I’ve been experimenting with some of the new kohl eyeliners for autumn.
While fashionable flicks are a big trend this season, I’ve just been trying the new pencils to get a touch of definition along the upper outer eyelid, and then smudging it, so I need one that’s just soft enough but not so squidgy that it makes it too hard to control.
Enter Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner (£18), above, in (surprise!), Jade, which I absolutely love because, like brown, it’s softer and easier to wear than black but a bit different.
On the lid, you’d be hard pressed to recognise is as green, it’s just a lovely, smokey hue that’s perfect if, like me, your jet black eyeliner days are behind you and you need something more subtle.
Crucially, too, it comes with a great ‘smudger’ tip, for easy, foolproof blending.
My other find is the new Clarins Crayon Kohl (£17) in Intense Brown, which isn’t quite as soft as the Bobbi pencil but would, for that reason, probably be better if you want a more precise line rather than a smoked-out effect (you could get a very fine line close to the lashes with this one).
You also get a natural hair brush at the other end, rather than the ‘smudger’, with this one.
For me, of these two new additions, the Bobbi pencil comes out tops purely because I prefer a softer, more foolproof liner (and I love the smudger tip).
I’ll be covering more options (for all budgets) over the coming weeks, especially in the run-up to the party season!