my three must have liquid liners
I can't boil an egg to save my life, but if there's something I'm really good at is applying liquid liner. From hairline thin to over-the-top-Amy-Winehouse (in a classy, not trashy kind of way), smudged, sharp, shimmery, glossy, felt tip, thin brush- I've done just about anything you can do with liquid liner and I've tried way too many to count. After many years of ending up with flakes and smudges all over my face, I've found my top three.
overall: Urban Decay's Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion | By far the best one I've tried. It's glossy and it stays put all day. That being said- it's my fave because of the brush. It's long and easy to bend so you can cover a good chunk in one quick swipe. It's also the perfect size, not too thin or thick, so you can layer it thick or go over your lid just once for a thin line. For people used to thicker felt tips, it takes some getting used to, but it's so worth it. I love that it's super light, once it dries (it doesn't dry too quickly so you have time to play before it sets) it doesn't feel like there's anything on your eyes- a big plus. When I feel like I don't want just a line, i smudge it with a brush for a smoky eye by itself or as a base and it works wonders.
thin brush: Benefit's Magic Ink Liquid Liner in Jet Black | Of all the liquid liners I've tried in the past few months (Lancome, Make Up For Ever, YSL) this one is the best. The brush is super thin, which is exactly what I was looking for. When it comes to really thin brushes, I like them sturdier so you don't get a wiggly line. It also makes it easier to get a perfect line close to the inner eye and build up some volume toward the outer corners. This guy's really shiny and dries quickly.
felt/thick tip: Almay Liquid Liner | When I first started using liquid liners I started with this one. The felt tip is really easy to use; it's thick enough that you can get a noticeable line without having to layer. This is my on-the-go liner- if I don't have time to draw out whatever shape I want, I just sweep this across my lids and I'm done.