Like most vintage, retro, rockabilly, pin-up, what have you, girls out there - I am constantly on the hunt for the best red lipstick (right now Make up Forever #205) and the best black eyeliner. It is essential to the look. Applying it is a skill, and an art form, and it has taken me years to get it down to where it only takes me about 5 minutes to get it just the way I like it. I've dabbled with liquid with a brush, with a felt tip, out of the jar, everything. For many people, their problem is in the application. For me, it's the longevity of the product. I have a very oily face that doesn't take too kindly to keeping make up on all day. I don't wear eye shadows or much during the day when I'm at my regular 9-5 - so my eyeliner has to stay put on its own without much to help it along.
Here are some items I've found recently that have a better chance of doing the trick than others, and if they can last on me for nearly 8 hours, a normal person would probably have to scrub their face off to remove it.
Almay Liquid Eyeliner -
The small felt brush is usually only left to the professionals because it's much easier to get a wayward line here and there. Though I've read reviews about this one smudging easily, I felt it's got nearly the best staying power and it is an intense solid black line.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner -
Definitely the priciest of the bunch, but I had to try it based on a review I read online where the girl couldn't even get it off with water. The part right along the lash line does last for hours and hours, and takes some real makeup remover to get it off, but my cats eye wing was gone after about 4 hours. Since it's just in the pot, you need to make sure you have your own brush to use.
Make up Forever Waterproof Eyeliner -
I love Make up Forever, so it was no shock for me to try out their liquid eyeliner. It's a thin long brush, super easy to use for one solid flowing line winging out at the ends. This lasts for hours, but can start to look not as black after a few and might need a touch up.
For those wishing for some tutorial on how to get the perfect winged eyeliner:
Remember, practice makes perfect!