Back to Black: Couture Eyeliners to Try Now

A gorgeous new eyeliner pencil is as much an essential coming into autumn as a chic winter coat, writes our SARAH HALLIWELL, who shares her KOHL HIGHLIGHTS of eyeliners for AW15

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It’s getting close to going back to school time, which always reminds us of shiny new pencil cases and sharpened HBs. But this autumn, we have our eyes on these rather chic pencils. Black kohl liner was the weapon of choice on the autumn/winter catwalks, including DIANE VON FURSTENBURG, above.

While liquid liners like MAC‘s LiquidLast (€21) will give you a sharp cat’s eye flick (if you have a steady enough hand, that is), a kohl or kajal liner is made up of sooty, inky pigment that allows for some judicious smudging and blending on both the upper and lower lash lines.

Hurray then for ESTEE LAUDER, who’ve managed to include both liquid and kohl in their double-ended Little Black Liner (€28.50), set to be the LBD of the season. Also brilliantly easy to use are these perfectly weighted kajal liners on the way from YSL Beauté (€32.50) and Laura Mercier (€27), from September.

“You can draw it on in three seconds and it’s done. It feels like a pen, and because it’s soft, it glides on easily and gives a sexy, smudgy effect that looks great on every woman.”

Traditionally a little messy to use and short-lived, these kajals are instantly smudgeable but then stay put to give a lasting inky line. YSL’s even come in subtle shades of khaki and midnight blue as well as rich black, which can really bring out your eye colour.

YSL’s creative director of make-up LLOYD SIMMONS says of the Couture Kajal: “You can draw it on in three seconds and it’s done. It feels like a pen, and because it’s soft, it glides on easily and gives a sexy, smudgy effect that looks great on every woman.”

Simmonds recommends using the tip of the kajal along the inside lash line, smudging it afterwards using your fingers or a brush and then cleaning up any excess with a cotton bud soaked in eye make-up remover. Essential stationary for the new season.

Sarah Halliwell