Kohl Liner – The Day to Night Essential

Not a month goes by where I don’t see a ‘day to night’ feature slapped across a double page in a glossy. According to my magazine stash it seems us gals are on a never-ending hunt for the perfect drawer-housed beauty stash to take us from office to packed pub in as little products as possible. Heck, even I’ve got in on the action with a few posts on the matter, this ‘Desk till Dawn’ edit being my most recent chime in on the cause. But I’ve been thinking about it and really I reckon there’s just one thing that does it all – smokes things up, adds a flash-photo friendly swipe of definition and takes about two minutes to apply – a kohl liner. Hear me out…

Sure a little smudge of pencil in the outer corners is all daytime friendly, but when things get a little heavier, smudgier and smokier for me that’s evening makeup in a nutshell. A dab of whatever lip products I have swimming around in my bag with a blot of the face and a quick tame of the brows helps matters along, but it’s the upper lash line definition that’s the key player here. The great thing is that nights out mean dark settings (unless you need a late night fix of fried chicken which are always home to the brightest, most unflattering light in the history of bulbs) which means that things don’t have to be perfect. Apply, blend with your finger and repeat until you find your desired level of Kate Moss-ness. If you’re in the market to add a kohl to your desk side pencil holder then here are my faves:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Hustleoh hello there you long lasting, richly pigmented, no-budge formula. U.D are kinda the Queens of the kohl category and rightly so. Hustle is a deep bronze that coats the base of the lashes in a sweep of dense colour that holds, yet has just the right level of smudge to it. The small nib makes this a prime candidate for detailed work and is the one that I reach for most when I feel like getting all flicky.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Bronze – before this turns into 50 shades of bronze I must add, as you’ve probably already noticed, that I’m not the biggest fan of anything darker than a coffee colour on the lash line. It just looks a little heavy on me. So I’ll continue my brown hued theme with this badboy. It’s a creamy formula that glides on to the waterline without a tug or pull in sight and it’s not too bad in the longevity department either. If you’re in the market for a bargain smokey eye purchase I’d point you in the direction of this.

By Terry Ombré Blackstar in Brown Perfection – now this isn’t strictly a kohl, but it’s a cream based eye product that multitasks as a liner, all-over wash of colour and/or base so it’s being thrown into the mix and it may just be my favourite one of the three (and the one I’m wearing in the picture). The great thing with this one is that it’s blendable yet long-lasting when you give a minute or two to set. There’s no shimmer here, just a straight-up warm matte brown that’s subtle enough for an everyday smoke but strong enough for after-dark shenanigans.


  • Anna Blush

    So so so want to try the By Terry Ombré Black Star- I’ve heard such good things. Kohl’s really are great for taking a look from day to night with minimal effort, perfect to keep in your handbag just in case x

  • Sophie ♥

    Love me some brown kohl liner! The bronzier and glitzier the better. I’m tossing up between Brown Perfection and Bronze Moon for my next naughty By Terry purchase. Mac’s Teddy Kohl Liner is a great one as well, and Coffee. Gorgeous shades!

    Sophie | Nana Wintour

  • Nicola

    Love the rimmel scandaleyes! They last forever!

    Would love any feedback on my latest post

  • Zsofia Koncz

    I have several UD 24/7s and although my lids are not really oily, these still smudge on me.. :/

  • Sophie Bird

    I have 4 of the Ombre Blackstars including Brown Perfection and my favourite Bronze Moon. I love them, but find them too wide to use as a liner. The UD 24/7 pencils are my favourite for lining my upper lid.

  • Clementine Buttercup

    The Rimmel Scandaleyes liners smudge like crazy on me. Lining my waterline with them leads to a guaranteed bad makeup day :-(.

  • The Rimmel Ones are my favourite, they stay put perfectly on me! I also really like the Physician’s Formula Kohl Kajals, they come in trios and they are great!

    Mikayla 🙂

  • girlnamedgrace

    This might be an odd question, but do you have a suggestion for a good sharpener for your pencil liners? I’ve used ones I bought in boots but the pencils just get stuck or crumble inside them, and I’m no good at that old school trick of whittling a point with a sharp knife!

  • Manouk

    Such a shame I’ve never tried the Rimmel kohl before. Since I always wear bronzy shades, I think I’ll just have to get it sometime soon x

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait

  • I love using Kohl eyeliners to create a smokey eye, it works so well!

