The New Black Eyeliner

Recently I’ve been easing myself into the odd scribe of liner here and there. I’d seen one too many unexpected pictures of myself snapped and shared where I look like an egg with eyelashes, so I thought it was about time to ramp up the definition a little (I’ve also got a new beauty icon, but more on that another day). Nothing too crazy, just a teenie tiny kitten flick with a light smudge on the outer thirds of my bottom lash line. It’s a learning process, but as I draw it on as more of a daily thing my wonky rate is falling – practice makes perfect and all that. Most days I’ve been reaching for a warm brown like the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Pencil in Bronze, but there’s a new colour in town that’s giving it a run for its money. Charlotte Tilbury has dubbed it ‘the new black‘ and it’s her soon-to-be-released Rock ‘n’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Veruschka Mink.

There are already two shades to her Rock ‘n’ Kohl line available from Selfridges, but come April there’s another four to be added to the pack and Veruschka Mink is my top pick of the new colour crop. It’s not quite a black, nor a grey, nor a taupe – it’s just somewhere in the middle, playing it cool and adding the definition of a straight-up noir, but with a softness. The formula is a good’un too; it goes on fluid like a liquid, gives you a few seconds to do any smudging, then sets down to a powder and does not budge. The Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover goes into overtime here.

I don’t like to be a c**k tease, but this addition to the C.T line is just that good that I had to get fingertips to keyboard on it as soon as I first slicked it on. So if promises of a new take on black liner has your interest piqued then be sure to press the follow button on my Twitter page as I’ll be sure to drop a P.S.A when it arrives on the shelves.


  • Shrutilaya

    Ooh this looks so good. And you look absolutely stunning with liner.

  • Zazie Bibi

    Ah this sounds so lovely! If a whole post is dedicated to one eyeliner, you know its good! x

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  • I can’t wait to try it.

    xx glamdevils

  • Manouk

    Btw your skin looks flawless in the picture above!

  • Evelyn Morales

    I never leave the house without eyeliner, it just really brings out my eyes and makes me look awake! My go to one is Mac Teddy eyelinr, a lovely dark brown colour!

  • Tamira Alison

    I can’t wait to try this little number out! What a sexy colour! T xx

  • This eyeliner sounds good… Black eyeliner used to be my go-to standard, but for the last six months or so I traded it in for brown for a more subtle look.. until this weekend. I don’t really think you can beat the effect of black eyeliner tbh! x

  • I’ve been trying to ease back into liquid liner these past weeks too! I love the definition but sometimes solid black can look a bit too graphic – this sounds perfect!

  • Yours is so subtle, looks amazing! I love my liquid eyeliner and I find it out of my comfort zone when I don’t wear it, which I’m trying to do a little more recently.

  • Charlotte Lucy Philpotts

    oooh this looks lovely! I have been on the hunt for a new liner so this is v exciting! x

  • Sarah Jayne

    I am loving this subtle look. I have been sans eyeliner for far too long and I think it’s time for it to make a comeback!

  • Charlene

    C**k tease. Fkn brilliant haha xx

  • :O Love this!! I find black liner too harsh and brown not enough….this could be the beauty I’ve been searching for!!

  • debasree banerjee

    I love the Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof Kohl pencil in Bronze, and by the look of it, I think I am going to love this. I am a sucker for anything in the lines of Grey-Taupe_Black, and something in the middle is a brilliant idea.

  • Aaagh! I cannot wait for this! I am such an eyeliner addict and this looks sooo me. I am crossing my fingers for MAC’s smut in pencil form.

    • That would be right up my street. I’ll cross my fingers with you! Laura x

  • sofika
  • Wow, looks gorgeous! I usually do a subbtle line as well

  • I love this look on you, so pretty! x

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  • I do like it, not that harsh looking yeah?

  • thenewchivis27juan .

    I agree on the egg with eyelashes lol, u look great with eyeliner!

  • Lauren

    You look lovely! I need to try the scandeleyes

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  • Gosh, this sounds like the most perfect liner! Definition without being overly dramatic. So wish we could get Charlotte Tilbury here in Canada! xo

  • I have yet to figure out what color “mink” really is, but I’m intrigued. 🙂

    Shani x
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  • lou

    I love scandaleyes, nice post! xx

  • I love the tiny flick you’ve made here:) And the colour sounds so intruiging..

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

  • Hannah Marie

    Scandaleyes liner is so worth the hype! I cannot live without my liner!

  • facemadeup1

    This looks like perfect shade when you want some definition in the eye area without going as harsh as black. This is going straight on my ever growing shopping list!

  • Ella

    Forgive me for being uneducated, but what is c**k supposed to stand for???

    • It’s stands for cock, I didn’t know the idiom itself so I just looked it up though.

      • emma

        Cock tease (sometimes cock-tease or cocktease or also prick-tease) is derisive sexual slang used to describe a woman who acts in a sexual manner to seduce men without actually fulfilling the sexual actions. (strange way to talk about makeup)

        • Roobicon

          I thought the same – bit unnecessary in a make up blog post…

  • Mari x

    Oooooooh I am super excited for this to come out. I always find, like many others, that black is just too harsh for me. I wear brown kohl every day whereas before I found that favourite of mine I never liked eyeliner on me! You’ll definitely ease into it very happily 🙂 x

  • Two Pretty Birds

    Pretty! I know what you mean about egg with eyelashes, any time that I try to go for a more natural look when I’m going out, I automatically regret it when I see pictures. Definition is definitely required! 🙂

  • I want to see what this magical color looks like! It sounds amazing.


  • Sophie Blumenthal

    Ooh, C Tilbury just keeps stealing the show!

    Sophie x

  • Chiara

    Too bad it’s nearly impossible to get hold of CT’s makeup outside the UK…
    By the way, I love the second picture here! I really wanted to tell you that of all the beauty blogs I read, yours definitely stands out in terms of photography. I think you have an interesting eye and the effort you put into the composition of each image and attention to detail, especially stills lifes rather than your portraits, really shows through! With the massive amount of images that fload the blogoshpere, it’s nice to navigate through a site that looks so polished and original. Good job x

  • I cannot wait to try Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup once I move back to the UK, everything looks amazing

  • Radhika

    Oh l love that. I’ve been wanting to try Charlotte Tilbury makeup and this seems like a good intro.

    I’ve also been loving a deep navy blue for the waterline. Urban Decay has a great one. Perfect to make brown eyes pop 🙂

  • Emily Knott

    Ooooo love the sound of this!

  • This sounds so good, a first of it’s kind as well as I’m yet to try a liner that’s liquid but dries to a powder! This sounds like a must…x

  • love this eyeliner on you, really looks amazing you need to wear it more often

  • Ange

    I laughed so much at “egg with eyelashes”. Perfectly describes me with no eyeliner and a non-volumising mascara! But honestly every video/post of yours makes me envious of how good you look without eyeliner. You own it like no other!