We Found the Best Drugstore Liquid Eyeliner (and It’s Under $5)



As anyone who regularly dabbles in a limitless cornucopia of makeup brands, prices, and formulas well knows, it can be next to impossible to find a definitive answer for the “best” version in each category. There are far too many variables: A product can be great for its price but only fine overall or, conversely, an amazing product may not necessarily be worth its splurgy price tag.

Naturally, it’s rare to find a gem of a product at any price than we’ll deign to call the best in class. The “best,” of course, is totally subjective, but when it comes to makeup, it pretty much comes down to products that do what they say. If a mascara claims lasting power and ends up sliding off after an hour, it is most certainly not the best. If a lipstick claims to be moisturizing and leaves our lips cracked and dry, it may very well be the worst.

So when we proclaim that something is, in fact, the best the market has to offer, it’s safe to assume that we’ve taken it for a test drive or ten. This is especially true of liquid eyeliners: A formula that works wonderfully one day may not be so great on another, depending on how shaky your hands are or how oily your eyelids happen to be. So trust us—please, trust us!—when we proclaim that Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner is the best in its class.

What, exactly, makes Line Stiletto the best drugstore liquid eyeliner and beyond? Let’s start with the brush: It’s not a brush, but rather a flexible, easy-to-use felt tip that’s positioned in such a way that it’s nearly impossible to get anything other than a smooth, perfectly curved line with just a flick of the wrist. Both the brush and the formula are smooth, so tugging or dragging isn’t an issue. But the real coup is in the lasting power, which is simply unrivaled. The packaging claims 8 hours, but (shhhh) we’ve managed to drag it out for 24. If that isn’t deserving of a standing ovation, we don’t know what is.

Line Stiletto comes in a soft brownish black, for natural-looking lining, and a deep, rich black that’s perfect for the sharp cat eye we crave. For under $5, you can find this superior liquid liner at any drugstore—or, at least, every drugstore we’ve ever been in. Buy it. Then, when you run out, buy it again.

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15 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Without Exercise

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Emilie Baltz/fStop/Getty Images

We won't deny that making fitness part of your routine is incredibly important for health and wellness, but working out isn't the entire picture. There are countless other habits you can embrace —from how you work to what you eat—that can boost your metabolism and kickstart your weight loss 24 hours a day.

Drink two glasses of ice water as soon as you wake up.
The water itself jump-starts your body from sleep mode into awake mode, while the coolness of the water starts shunting water from the internal organs to the peripheral muscles. “That gets your blood pumping and flowing, which boosts your metabolism one to two percent,” says Kian Ameli, owner of the Concord, California location of Momentum Fitness.

Water is the single most important thing our bodies need to sustain good health and wellness, but so many of us walk around mildly dehydrated every day. “Our bodies will become metabolically sluggish without getting the water they need,” says Deborah Orlick Levy, M.S., R.D. and Carrington Farms health and nutrition consultant. In fact, “German researchers found that drinking six cups or 48 ounces of very cold water a day requires the body to expend more calories in trying to warm the water to body temperature. This can result in an increase in resting metabolism by 50 calories a day,” Levy says. This may not seem like much, but if you do this every day for a year, you can lose up to five pounds just by making this change alone.

Get a standing desk.
You can also just put your laptop on a high table if a standing desk isn't practical. “The requirements of standing vs. sitting are profound, because while we are sitting, we don't have to use any muscles. Standing does not need to be done all day either—one to two-hour standing sessions can boost your metabolism,” says Ameli.

Try “contrast” showers.
A contrast shower is one where you start off with warm water for two to three minutes, then change the water temperature to cool for 30 to 45 seconds. “While this may sound slightly unpleasant,” and yes, it very well may be, “the contrast shower will relax blood vessels during the warm phase and contract them during the cool phase,” says Ameli. This has a major impact on your body's circulatory system, as well as having a relaxing effect on our fight-or-flight reflexes. The latter helps us sleep deeper, and better sleep leads to improved energy throughout the day and increased metabolism.

Check your sleep schedule.
Getting enough sleep and adopting a consistent sleep schedule can help improve your metabolism. “The body is a machine and needs efficient rest to reboot. Sleep is the best way to look and feel better from the inside out,” says Shanna Israel, lifestyle/wellness expert and CEO of Vertical Wellness.

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Game Changer: The Concealer That Will Change Your Life

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As a beauty editor, it's part of my job to test out the latest and greatest in makeup every single day—which means that my standards for product excellence are incredibly high, and I don't praise anything that I don't truly love. So when I say that Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer ($32) is the greatest concealer ever made and the single product I could not live without, you know that means it is truly phenomenal.

This concealer is, hands down, the product that people most often thank me for telling them to buy. It is peerless in its excellence. It is supreme. It is life-changing. If you think that all concealers are basically the same, you have not yet tried this one. How do I love it? Let me count the ways.

