Much like a capsule wardrobe, a makeup kit that is stocked with the basics will see you through your everyday in style. And, as with capsule wardrobes, capsule makeup collections tend to feel a little bit bland until you inject them with a few pops of color. The best colored eyeliner has come a long way from the waxy sticks with low-quality pigment you could find at a dollar store. Now you can buy seriously high-end eyeliner in a range of shades, from acid green and hot pink to milk white and metallic copper.
There are three main types of eyeliners, and they have different pros and cons, especially when you're in the market for eye-popping hues.
- Pros: Whether you're eyeing a traditional pencil or one that's more like a creamy crayon, this type of eyeliner is easy to apply and is great for beginners. Pencils can be good for the waterline depending on the formula, and they're usually very pigmented.
- Cons: You have to sharpen some of them, and the creamy versions aren't always budge-proof.
- Pros: A liquid liner is capable of drawing sharp lines that can really add drama, and it's hands-down the best formula for applying glitter since there's no fallout.
- Cons: You have to let it dry, the application can be difficult, it's not good for the waterline, and you may have to layer for maximum opacity.
- Pros: You can apply these with a finger or brush, they usually don’t smudge, and they can double as shadow, liner, or even highlighter.
- Cons: Depending on the formula they might tug on lids, and they are notorious for drying out before you hit pan.
The bright and beautiful colored eyeliners below come in pencils, liquids, and so much more — and all are reasonably priced.
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