Beauty Makeup

Makeup’s LBD: Organic Black Eyeliner

By Sophia Hussain

The “little black dress” equivalent to makeup is black eyeliner – perfect for creating high-impact statement eyes.  The look is pretty much perennially fashionable, but we noted it on the runways of Rebecca Taylor at New York Fashion Week, as well as Zac Posen, Alice + Olivia and many others.

Rebecca Taylor Spring 2014 Fashion Show

Backstage at Rebecca Taylor SS14

Here, we share four beautiful organic black eyeliner formulas: pencil, liquid, crème, and powder, to help you line your eyes with intense black hues using eco-friendly cosmetics that are not tested on animals.  Whether you struggle with drawing a perfect cat-eye flick, or are an expert graphic artiste – black eyeliner is the only makeup staple you will ever need to look polished.


UNE Natural Beauty  Absolute Blacks Khols is absolutely perfect for outlining your eyes and stays put without smudging.  Sharpen the pencil to an almost-dull point, and gently glide the pencil from the side to the tip along the upper (also called tightlining) and/or the lower waterline. Tightlining eliminates the need for mascara, whilst lining the lower waterline is universally flattering too. Absolute Black Khols contains organic jojoba seed oil and beeswax too.

Rebecca Taylor Spring 2014 Fashion Show

Black eyes pop at Rebecca Taylor SS14


For creating the coveted cat-eye, use Organic Glam  liquid eyeliner in black.  Dip the brush into the tube, wipe off the access liquid, and gently glide the brush starting from the upper inner eye corner, tracing along the upper lashline, and ending off with a “tick mark” to create the cat-eye flick.  The thin brush in this formula creates both thin and thick lines with ease.  Organic Glam dries quickly to an intense black high-gloss finish. This formula contains water, meadowfoam seed oil, safflower seed oil, and honeysuckle.

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For creating any eyeliner look with ease (especially for the novice), use FX Cosmetics  black gel liner.  Using an angled eyeliner brush, dip the brush into the pot, then gently line the upper and lower lashlines to create a perfect line everytime, that dries quickly too.  This version is also packed with nourishing natural minerals for a healthy fix.


For creating smokey eyes, use ZAO Makeup  “Matt Eye Shadow” in black of course.  But this eyeshadow doubles as an eyeliner by simply dipping an angled eyeliner brush into water and wipe off the access liquid.  Next, gently stroke the damp brush along the black eyeshadow pan, then glide the brush along the upper and lower lashlines.  The powder dries to a soft matte black finish too.  ZAO eyeshadow is talc-free and contains organic corn starch, cacao seed butter, and macadamia seed oil, but this one comes in a refillable pot that is made from eco-friendly sustainable bamboo, and housed in a natural cotton pouch.

No matter which product you use or which technique you perfect, you can rest assured that the black lined eye will always be chic.

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