Eyeliners are probably the only makeup product you find yourself running out of much sooner than you’d like. But every done-with pencil and empty pot is another opportunity to discover a new favourite one. Whether it’s at a shoot, a press event or a party, Bollywood celebrities are always expected to have their best face on—which brings the pressure on their makeup artists, to ensure that they use the best beauty products and techniques to deliver. We spoke to seven Bollywood celebrity makeup artists about the one holy-grail eyeliner they’d never let go of from their beauty kits, whether they’re creating a classic winged eye or a bridal beauty look. Here are their top picks.
“The Blacktrack is my favourite—it’s smooth, glides beautifully and it’s jet black in colour.” – Anil Chinappa
“I love this gel eyeliner the most. It glides smoothly and gives me free reign to be as creative as I want. It doesn’t crease, is highly pigmented and suits the Indian skin perfectly. It’s waterproof and long wear—just what I need for shoots. It’s also great for sensitive skin and comes off easily with makeup remover without being harsh on the eyes.” – Lekha Gup
“The Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen is the best eyeliner I’ve ever used. It has two sides to create a thick and thin eyeliner look with ease and always gives clean results.” – Shaan Muttathil
“My favourite would have to be the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen. It’s a dual-ended liquid eyeliner with a thin and thick end which helps for the inside corners of the eye as well as the outside and delivers ultimate precision and evenness. Plus, it doesn’t dry out soon like other pen eyeliners. Mine has been working perfectly for the past six months now.” – Saniya Shadadpuri
“I love Clinique’s gel eyeliner because it’s jet black and is neither too fluid nor too dry. It doesn’t dry in the pot either if left unused for a while, goes on smoothly and can be used to create a variety of beauty looks.” – Puneet B Saini
“My favourite eyeliner is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. It has the most perfect brush tip that helps with finest of wings. And once it’s on, it’s locked in and doesn’t budge.” – Kritika Gill
“I love the L’Oréal gel liner. It’s my go-to eyeliner because the consistency is perfect; it’s super easy to apply; you can create an eyeliner look or a smoky eye with this product and once you apply it, it doesn’t move at all. I trust it and use it for all my shoots and for bridal makeup clients as well.” – Arti Nayar
Buy here.Still wondering whether you prefer gel eyeliners or you’re more a pen eyeliner kind of person? Have a look at our guide here that’ll help you pick the perfect eyeliner for your beauty needs and skill set.