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Bold eyeliner looks aren’t just for the rock chicks anymore, you can now pull off the grunge look with your neutral shadows too

April 02, 2019 – alike Editorial Team

There are a ton of beauty trends that the makeup obsessed want to get on board with this 2019. There’s the current obsession with hyaluronic acid for skincare, the return of the plump lip gloss, as well as the dreamy pastel-colored glossy eye looks, colored mascaras, and new eyeliner techniques that make colorful and creative contours on the lids.

Speaking of eyeliners, a trend from the 90s rock scene (Goggle Kim Gordon) has reemerged. Black eyeliner rimmed heavily on the eyes has made a comeback, and this time, it’s paired with  peachy, au naturel shadows, with lines more precise than before.

Thinking it’s just another smokey eye look? That’s where you’re wrong—this bold eyeliner style ideally follows the shape of your peepers, before wings and other edgy geometric shapes are drawn. The technique plays with a pretty solid color, too, as opposed to the blending of dark hues, equally achieving that grungy chic look. One can also build it with more strokes for a stronger, eye-catching statement.












One of the eyeliners on the market to try this look with is Maybelline’s recently released Tattoo Crayon Pen (P299). It has a creamy formula in two versatile and everyday colors, dark brown and black, which makes it easy to build and glide on your lids. The gel crayon gives vivid lines, and has a powder-like finish.

The crayon pen’s design actually reminds us of the holy grail eyeliner of most beauty gurus, the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner (also this writer's personal favorite). It comes as a twist-up pencil with no built-in sharpener. If you’re the type who is particular with your makeup’s ingredients, we already checked it for you—this product does not contain hazards for your skin.

With this product, you can easily achieve the line thickness you’re going for, and it does not tug on the eyelid during application. There is also good color pay off after the first stroke and it won’t flake as you try to layer it and draw broader lines. We also found that when you build your strokes, the more your bold liner look will last longer—and that’s how we know it’s really made for the current grunge makeup trend (just Google the Coach and Chloe runway looks)!

The dark brown liner is perfect for those who prefer a more natural look (which we’re currently gravitating towards). While the black liner is made for all those special events and night outs—and if you decide to glam up a bit and take beauty shots with your friends, black is the way to go.

Since Maybelline claimed that their liner is smudgeproof, sweatproof, and waterproof, we had to put it through a test. We drew swatches on our hands and ran them under water. It took several swipes before the strokes began to fade on our skin. It’s the kind of makeup you won’t have to worry about while you’re out—you can rock a subtle cat eye at the gym or on the beach, if that makes you feel more confident.

But it’s important to note that lids can get oily, too. Four hours after we gave our eyes a small wing, it started fading in color, but not so much that it began to flake or give us raccoon eyes. The next day, we decided to apply an eyelid primer to test the longevity of the crayon—this made the liner stay on for a good nine hours (quite a downer as it claims a 36-hour wear).

The drying time of this liner is quick, but it also gives you enough time to blur and blend it on your lash lines if that’s the look you’re going for. There are also lots of eyeliners that rub off when you use an eyelash curler, fortunately, this did not happen with this product. However, this eyeliner is not meant for the tight-lining technique. It’s not the type to show on your waterlines. But would we still recommend it? Yes. Would we continue using it? Definitely.—Bianca Ocampo




Photos courtesy of Maybelline



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