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Two liquid eyeliner pencilsKenji Aoki

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L’Oréal Paris Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Black ($9 at drugstores)—surprisingly, not in brown or plum or any other softer, seemingly more wearable color—was a standout for its ability to create a deep, smoky statement eye that was more charcoal than jet.

Lancôme Artliner EyeLiner in Noir ($30.50, lancome-usa.com) won accolades for being the most user-friendly liquid liner in everyone’s favorite hue. The foam tip can be held horizontally and gently pressed along the lash lines so lashes look naturally thicker.

In a perfect world, you would be able to apply liquid eyeliner in such a straight line that it would blend seamlessly into the base of your lashes. Unfortunately, morning caffeine jitters can make that a tough feat. To camouflage “slights” of hand, makeup guru Bobbi Brown recommends correcting any bumps with a pencil liner in the same color.

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