1. It offers amazing coverage.

The name does not lie: this is DEFINITELY full coverage concealer. The tiniest amount makes short work of even the most life-ruining cystic zit and hides the darkest of dark circles (which I most definitely have). No other product even comes close to offering that kind of coverage, and I know, because I've tried them all. Nothing else is in MUFE's league.

2. It's natural-looking.

And yet for all of its intense coverage, it never looks cakey or fake; this concealer blends into skin like a literal dream. And unlike many other full coverage concealers, this bad boy actually sets instead of remaining emollient all day (and smudging off).

3. It actually matches your skin.

And I do mean EVERYONE'S skin: Full Cover comes in 12 shades, including very deep and very fair (with a variety of undertones!), so you're sure to find a color that matches your complexion perfectly.

4. It's versatile.

Does it cover standard blemishes? Yes. How about those hardcore hormonal zits? Yes again. Red patches? Freckles? Under-eye circles? Bruises? Tattoos? Yes, yes, YES, yes and yes. It's even good over dry patches, settling far less into flaky skin than other concealers. You can use it for literally any of your camouflaging needs; this one tube has replaced three other concealers in my makeup routine.

And my secret use? It makes an amazing lightweight, long-lasting foundation. Just mix a small blob of concealer into a larger blob of primer (I use and love Eve Lom Flawless Primer SPF 30, $55) and apply it all over your face with your fingers.

5. It's waterproof.

Whether you're sweating, crying, getting caught in the rain or working out, this concealer will stay put. I've worn it to swim in the ocean, and I came out looking just as perfect as I went in. If it stands up that well to salt, sand and sun, you know it'll last through your workday.

6. It's easy to use.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Home Hair Color

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With the Pinterest diligently fanning the flames of DIY culture, it's becoming more and more common to tend to your beauty routines at home. Mani/pedis, tanning, and even waxing have all become acceptable to do in the comfort of one's own home, and with the rise of high quality box dyes, home hair color is no exception.

Unless you plan on taking black hair to platinum blonde, there's no reason why you can't touch up your own hair color at home (and save some money in the process). Of course, if you don't know what you're doing you could end up making a very costly mistake. To help you avoid that, we've put together this list of handy things to know when dyeing your hair at home.

1. Check the box.

Obviously the first step in dying your hair at home is to choose the right box of hair dye. Try to choose one that has the least amount of harmful ingredients such as ammonia, peroxide, and alcohol to avoid excessive dryness and breakage. Semi and demi-permanent hair dyes will deposit color but won't lift, making them far less hard on your hair than permanent dyes are.

Another thing to look for when choosing a box of hair dye is, naturally, the right shade for you. Don't just rely on the picture of the model on the box; it can be misleading. Instead, focus on the words used to describe the shade and the numbers that designate the relative darkness.

Colors described as Ash will have more green tones in them and are good for people looking to combat brassiness. Golden will incorporate more yellow tones and are great for people looking to conceal grey hair. Anything with the word Violet in it will have purple tones. Neutral can mean several different things, but usually implies a blue base to the shade.

The number tells you how dark the dye will be. Hair dye is described on a scale from 1 (black) to 12 (platinum blonde), so the lower the number, the deeper the shade. So if you see a model with light blonde hair on a box labeled 4A (Ash Blonde), you'll know better than to believe it; on a scale of one to twelve, a 4 is quite dark! Use the shade guide on the side of the box as a guide to how the color will work on your hair; it's far more reliable than the illustration on the front.

2. Dirty hair is best.

It's always best to dye hair that hasn't been washed recently; the hair's natural oils help to protect strands as they process. This is just one more reason why doing your hair at home can be great: nobody really enjoys showing up at the salon with dirty hair, even if it is recommended.

3. Always follow safety precautions.

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News: Taylor Swift is a Powerful Woman, #HandleWithCare Takes the Beauty Industry By Storm

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Forbes just released its list of the world's 100 most powerful women, and our girl Taylor Swift (the youngest honoree) came in at #64. It's her first time on the list; Beyonce (#21), Sofia Vergara (#57) and Angelina Jolie (#54) all make repeat power-list appearances. *applause for everyone* [Forbes]

Zoe Kravitz is the latest actress to join the bob club, trading in her long box braids for a piecey, short style. Ok, so technically it's for her role in the next Divergent movie, but we can still be inspired, right? [People]

Would you remove your leg hair with a ball of caramel? Sugaring is the latest hair removal craze, and we admit we're kind of intrigued. [POPSUGAR Beauty]

In the wake of the NYT expose on the heinous conditions nail salon workers are forced to endure, #HandleWithCare is stepping up to demand socially responsible services in the beauty industry. [Huffington Post]

Who among us doesn't love a serious beauty bargain? Here's a roundup of the best drugstore mascaras under ten dollars (they're well worth the impulse purchase, trust us). [StyleCaster]

File this under PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE: Tilda Swinton is reportedly in talks to star in Marvel's Doctor Strange alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. [Entertainment Weekly]

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15 Gorgeous Hair Highlight Ideas to Copy Now

There's no better way to change up your look than to add in some subtle color, especially as the seasons change. That's right—we're talking highlights in every incarnation, from tonal blonde on brown to ombré and everything in between (and some outside of the box, too). If you're in search of hair highlight ideas for your next look, look no further than these 15 gorgeous images for all the inspiration you need.

