MAC Unsung Heroes: The Technakohl Liners

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Question por tu: Do girls with thicker, fuller lashes have more fun?


A flirty fringe comes in handy when you’re batting eyelashes with a stranger across the room, or in my case with the old dude working behind the counter at the See’s (hook me up with another chocolate sample, holmes!). πŸ™‚

My wimp-tacular eyelashes and I rely on MAC’s Technakohl Liners ($14.50, available in 11 colors), magical, twist-up mechanical makeup pencils that tightline like WHOA!

Graphblack, Brownborder


Yo, what’s tightlining?

Also referred to as “backing the lashes,” it’s a technique where you line the top lashes going between the base of each lash’s root for really thick, rich lashes.

I’ve done it using a regular old kohl pencil and MAC Fluidline, but my two favorite Techs in Graphblack and Brownborder are sooo much faster and easier to use, I guess because of their fine pencil tip. The thin, small point fits easily between the roots to really “get up in there.” πŸ™‚

Tightlined eyes with Graphblack

More reasons to love MAC Technakohl

  • Staying power: The Technakhols work kinda like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in that they apply creamy but dry within a minute or so. They’re smudge-proof and last all day, even along the waterline.
  • Soft finish: Although I’ll also tightline with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, I prefer the Technakhols, especially when I want a more natural look. I think the finish looks softer and less stark.
  • Skip the sharpener: The thin pencil tip never needs sharpening, either. Can I get an AMEN from the other lazies in the house? LOL!

Have you spent any time with the MAC Technakohls?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Katie says:

    Ooo! This is exactly how I like to line my eyes, you really do get what you want when you bat your eyes a little;) I’ll have to pick one of these up and try for myself.

  2. Alex says:

    I’ve heard good things about the Technakohl liners but I’m cheap and have stayed with my olllld (albeit similar) eyeliner twisty-top thing. If they’re that good, and long lasting, maybe I’ll fork over the money for the quality. πŸ™‚

    • heyhey says:

      Try Cover Girl’s Outlast Eyeliner. Same form factor, about half the price when on sale, and with decent lasting power. That’s what I’m using ITMT while I’m not rocking MAC-level funds. Their black might be a shade lighter than Technakohl’s, but that’s IMO a good trade-off for the price.

      • Kore says:

        I love the MAC technakohl liner for all the reasons mentioned. I have also used Covergirl’s Outlast Liner previously. Its good if you can’t afford the MAC, but MACs is much smoother in texture. Starts out creamier so it glides on easier than the Covergirl one. As long as I can afford the MAC one I won’t go back.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for the drugstore rec, Heyhey! πŸ™‚

  3. Jen says:

    I love the technakohl liner! It’s my favorite eyeliner at the moment.

  4. Marce says:

    I haven’t tried technakhols, but for me any eyepencil does a great job (miraculously!). Feline Khol Power, Urban Decay 24/7, Clinique Creamshapers, they all work nicely. I have to try using fluidline, that’s one I haven’t tried either!
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Look – Through the Looking Glass =-.

  5. lexi says:

    Yes girl agreed! I am out of Brownborder and used the (empty) container it for my B2M haul over the weekend.

    • lexi says:

      btw…I LOVE these “unsung heros” posts – it reminds me what I have in my stash. It makes me really dig through and get the most bang for my buck – keeps my checkbook in line. Thanks – keep it up!! I rediscovered how much I love UD’s Sin e/s in my ammo palette =)

    • Karen says:

      Brownborder is the BEST! I think I might like it even more than Teddy…

  6. HC says:

    Do you know if these are waterproof?? A MAC MUA told me they were but after using them solely as just eyeliner, I had racoon eyes in about 2 hours πŸ™
    .-= HC’s last blog post… Sharpie, the new eyeliner??! =-.

  7. Nancy says: they just opened up one in a mall in michigan that my mother lives by (it opened up over the holidays). the closest thing i get to it is when my sister brings me some when she visits family there, or when my friend visits her family. Y.U.M! my favorite technakohl is uniform green. so pretty….LOVE the autosharpen as well!

    • Karen says:

      I’m addicted to Sees. The closest one to me is a five minute drive, oh noes!

      Do you have a favorite candy? Mine is the Milk Chocolate Buttercream.

      • Nancy says:

        i love me sees chews! but really, the chocolate sucker bites help me get through a particularly rough day with 25 kindergarteners. πŸ˜‰ a keep a stash right on my desk!

      • Karen says:

        That’s a good idea! Maybe I should squirrel away a few bits in my desk drawer for stressful days…

        Or maybe not. I’m pretty sure I’d eat ’em even if I wasn’t feeling bad, LOL!

  8. Gummy says:

    Hey Karen! I’ve been lurking on your site for a while, and love reading your posts, whether they’re about make-up, or just life in general – you make me laugh all the time! ^_^ Anyway, just had to post here…I loooooooooooove my MAC technakohl! I’m stuck on “uniform”, this dark olive-y green color…a softer effect than black, but still powerful and fun! And photogravure (soft black)…but perhaps I should venture and try their other colors too…tempting…=)

    Mmm…See’s…I always go for dark chocolate with almonds, ha ha ha…!

  9. Rebecca says:

    Haha, I’m wearing my Teachnakohl liner in Uniform right now! I love it ^_^ I hadn’t thought of using them for tightlining, although now that I think about it they do seem like they’d be good for that – they have staying power and they have relatively dull tips so it probably would be less uncomfortable.
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Makeup-free February: the conclusion =-.

