The $7 Drugstore Eyeliner I Swear By
You need to add this to your makeup bag.
I like to experiment with makeup every now and then, but when it comes to my everyday look, I generally follow a routine. Sunscreen and tinted moisturizer always, usually a concealer under my eyes and for blemishes, sometimes a blush, bronzer, or lip color, and a simple black mascara and eyeliner combination on work days and weekend nights. I like to think that this keeps my look natural, but polished—and it works whether I’m at the office, running errands, or out with friends.
For most of these steps, I have tried-and-true products that I regularly return to, but that’s never been the case with eyeliner. I’ve tried every type—pencils, kohl, gel pots, liquid liner pens—but I've never found one good enough to commit to. Most liners don't last all day, and anything with staying power is difficult to use. In the case of liquid liners, my preferred look, the product would flake away over the course of the day or rub off unintentionally. Gel called for way more precision than I could muster most mornings. And the black pigment in kohl and pencils would transfer onto my lower lids after a few hours, leaving me with the dreaded “raccoon eyes.” These problems were enough to keep me buying and trying new products every time I ran out.
Until I found the Maybelline Master Precise Ink Liquid Liner in Black Comet. Sold for under $7 on Amazon, this is the only true black liquid liner I’ve found that lasts all day long, with just one application. The formula's staying power is so impressive that, in addition to standing up to sweat and waves on a recent beach trip, it won’t always come off with my usual face wash. (A quick swipe of Simple Micellar Water on a cotton round across my eyes does the trick.)
And aside from its supreme staying power, the applicator is perfectly sized. Other skinny liquid liner pens I used gave me uneven results. I'd end up with one perfectly lined eyelid and another that, as hard as I tried, never quite matched. But that struggle is a thing of the past. And as much as I’d like to think it’s because of my makeup skills, I have the brush tip of this product to thank for that.
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Now that I’ve mastered such a basic part of my routine, I’ve felt more comfortable experimenting with different looks. To try something new with your own eye makeup, see how to master the perfect cat-eye and the best makeup for your eye shape.