All of us love the blackest black color that only kohl/kajal gives us. Almost every week I get reader queries asking for suggestions for long lasting smudge free kajals or product recommendations to achieve Kareena Kapoor’s eye makeup look in Kurbaan.
Most pencil eye liners with the claims of ‘water-proof’ and long stay are either not waterline safe or do not give the dark glossy black color that kajal gives. It is always a trade-off between smudge-proof and darkest black color with a few exceptions of some products like MAC Feline Kohl that are dark and at the same time don’t give raccoon eyes.
Here are few tricks you can use to help kajal stay on longer without smudging and bleeding in the under eye area -
- Prep your eyes using primer or base on the lower lash line and outer corner.
- Set your kajal with black eye shadow – the powder absorbs the moisture/oils that cause the smudging and make it stay longer.
- Powder your under eye area well. Whether you use concealer or not, dab some compact under the eyes well, this also works in the same way as the black eye shadow tip- the powder absorbs the oils and moisture preventing the kajal from smudging.
My Recommendations –
- Faces kajal (Read my review HERE )
- Lotus Herbals kajal
- MAC Feline kohl
I’ve used Himalaya, Biotique, Shahnaz Hussain, Lotus Herbals ,Faces kajals and MAC Smolder kohl .
Out of these the Faces one was the clear winner when it comes to long staying with ‘least‘ smudging. Note the ‘least’ cos a bit of smudging is inevitable when it comes to kajals! MAC Smolder is great for smokey smudgy looks and stays on me as kohl for a few hours without smudging but its not really meant to be used as kohl cos it is very smudgy. Read review HERE.
What are your tips for making kohl stay smudge-proof longer?
Which is your favorite kohl ?