  10. shivotra says:

    hey karen, how does it fare on the waterline?
    .-= shivotra’s last blog post… This is so frustrating. =-.

  11. amy says:

    I should look into getting this but I still don’t really have the hang of tight lining yet.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… MAC Too Fabulous and Give Me Liberty of London Collection Mini Haul and Product Pictures =-.

  12. blu3 says:

    I have to say the Technakohls are my fave pencil because most other pencils (MAC Kohl Power, UD and MUFE) smudge on me…

    Have you tried Greyprint? My favourite for a wearable smoky look! πŸ™‚
    .-= blu3’s last blog post… Painted Love =-.

  13. Catherine says:

    Hmmm… I think I need the black one. I actually don’t have a black eyeliner! But I never tightline by upper lashline because I’m too lazy and grey doesn’t seem to have enough oomph.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… NOTW: Girly Pink w/ Bows & Gems =-.

  14. K says:

    Sounds wonderful, and very much like a product that I should get!
    .-= K’s last blog post… Giving Up on Love =-.

  15. Enrica says:

    I think it’s just the one that I’m using, I don’t really like these liners. I’m using Plank btw. It smudges and doesn’t give a good color payoff on my waterlines =(. I think I’m just gonna stick with UD 24/7 or Stila Kajal for now. Btw I love blacktrack fluidline on my tightlines too… It’s heaven!
    .-= Enrica’s last blog post… OOTD – Springish outfit =-.

  16. Christy says:

    I use Graphblack when I feel lazy too πŸ˜‰ I take it with me on vacation so I don’t have to bring a brush like I do with Blacktrack. I really like tight-lining, it makes my lashes look really thick πŸ™‚
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… MAC Spring Colour Forecast Haul Pictures =-.

  17. jeannie says:

    Oh how I wish pencil liners would work on me = why does NOTHING stay on my eyes!? =(
    .-= jeannie’s last blog post… vestinÒ€ℒ it =-.

  18. Jenny says:

    I always wanted one of the technakohl liners, until i heard that revlon colorstay does the same thing and make *gasp* Last longer?!!! So im sticking with my colorstay. for now.

  19. marisol says:

    I used to be afraid of tightlining because 1) i thought I would poke my eye & 2) I thought I would get the pencil on my contact lenses. It’s actually fairly easy and I do it on most days. Definitely makes a difference.

    I don’t own any technokol’s but I do use either my MUFE or UD pencil liners to tightline.
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Beauty makes people come together =-.

  20. Pinch says:

    Your makeup is gorgeous in that photo! πŸ™‚
    .-= Pinch’s last blog post… The too-frosty lipstick =-.

  21. Vonvon says:

    I have Technokohl in Artistic License which is a aqua-blue shade….love the liner, and the shade. Doesn’t smudge…and my MAC MA always uses Graphblack when they do makeover for me!
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Swatches & Review: Dior Poudrier Dentelle 002 Peach Lace =-.

  22. Karen B says:

    At first I was awful at lining with Technakohls because I was so used to my 210 in combination with Fluidline which always gave me the thinnest line ever. But once I got used to them I love the ease and the softer look πŸ™‚
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… Friday Fame =-.

  23. I’ve got Uniform and love it for my lower lashline! I’ve been meaning to try more colours.
    .-= SoVeryFabulous’s last blog post… More Details On My MAC Warehouse Sale Haul =-.

  24. NINA says:

    I agree – totally unsung! I have Graphblack and I so rarely reach for it. Should use it more … thanks, Karen!!!

  25. Brenda says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for the tip, I had never heard of tighlining until today. I just looked up some vidoes to see how it’s done, do you think you can line your waterline as well as tightline or you’d end up looking like Morticia Adams? I don’t have Mac Fluidlines or Technakohl liners, debating which one to buy…..

  26. Shelby says:

    OMG didn’t know they had Kajals. I usually use them on my underline as well and they look Great!!!! I usually go get them at Indian expos when they come around.

  27. Frances says:

    Yep, I do that too! and my technakohl liner in Plank is great for that.

  28. Carrie says:

    Earthline Technakohl is my absolute favorite, desert-island liner! And yeah, these are so unsung.

  29. Sarah says:

    I use the same type of eyeliner made by Estee Lauder and I love it..I’ll have to try Mac’s next…it’s cheaper too!

  30. Arleen says:

    GraphBlack is the best! It should be a staple in everyone’s make-up bag. πŸ™‚

  31. mill says:

    should get a good black eyeliner. i dont line my waterline that much (only my outer 3rd) but i could line my tightline. and this seems like a good investment! this or urban decay’s eye pencils.

  32. Jennifer D. says:

    I agree. I adore these liners and always go back to them after trying the newest liners on the market. They are always my fall back liners and I adore them. I am still loving the orange, fuschia and bright “bitter” colored ones (the names have slipped my minds) that came out several months ago. I need to pull these out for my tutorials and give the gel a rest for a bit.

  33. I love Godiva ,Where did you buy your flirty fringe? What company makes the best black eyeliner?
    .-= The Crochet Queenn’s last blog post… Pinkalicious-Hand Crocheted Scarf, If Pink is your color this is the scarf for you made with many shades and textures of pink throughout,Winter Sale Ready to Ship =-.

  34. Mila says:

    This is the eyeliner that goddess, Rachel Welsh, uses!

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