The right eyeliner can make or break your look … will it stay on or end up halfway down your face? Is the colour right? Is it easy to apply? Finding the perfect liner can be an expensive business. So we’ve done the work for you and tried five of the best, all under £5 …
This is a big chunk of an eyeliner. It has two ends – one is black, the other is beige, and the idea is that the beige goes on the inner rim of the lashline, and the black goes on the outer rim, thus making eyes look bigger and brighter. The black shade is soft and easy to apply, although it’s easier to smudge when the point is blunt as it gives more of a smudgey line. The beige is a little harder and takes a few tries to apply. Be careful with this as the inner rim of the eye is delicate and easily damaged or irritated. The end result is good – eyes do look bigger, and the beige shade is more natural looking than a stark white.
As the cheapest liner in the test, this is a real winner. We tested Shade 3, an azure blue which makes eyes pop and works with any eye colour. It’s like a very fine crayon that twists up, so there’s no need for sharpening. The point is fine enough to get a perfect line, and even a flick if you fancy. It lasts really well, and even better if it’s dusted with a little loose powder. It comes in 10 fab shades, and is cheap enough to treat yourself to a couple … or even three!
This is currently on offer, reduced from £6.99, and it’s worth trying if you’ve never had a liquid pen liner. We tried this in a very dark green, and it’s a surprisingly flattering shade. For cat’s eyes, this is the one … it’s so precise that you can create the finest of flicks. Lean a little harder and you have a thicker, more intense line. A great one for eyeliner novices, as you really can’t go wrong with this.
This is a dinky liquid eyeliner. We tried it in silver and were pleasantly surprised. Often silver eyeliners can look a bit scary, and they’re best left to those who frequent nightclubs in the early hours. But this is a pale, flattering silver that’s easy to apply with a very fine brush. In fact, it took two coats to really see the colour. This is a great shade for blue eyes as it accentuates the colour, and it’s very wearable for daytime as it stays put for hours.
For anyone looking to create the perfect smoky eye, give it a go with this. This is the softest eyeliner in the test, it’s really creamy and just glides on. It comes with a built-in smudger, so once you get the perfect line, mess it up a little for a natural look. It comes in grey, brown, black and purple, so if you don’t want black, dramatic smoky eyes, go for one of the other shades – brown or grey if you’re blonde or fair-skinned, and purple if you have brown or dark eyes. It’s not the longest-lasting in terms of staying put, but you want a little movement with smoky eyes, so it works perfectly.