10 Best Eyeliners for your Lash Extensions.

Hey Beautyholics! So one of the most common questions I get asked is what eyeliner to use with your new set of eyelash extensions. Since I don’t have time do my own research and test them all out, I did the next best thing…
I found the best article about it. 

Below is 10 recommendations from pencils to gels, as well as price points from drugstores to high end. Read it and decide for your self. My only advice though is to stay away from the “Water proof” ones, I know there is a couple in there. And as far as my very own favorite? Hands down the Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner, the felt tip makes it easy to apply and control. Enjoy!

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FYI:These Oil-Free Eyeliners Are Perfect for Lash Extensions
by KARA CUZZONE
Original Article from Byrdie.com

It’s probably apparent from our Instagram feeds and numerous articles on the subject that we love experimenting with eyeliner. Whether we’re playing around with bright, bold colors or practicing Ariana Grande’s cat-eye technique, you can pretty much count on us to be trying out the latest tips and products to elevate our eye looks.

Of course, nabbing the perfect formula is key, especially if you have lash extensions. While most of us might not consider whether or not our favorite pencil liner contains oil, it’s especially crucial for people with falsies. It turns out that oil and eyelash glue don’t exactly mix, so if you want your extensions to last, you’ll have to stick to an oil-free formula. Even if you don’t have lash extensions, these oil-free eyeliners are 10 of our all-time favorites, so you’ll want to read on.

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Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner $25
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The possibilities are endless considering this eye crayon comes in 40 different shades. They come in matte, shimmer, satin, and glitter finishes and a variety of colors that could keep us entertained for days. Try smudging one of the bolder shades all over your lid for a reprieve from your everyday makeup look.

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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner $20
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Luckily, finding an oil-free formula doesn’t mean having to give up liquid liner. The ultra-fine brush tip on this liner from Kat Von D allows for a super-precise, even line that won’t smudge throughout the day. In addition to being oil-free, it’s also cruelty-free, which is something we can definitely get behind.

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Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner $21
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This waterproof liner earns the name Always Sharp thanks to its built-in sharpener which ensures that its precise tip stays intact. The kohl is hyperpigmented and waterproof to ensure that it won’t budge no matter what the day entails. Smudge it along your lash line for a natural, barely there look.

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Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner $10
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Maybelline’s gel liner comes with a brush to save you the hassle of searching for the perfect one on your own. The creamy gel formula is such a dream, you’ll never want to go back to your old pencil. Plus, its rich pigments last up to 24 hours, so there’s no need to worry about touch-ups throughout the day.

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Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner $10
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According to some Ulta buyers, this liquid liner from Soap & Glory rivals the quality of its higher-end counterparts. The versatile marker tip allows for a subtle, thin line, or a bold, exaggerated one, depending on your mood. As the name Supercat indicates, it was practically invented for creating the perfect cat eye.

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Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil $2
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This super-smooth pencil glides across the lid effortlessly. Essence promises it will last for hours upon hours without smudging. “Stays all day and doesn’t smear. I have very watery eyes and it doesn’t run like most eyeliners I have used,” one Ulta buyer confirms.

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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner $27
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Infused with intense pigments, this liner applies as precisely as a liquid but with the ease of a gel. It offers up to 12 hours of waterproof, sweat-resistant wear that doesn’t flake or fade. And considering it has over 1000 five-star reviews on Sephora, we’re not the only fans.

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Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner $26
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This long-wearing liner promises to last 12 hours without smearing or caking. Its creamy formula allows for a smooth, effortless application that’s easily buildable. “This liner stays on! Rubbing and all,” one Sephora buyer raves.

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Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner $20
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If you’re looking to go the less-conventional eyeliner route, this glitter offering from Urban Decay will do the job. It contains superfine glitter in a clear base that stays put (so you don’t have to worry about fallout). Wear it alone, or apply it over your favorite shadow for a shimmery finish.

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Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner $5
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Revlon’s ColorStay formula is made to last up to 16 hours, and we have to say, we’re impressed. It’s precise, pigmented, and waterproof. What more could you ask for? Use the smudge tool on the opposite end for a subtle, smoky effect.

Microshading: What is it exactly?

