By Charu Suri

If you’re looking for the ultimate beauty tool that will instantly transform your face, the answer is right before your eyes. Or on them, actually. It’s your eyeliner. Magnetic eyes speak a language all their own, and a good eyeliner is the key to creating them.


Liz Taylor’s eyes smoldered in Cleopatra. If you want this intensity, we recommend Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink. True to its name, the liner did not smudge, wear or tear throughout the entire day, and was easy to apply. For a modern Cleopatra look, vary the shades (Hunter Ink is a deep and lovely shade of olive that is my favorite) and use a thinner line then you see here on Liz, but do extend past the outer corner of the lash line. Visit for more colors.

Another great way to get Cleopatra’s eyes is by using Global Goddess’ Cairo Eyes Liquid Kohl Liners. The sleek and easy-to-wear kohl-tipped pen has Baobab oil and Moringa oil, which is noted for its healing properties. The combination of these ingredients is what makes this liner glide across your lash line flawlessly.


If you’re looking for simple definition, a la Audrey, look no further than Lancome’s precision Artliners that will give your eyes a thin, precise coating of color with its foam-tipped pen. You can use the liner on your upper and lower lids and apply as many coats as you need for desired thickness. Dress up your eyes in your favorite shimmer eyeshadow for a party girl look.

Napoleon Perdis’ Eye Pencils are creamy, smooth and come in delicious colors from Lagoon to Rhapsody. I love the staying power of these liners and the easy application. A richer formula can be found in the China Doll Eyeliner pots, which are a “bling dynasty to dye for,” according to Perdis. The gel texture defines eyes and stay put, and also doubles as an eyebrow shaper. Visit


Give your eyes a metallic lift by applying Jemma Kidd’s Iridescent Eye Silk Crayon, which is a crème silk eye crayon that gives you a plush, smudgeable effect all around your eyelids, exactly like Aishwarya Rai’s gorgeous eyes in the picture above.


The best pencil? Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Pencil. Period. The creamiest glide-on pencil you’ll ever use is a breeze to apply, and (yes, there’s more) waterproof. The mind reels, does it not? For a glam, party look, try the new pencil in Dime.

Originally published May 2007
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