Last December, I got all fancified for The Hubby's office party. You may remember this look, which featured an updo from my local, lovely hair salon and some seriously dense eyeliner:
I was surprised by how much I liked the the fairly heavy application of eyeliner. Usually my makeup routine hovers in the "slim-to-none" region. But I decided that maybe I should investigate wearing a bolder liner, and on a daily basis. So, since December, I've been trying to find a good one. Because this is what I had been working with:
A positively decrepit Estee Lauder palette, ca. early 1990s. I have IRAs younger than this! As you can see from the brown and black pans, I was trying to mix up something blackish-brown. Or maybe brownish-black.
All the while using an eyeliner brush that is getting very, very tired.
Wet 'n' Wild H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner, at about $4 a pop.
Ugh. Let's just say it was so bad, I tossed it in the trash can before I even thought to take a photo of it. But if you insist, here's an image from amazon.com.
Next I tried Revlon's ColorStay Liquid Liner in a skinny bottle, also about $4, with a brush in the handle.
Revlon ColorStay Gel Eyeliner is about $10 each, at your local drug store. I got a little silly and bought Brown and Plum.
Bad idea, that. The plum one is such a pretty color:
At this point, I'd had enough of drug-store eyeliners. Next step: the beauty-supply stores. The lovely young lady behind the counter swore this would do the trick:
Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Gel Eyeliner. At first, I was skeptical. It looked a lot like the not-so-great Revlon gel liners:
But it went on much better, with a smooth, even coat that didn't require a second or third application to fill in the patchy parts (the Smashbox liner is the bottom one in the picture below):
I think I found my best option. So I bought a new liner brush to celebrate.
And how does it look? It looks pretty good.
And it only takes direct sunlight, a 5x magnifying mirror, and a pair of trifocals for me to put it on properly!