    The Velvet Black // UK
    Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Laura

    I need to get Brown perfection… on my next hit list for Space NK

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  • I’d love the try the Ombre Blackstar and Urban Decay products, I found the Master Drama from Rimmel is great for smudging

    Lauren x

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  • Rebecca Bridger

    I have GOT to try out one of the Urban Decay eyeliners.. I’ve heard such good things!

  • PeonyandPeach

    I’ve got so many black eyeliners, but no browns/bronzes. I might start with the Rimmel one!

  • After reading this post i want to buy a brown eyeliner. Hehe!

  • Rachel Polansky

    i actually just got that urban decay one last week and it’s so lovely

  • I love a brown eyeliner, goes well with green eyes!

  • I love the look of a bronze eyeliner – not tried any of your suggestions yet, but I’ve been eyeing up the the new Bourjois clubbing kohls which are due out in August!

  • Natalie B

    Great post, I love the Ombre Blackstar’s! xx

  • Renata

    I have the urban decay and rimmel pencils and love them. Now I’m building up the courage to splurge on by terry ombré. Have you tried the Kiko eyeshadow sticks? People are saying they are pretty much dupes. X

  • I really want to try the By Terry product! x


  • Isabelle McWilliam

    By Terry stick looks sooo good!

  • Sounds good! You always need a kohl liner in your makeupbag! x Tamara

  • The Urban Decay liners are my favorite! They work so well and look so good.

  • Louise Smith

    Such an amazing look! Love it!

  • Lauren

    Great post, thank you! xx

  • I love how you put three little pictures! I haven’t used kohl liners before but they seem to give a more natural look. I’m excited to try it out!

  • all three formulas smudge on me. *cries*

  • Tanya Werger

    I 100% percent agree…. its all about the kohl liner!

  • Chantal

    I have to try the Rimmel Scandal Eyes liner. I’ve heard so many good things about it that I want to know if they are really true. I love the moving picture thing you have going on there, it looks cool 🙂 x

  • Ale Martinez

    Something that you can recommend like the By Terry ombre blackstar eyeshadow?? It is so expensive!!! :S

    • Kiko have a cream eyeshadow stick you may like 🙂 The colours may not be exact dupes, but I’ve heard that the texture is. They’re less than £7 so it’s worth a shot!

  • It really is one step that makes a huge difference! I love the UD 24/7 liners and I’m dying to try an Ombre Blackstar 🙂

  • Love the look of your picks, especially the Rimmel one! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Asha Kiggins

    Hi guys! I absolutely love Anna and she is a huge inspiration to me! So far, I have been writing my own blog for a month-and still no one reads it! I work really hard to put up a worthwhile post every single week so any support would be great!


    • don’t worry, readers will come with time. trust me, a month isn’t a very long time – if you keep it up, you’ll eventually attract an audience. just keep at it. x

  • I love my rimmel kohls. They are fantastic!

    Carolyn | BLOG

  • First of all – whoa there is a moving picture! How?
    Second of all – the Urban Decay 24/7 liners have been on my Sephora ‘Loves’ list for a while, but I haven’t bought any. I am thinking of getting Underground or Hustle, or both! Haha. Anna I love your blog, and this post is mega-awesome. I, too, am a lover of good ol’ kohls despite the never ending liquid liner or gel liner pen craze! xxx

  • Lovely and “bright”, unlike most of the evening looks, which tend to be so dramatic and “serious” I think.

  • I love a good smudgy brown, definitely changes up any eye look!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

  • Sabrinna Baglio

    I adore the UD glide on eyeliners I think im up to about 6 of them now but they are so worth it and so lovely x

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  • Carolyn Wolfram

    I LOVE the Urban Decay 24/7 liners 🙂 Rockstar and Demolition are my favorites.

  • Your eyelashes here! Holy cow! Are those lash extensions?

  • Daniella




  • I really want the By Terry Blackstar in Brown Perfection! <3

  • jadiee bevan

    great post

    have a lovely day

  • I love this post. I need the Urban Decay one. This means shopping trip in order. Check my blog out here

  • Sybil Mae

    I have wanted to try the By Terry Ombre Blackstars for so long, they look amazing! 🙂

  • I picked up Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner in Bronze this past weekend and love it! Surprised at how long-lasting it is! Really wanting to try Terry Ombré Blackstar soon, they sound sooo good! 🙂

  • Sapna Dosa

    I love the Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliners. They are so long lasting and this bronze colour is the best!

    Sapna Xx

  • UD Hustle is one of my favorite colors! I love that it’s completely work-friendly as well.

    The Makeup Writeup

  • That Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner has been my Summer staple thanks to you Anna 🙂 I LOVE it! 🙂 xx