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Finally, a Kohl Eyeliner That Won’t Smudge, Just in Time for Summer


I have been perfecting the art of applying eyeliner since the age of 12. I find that the key to a liner that lasts (a trick I learned from Pat McGrath) is to line the upper lash line with a sharp kohl pencil, before adding a layer of liquid liner over the top. Smokey eye fans will know that it is hard to find a kohl liner that is both jet black and stays in place. Some formulas tend to slide around the eyes, especially when temperatures start to soar, leaving you looking more panda-like than pretty.


Always on the lookout for a kohl pencil that won’t budge, I came across the Clarins Crayon Khôl Intense Line Pencil in Extreme Black (US $26; AED/SAR 95).

When I traced this kohl pencil on my top set of eyelashes, it glided on smoothly, leaving behind an inky-black liner. I didn’t need the addition of a liquid eyeliner over the top and when I checked its staying power after my ten-hour busy beauty day, it had not moved even a millimeter.

The only problem that I encountered with this intense black liner was that it needed a war paint-stripping eye makeup remover, such as the Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover (US $29; AED/SAR 106), to come off at bedtime.

Remember to place the remover-soaked cotton pads gently over the eyes to loosen the makeup before wiping away, and never rub the delicate eye area—you’re only asking for premature wrinkles.


All illustrations by Shamekh Al Bluwi

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