Whether you're going for a full-on cat-eye red carpet look, or simply something to define your lash line, a black eyeliner does the job. Or does it...
HOURGLASS 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner (right)
1.5mm equals super, super skinny. This is terrific for lining very, very close to the lash line. I found it to be a tiny bit too smudgy, and for a such a little line, I got rather a big panda look when I used it on my waterline. Suits your inner rock chick, for sure. That price is for a pack of three, so it'll last you ages.
BUTTER LONDON Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black
OMG talk about smudgy. This was all over my eye area in - ha, ha - a blink of said eyes. It is very black, which is great on contact. All day? Not so much.
MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Eyestudio Master Graphic Eyeliner (below)
Fun! It's like a big, fat, black magic marker, only you draw on your eyelids! This goes on so easily, and so quickly, it'll make you the boss of the flicky cat-eye. It also mainly stays put: a tiny touch-up was required during the day, but for use at night, this will be your new BFF.
BENEFIT they're real! push-up liner (below)
This works great if you go to the Benefit Boutique on South William Street and have one of their make-up pros apply it. I tried and tried, but the found the whole thing awkward. You dial up the product so it comes out on a brush, but the little blob that you're left with doesn't glide on well at all. Too hard to use all on my own.
NYX Felt Tip Pen Eyeliner
Loved this! The applicator is perfectly pointy, but there's also enough heft to it that you can get a fat line if you want one. Its staying power is fantastic! This is built like a premium brand eye pen, but is priced very competitively.