had it on for a good 23 hours, and it still looked flawless! However, it is a tad bit difficult to take off, and if you wear contacts, then I would recommend that you try out different alternatives instead.

Bobby Brown

Alright so I thought $39.00 was a bit much for a get eyeliner, but I was wrong. For anyone who’s not a Bobby Brown fan, you’re missing out! I don’t often use their gel eyeliners because, as I mentioned before, I don’t have control over my brush. However, this product made it very easy for me! The best part is that it doesn’t budge and you can work well with just applying one layer.

Napoleon Perdis

According to makeup experts, Napoleon Perdis eyeliners are said to be the best which is why I tried out their gel eyeliners. The China Doll Gel liner is the perfect product for $39.00 but only if you’re trying to achieve a smudged look. I don’t use it often, just when I need to pull off a good smokey eye. However, I wouldn’t normally recommend it to people who are opting to achieve a beautiful wing that stays on point throughout the day. 

Colorpop

Colorpop is famous for its shades of lip colors, but I’ve found that their gel eyeliners are just as great. Most gel eyeliners give a glossy look, but this one gives a matte finish and an easy application. You can make sure the Crème Gel Liner by colorpop is something that you try out especially because of its easy glide. If you’re looking for Vegan products, then this is the one for you! However, I’d suggest that you think twice about getting the deep burgundy Best-o-liner; I’ve found it to be much too dry!

Pencil eyeliner

What I’ve noticed about pencil eyeliners is that they are often quite light, but they are perfect for use on the eyelids. However, they also offer a great way to go through an everyday look without seeming too dressed up. I often make use of glitter eyeliners to outline the pencil for a more defined look. Here are some of my favorite brands of Pencil Eyeliners in Australia:

Urban Decay

The Urban Decay eye pencil is my all-time favorite! I bought the urban decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil for $33.00, and it’s been a great way to spend my money! They have an easy application, come in various different colors and can pull off a smudge and non-smudged look! It’s my number one choice, often because they help me in achieving the perfect look on a day-to-day basis without making it look “too much”.

Mecca

Mecca Max eyeliner pencil gives a more defined look to your eyes, and it’s especially great for using as a Kohl. I often reserve this when I need to pull off a winged look to a hangout. It doesn’t make you look like you’ve got too much makeup on, and if you want, you can use the Mecca glitter eyeliner on the lower half for a sexy, final touch. However, there are a few flaws in this pencil; firstly, it’s not really long lasting. I’d be lucky if it stays on for over 6-7 hours. Secondly, sharpening it is quite a hassle. It’s like spending $13.00 on a one-time use product because it’s nib and wood would often snap off.

M.A.C

Just like any other pencil, this one is commonly known for its ability to make a sharp point and comfortable glide. MAC products are quite well known, and I’ve especially grown accustomed to the frequent use of their pencil. This is one pencil that I’ve seen which helps in achieving the “wide-eye” look, and it only costs $29.00! I often keep this away for special occasions, mostly because of the fact that it gives a flawless, defined look. It’s the perfect way to add a final touch to your makeup, even if it’s just an outline to your eyelids.

NYX Jumbo

The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil is unlike other pencils and often the best product to use when you want to try out a thick eyeliner. It’s often confused with a gel crayon, but it works just like a pencil! It doesn’t necessarily define your eyes as other pencils do; however, it also has the ability to smudge to an extent. With a smashing %9.95, you can get a product you’ll be quite satisfied with. The NYX White Eye Pencil helps me achieve a sexy and a quite sophisticated look. I tend to keep the black pencil away for when I’m trying out smoky eyes or when I’m in a hurry to go out and the other colors for special occasions. Its smooth glide can help me get the perfect look without much effort.

I would definitely recommend that you try out these products and look out for sales and discounts to make sure you save some money in your pocket as well. If you’re looking for something to use on a regular basis, then I would recommend that you make a habit of using eye pencils. That’s usually because they’re so light and much easier to take off without having your eyes smudge away on the residues. All in all, once you’ve got these products in your hands, it wouldn’t be long before you start rocking your style!

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