Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought, “Ahhh, fresh Blacktrack!”
If you have, then hello there fellow member of Cult MAC Blacktrack ($15).
If you haven’t, however, then allow me to introduce you to your new favorite (hopefully) gel eyeliner.
During my LBB years (aka Life Before Blacktrack), every liner I’d try would slip right off my oily skin. Blacktrack changed everything.
True story: I was wearing it when I watched The Notebook for the first time, and by the end of the movie my liner was still going strong. ‘Nuff said.
That’s Blacktrack at work along the upper lash line…
Its deep matte black glides on and offers major flexibility. I like to use it along my lash lines for crisp cat eye looks or smudged out for softer, subtler effects. I think it’s also fantastic for lining waterlines (both upper and lower) or for creating really dark smokey eyes with plenty of depth, where I’ll use it as a long-wearing eyeshadow base.
5-minute makeup tip: Here’s what I’ve been doing sometimes when I want something smokey-ish but don’t have time/energy for a full smokey eye…
- Start by lining the waterline (both upper and lower) with Blacktrack and Sonia Kashuk’s Bent Eyeliner Brush.
- Next, pack some Blacktrack onto the lid with a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, blending away any harsh lines with your fingers.
- With the same 239, pat a shimmery gold or shimmery teal directly on top of Blacktrack; draw the color up into the crease, and sweep along the lower lash line.
- Finish by curling your lashes and adding lots of mascara.
And try not to be intimidated by the pot (heh, I said “pot”). I’m the biggest klutz in Makeup Land, and even I managed to make it work. Before long it was as easy to use as a pencil liner (well, almost).
Just make sure you have a good brush for detail work, and by good I mean one you’re comfortable using. Sonia Kashuk’s Bent Eyeliner Brush ($6), Laura Mercier’s Flat Eye Liner Brush ($25) and the MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush ($17.50) are a few to try.
Have you taken MAC Blacktrack for a spin? How’d it go?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,