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Breaking Hair News: JLo Goes Short

When it comes to celebrity hair that we admire, Jennifer Lopez is forever number one. Her perfectly sunkissed mane, whether blown out and enhanced with extensions or worn in it's naturally curly state, she's been setting major hair trends ever since she was On the 6.

And now she's done it again: JLo has officially become the latest celebrity to embrace the bob. Spotted at LAX today, the pop diva was rocking the hell out of a shoulder-length style with lots of layers and highlights. We especially love the slightly Farrah-esque flip at the ends; that's a .

In retrospect, we should have known that a big change was coming. Yesterday Lopez posted a picture of Marilyn Monroe to her Instagram with the caption “Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” And today she posted this adorable shot of her new cut from Morocco:

A holiday and a chic new haircut: being JLo seems pretty amazing.

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#WCW: Marion Cotillard

Ever since we first saw her as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard has had our heart. Fiercely talented, and as dedicated to environmental causes as she is to her craft, she's creative, compassionate and utterly fearless. Coming off an amazing Cannes red carpet season (and with highly anticipated projects like MacBeth and The Little Prince being released this year), she's the one woman that we cannot get enough of right now. It felt only right to award her our official Woman Crush Wednesday crown.

Truly a woman who understands how much fun you can have with hair and makeup, you can never accuse Cotillard of playing it safe with her glamour. From big hair to the brightest lips, let's revisit some of Marion's most iconic beauty moments.

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The Best Times of Day to Apply Your Skincare Products

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Beautiful woman with clock close up, serious

If you know what products work well for your skin, that's only half the battle. When you apply them is the other key to perfect skin success. Your complexion has a natural circadian 24-hour cycle that is influenced by hormonal levels, environmental aggressors, the production of melatonin to protect from the sun, and the need to recharge the skin cells at night.

“Research carried out at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Barcelona found that if there is a lack in the normal circadian rhythms in skin stem cells then the cells can age prematurely, suggesting that these cyclical patterns protect again cellular damage,” says Susan Curtis, the Director of Natural Health at London-based Neal's Yard Remedies. “We believe that it is important to understand these natural cycles and work with them for the greatest benefits from your skincare regime.”

While the cycle can differ for each individual (especially during one's period), Curtis advises it be used as a guideline that can be changed at each individual's discretion. “The skin's cycle is basically to have an active/protective against the elements phase during the day and a regenerative phase at night.”

Follow the hourly cycle below to find out the best time to apply your products and truly get your skincare routine on track.

6 a.m.
The skin will be very sensitive when you first awake. “The natural hormonal (cortisol) activity at this time is more likely to produce a histamine reaction, which can be experienced as sensitivity, inflammation or even allergy,” says Curtis. She recommends applying calming cream and anti-inflammatory creams, such as Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Calendula Cream ($12).

Although we normally layer on the products in the morning—the serums, the moisturizers, the oils—to provide for hydration throughout the day, your skin doesn't need it. “Your skin is already producing sebum in the morning which naturally moisturizes so it doesn't need to take extra moisture,” says Curtis. Instead focus on protection with a topical antioxidant, a moisturizer to balance oil production, and sunscreen. “The goal of these products is to protect your skin from environmental assaults, such as Ultraviolet Radiation, pollution, stress, and high energy visible light,” says dermatologist Dr. Alison Tam from Anson, Edwards and Higgins Plastic Surgery Associates. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($22.99) does it all in one formula.

12 p.m.
“The skin produces sebum during the middle of the day as part of its protective cycle against UV rays that would have been a problem historically when living mostly outdoors without much protection available from the sun and elements,” says Curtis. Keep oily skin at bay with blotting cloths, such as Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens ($10).

4 p.m.
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News: Jennifer Lopez Gets a Bob; What is Ayurveda?

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez and long, sexy waves are pretty much synonymous—but no more, since J. Lo was spotted at the airport sporting a sleek shoulder-length bob. [People]

Speaking of beach waves, here's how to get the sexy summer look on every hair length. [POPSUGAR Beauty]

Ayurveda, the latest wellness buzzword, can be a little hard to wrap one's head around. This comprehensive breakdown will help you understand, even if you're not a New Age maven. [StyleCaster]

Just in case you thought Kim Kardashian‘s brief dalliance with platinum hair was all for naught, this Vogue Brazil cover should prove you wrong. [Us]

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