I like my eyeliner sharp. Hair thin at the end and a deep and dark matte black. As the internet likes to call it “sharp enough to kill a man” and “as black as my soul”.
To get a sharp wing, people sometimes talk about a “flick”. You flick your liner brush and the end comes out sharp like this. I’m a scientist, and I like things to be predictable and repeatable. When I flick my eyeliner, it comes out different every time. I usually end up with mismatched eyeliner. I have seen ninja beauty gurus who manage beautiful precise sharp wings in less than a second. I’m not one of them.
I need products that will predictably and repeatably achieve the look above. By the way, that is not edited (other than cropped).
The first and most important product to achieve this look, is a brush tip eyeliner that has a brush that is hair thin at the end. An eyeliner that will let me draw hair thin lines precisely where I want them. I have two favourite eyeliners for this.
The first one is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I have a sample size but the full size (that I have tried at a Sephora) has the same brush tip applicator and the product consistency is the same.
The second eyeliner that I love for this job is more affordable and almost identical. It’s the Physician’s Formula Lash Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black that you can get here. I can’t talk much about the serum effect, I’ve never noticed any difference in the length of my lashes. But the brush tip on this eyeliner is perfect.
Although these two eyeliners are very black and have a very precise brush tip that let me draw on the sharpest wing every single time, the problem that I have with these liners is that they are not matte and they are not waterproof.
To get my eyeliner to become matte and waterproof, I use the Essence Waterproof Liquid Ink eyeliner. The brush applicator on this is fine but as you can see, it does have a wide edge (rather than the tapered edge that the previous two liners have). The brush on the previous two tapers to a single bristle at the end while the brush tip on this one have all its brushes at an even length.
To get the look I’m after (sharp dark winged liner), I first apply my liner using either the Physician’s Formula Eyeliner or the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner then I go over it with the Essence Waterproof Liquid Ink Eyeliner.
My wings are sharp, dark and they stay put all day.