Over the years, I have grown to appreciate the importance of a good eyeliner and mascara in my beauty routine. I love a bit of deep brown or true black liner to emphasize my eyes and make them pop. Although mascara works well, adding a bit of eyeliner defines my eye even more also helps to hide any of those pesky smudges you can get from going too close to your lid while wiggling the mascara wand trying to create perfectly defined lashes.
I’m a huge fan of Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner ($25.00, available at Sephora) for a perfectly thin, slightly smudged line. It glides on smoothly and I will probably never run out of the stuff. But sometimes, I’m in too big a rush to bother with a pot of gel liner and a brush. In my efforts to find a good pencil substitute (because pencils are much faster!), I recently tried the Maybelline New York Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil ($6.99 – $9.99, available at most drugstores) and I am in love. It gives me a precise, thin line that adds just enough emphasis to my eyes without being too dramatic (perfect for a workday or weekend look), it glides on smoothly and effortlessly, and the price is great. This liner comes in black, brown, and charcoal. I’ve tried the black and will definitely be picking up the brown for a more subtle, everyday look.
My go to mascara is L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black ($10 at most drugstores) because it gives me enviably thick lashes. But I also like to switch things up now and then, and I recently chose L’Oréal’s Volume Million Lashes Féline mascara on a bit of a whim after finding it at Winners. (Yes, I find a lot of my favourite beauty products at Winners, largely because it is the only place I visit, besides Starbucks, on my break from work!) This mascara emphasizes length and I find it’s a nice change for days when I’m going for a slightly more defined look. The brush takes some getting used to so that you don’t actually poke yourself in the eye with it, but once you’ve mastered that, it goes on quite well. Unfortunately, this one is only available in Canada if you can find it at Winners/Marshalls/Homesense, but a good, readily available substitute is the L’Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara ($10 at most drugstores).
Together with a great neutral eye shadow, I love the eye look that these two products are currently giving me. What are your go-to tricks for eyes? Do you use mascara or eyeliner, or both? Share your favourites in the comments below – I’m always looking for the next great eye product to try.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,