by Dora Fung


To Eyeliner or Not to Eyeliner?

I am normally not an eyeliner wearer but when I first heard about a new liquid eyeliner from Japan during Fashion Week—I was intrigued. One of the reasons I find wearing liquid liner an issue is because of my Asian eyes. Our eyelids tend to have small or nonexistent creases. The few times I have attempted to use eyeliner—I end up looking like a panda from the smudging. Now with all these new foolproof eyeliners available—this could finally be the time to try a cat eye or get on the bandwagon for a splash of kohl on the lids. Beauty experts give us their favorites old and new:

Nick Barose, Makeup Artist

"New and easy to use —this Asian brand UZ by Flowfushi liquid liner pen has a great formula and is super delicate. It is a refined pen so you get elegant swoops.

For a more natural look, Lancome Artliner, has a bit of subtle shimmer so the lines don’t look too inky and comes in a softer black and brown so it’s not harsh—my mom loves it.

Lancome Artliner Precision Point Liquid Eyeliner, $30.50

Lancome Artliner Precision Point Liquid Eyeliner, $30.50

Serge Lutens Kohl liner, it’s a cake liner you put on with a brush and you can do any kind of lines. It’s very easy to control and you can re-wet it with a brush to make it more liquidy.

Serge Lutens  Beauté Kohl Eyeliner, $75

Serge Lutens Beauté Kohl Eyeliner, $75

Glossier Play ColorSlide New Gel liner pencil comes in fun colors and is an easy way to add the eyes."

Glossier  Play Colorslide, $15

Glossier Play Colorslide, $15

Valerie Zhang, Vogue China Beauty Director

"I am a huge eyeliner fan! I have tried at least 100 eyeliners. My favorite eyeliner is the Jill Stuart liquid eyeliner. I almost never use eye pencils as they are too easily smudged. This eyeliner is super easy to draw with—smooth and delicate. The best thing is it never smudges after a whole day! My favorite color is deep brown, it is good for deep brown eyes like mine. "

Jill Stuart  Beauty, $19

Jill Stuart Beauty, $19

Kim Bui, Fashion Consultant

"I like the feline flick from Charlotte Tilbury in brown—super natural and I also really like the Marc Jacobs for black because it draws like a sharpie on your eye!"

Charlotte Tilbury  Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner, $30

Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner, $30

Emma Strenner, Beauty Director at Large, Conde Nast International

"Troy Surratt, Auto Graphique Liner, $42. The inky finish has a great deep pigment. Its like Japanese calligraphy pen in terms of the brush. Doesn’t smudge and you get a great little flick at the end.

Surratt  Auto Graphique Liner, $42

Surratt Auto Graphique Liner, $42

Jennifer Yee, Market & Beauty Director, CR Fashion Book

"Chanel, Chanel, CHANEL! Only Chanel, always. Le Crayon Khôl in Noir. I've used it for years. I love it because it's the perfect texture—not too creamy to where it'll run or smear and not too dry to where it'll tear your eyelid off upon application.  I will never leave the house without my Chanel eyeliner on."

Chanel Le Crayon  Khôl, $30

Chanel Le Crayon Khôl, $30