Friday 22 September 2017

The Panel: Get in line for new eyeliners for summer

Summer's here and it's time for new eyeliners, says Sarah Caden, and these five products are the panellists' top picks

Pictured, from left: Lancome Khol Hypnose Waterproof in Taupe; Seventeen Tattoo Me Semi Permanent Liquid Eyeliner; Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper; No7 Smoky Powder Eyeliner in Gunmetal; butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Indigo Punk
Pictured, from left: Lancome Khol Hypnose Waterproof in Taupe; Seventeen Tattoo Me Semi Permanent Liquid Eyeliner; Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper; No7 Smoky Powder Eyeliner in Gunmetal; butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Indigo Punk

Sarah Caden

Whether the sun is shining or not, the summer sunlight can shine a little too brightly into a person's make-up bag. Items that did wonders to make you look smarter and sharper in the gloom of winter and spring can suddenly seem heavy and a bit try-hard.

Eyeliner is the worst offender in this regard, and can look a bit starkly drawn on in bright light.

Black eyeliner can come over as especially harsh, and heavily lining both the upper and lower lash lines is a little bit Kate Middleton – and not in a good way. There's no need to ditch the liner come summer, but lining just the upper lash line is one option for a lighter look, as is tweaking your choice of colour.

The five favourites this week are eyeliners that will work all summer long, through holidays and all manner of temperamental Irish summer weather.

There's colour in the mix, but also a range of textures, and some no-budge beauties that'll perform well in the sea and swimming pool. And one brilliant black, in case you can't kick the habit.

BEST OVERALL

Lancome Khol Hypnose Waterproof in Taupe, €23, Lancome counters nationwide

This waterproof, twist-up pencil is wonderfully impossible to smudge, and water won't shift it, either. Which is not to say that it's a very hard, skin-pulling pencil. It goes on softly, and you have a few seconds to smudge, if necessary, but then it sets and stays put. The colour is a harsh-light-friendly grey-brown, as the name suggests. "A best friend for summer holidays," said one panellist. "It even has a built-in sharpener."

BEST GLOSSY GREY

Seventeen Tattoo Me Semi Permanent Liquid Eyeliner, €6.29, Boots nationwide

This is a liquid eyeliner, with a long, narrow brush that allows you to paint on either thick or thin lines; it's the colour that makes this a summer option. Grey might not seem obviously summery, but it's a softer alternative to black. Also, this dries to a glossy finish, which makes it look less dense. "For the price, this lasted well without flakiness and looked dearer than it is," said a panellist. "It's a keeper for a less-made-up look all year round."

BEST BLACK DIAMOND

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper, €42, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork

If you can't be dragged away from black, then check out this double-ended, super-black liquid liner. At one end of the "pen" is a very thin, long, brush applicator, with which you can achieve a very thin, defined line. The other end is a bit more like a calligraphy pen, with which you can do thicker lines and great flicks. "The shade name says it all," said one panellist. "It's richly black, dense and dramatic, and it never flakes."

BEST SOFT LINE

No7 Smoky Powder Eyeliner in Gunmetal, €10.50, Boots nationwide

This is a sort of hybrid liner, in that it's sort of liquid, but also powdery. The applicator is key to making this weird texture work – it's a bit like a very narrow eye-shadow sponge. The line it creates is of medium thickness, and the powdery finish works beautifully as a companion to eye shadow. "I didn't expect this to last, given how soft it is," one panellist said, "but it stays well, and softly enhances the shape of the lash line, rather than full-on defining it."

BEST METALLIC

Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Indigo Punk, €18, Avoca shops nationwide

This brand, which arrived relatively recently in Ireland, has some impressive products, including eyeliners, which are very soft to apply. They then stay put, however. This is a pretty, girlish colour that goes really well with green or brown eyes. "Come summer, I like a slightly playful flash of colour with loads of black mascara," a panellist said. "This is truly a nice change from black."

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