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“Microshading”, “Blade and Shade”, or “Combo Brows” amongst it’s other names, is basically a combination of the Microblading and Ombré shading technique. The final look varies depending on your brows, whether you have fine hair, thick hair, or no hair at all, sometimes you’ll see more shading than blading or vice versa. Personally, I prefer this over just Microblading because adding shading to it makes it more blended and natural looking. It can be made dramatic or more natural depending on your preference. To find out if this is the right one for you, I recommend you get an in person consultation with your brow artist. Also, when choosing your brow artist make sure they specialize in the style that you want, there are different variations of Microshading, so picking the artist that does the shape and style you like consistently, will gives you more chances of your procedure going flawlessly.

Microshading prices vary by artist location, training and experience. It can go anywhere from $350 to $1000+ . Micro shading at Beautyholic Studio is currently $450 includes 6-8 week touch up.

Which Eyelash Extension Set is best for me?

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One of the most common questions I get specially from clients who are new to eyelash extensions is “What do you think I should get?”. I always respond with an explanation of the differences between the sets, to help them understand and make decision.

Before I begin though, I would like to make sure I stress the importance of being “realistic” with your lash goals. Eyelash extensions are applied on top of your own natural lashes, so if you have 20 lashes on each eye, realistically, about 15 to 18 of that are lash-able. Why can’t all of them be lashed? Well, some of your lashes are thinner, shorter, farther or curlier than the rest, sometimes they grow too high on your lash bed, and sometimes they are facing the opposite direction. Lashing these weak or stray lashes will only cause it to fall out faster or ruin the shape of your set.

Also, how we determine what length and width to apply depends on the condition of your lashes.  Shorter, thiner, more sparse lashes would have to be kept shorter and lighter. While longer, thicker, fuller natural lashes can handle more dramatic lengths and widths. So again, having a more realistic lash goal is best to keep in mind when getting eyelash extensions so you are not disappointed with the result. If “Super Crazy Mega Dramatic Volume” is what you want and your natural lashes are sparse, short and thin, then you are better off with lash strips. Forcing longer, thicker, more volumized extensions on your natural lashes will only  fall off faster and may ruin your lashes altogether.

Classic, Hybrid, Volume, Mega Volume? If you are not a Lash Artist, chances are, these are all just words to you. So, I have created illustrations to help me better explain them:

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Staring it off with your natural eyelashes. I made it really simple and clear so you’ll have a better understanding in the following images.

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The “CLASSIC” eyelash extension is the most natural enhancement for your eyes.
1 eyelash extension is placed on top of each one of your natural lash. This can be kept very natural by applying thiner, lighter, shorter, less curled extensions. It can also be made more dramatic by applying thicker, longer, more curled extensions. Again all this depends on the condition of your natural lashes.

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My personal favorite . The “Hybrid” also, known as “Volume Mix”.  This is a combination of the Classic and the Volume where 1 and  3 or more lashes are placed onto of each of you natural lash.  It allows for a little more drama without making it look to fake or feel heavy.

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If you want drama, “Volume” is for you. 3 or more eyelash extensions are placed on top of each of your natural lashes. The lashes that are used for the Volume is smaller in diameter than the ones used for classic. That way more can be placed on top of each of your natural lash with out weighing down. MEGA VOLUME

Well the name says it all! “Mega Volume”, I think this is also called “Russian Volume” I could be wrong. For this set, 6 or more eyelash extensions are placed on top of each of your natural lashes. The lashes that are used for the Mega Volume is even smaller in diameter than the ones used for Volumes, this way even more can be placed on top of each of your natural lash with out weighing down. Results in fluffy, bold, dramatic eyelash extension set.

Now that you know a little bit about the the differences, you can make your decision on what to get. Keep in mind that the prices vary per set. Obviously, the more dramatic (the more time and work for the lash artist) the more expensive.

Also, many of these sets have different names, sometimes a particular brand will die it their own name, so just compare it with the number of extension I illustrated.

You also wanna take in consideration the “Aftercare” for the lashes, the thicker they are the more careful you have to be. And a very important thing to consider is your “Maintenance” this is your “Refill” Most lash places will have their own policy on when and what is considered a refill. Can you keep up with coming in every certain amount of time? And how affordable is it?

I hope this helps. If you have any questions, or if you have a useful information you’d like to add. You can message me on IG @BeautyholicStudio.

This post is based on my experience. I am aware that there are other descriptions/methods out there.

Illustration by me. Daren Romey

You have permission to use my article as long as you credit and tag:
Daren Romey @BeautyholicStudio