KAJAL EYELINER BEST FALL TREND DIOR YSL MAYBELLINE
Theda Bara used kajal as her calling card: With movies like are The Devil’s Daughter, The Vixen, and The She-Devil, she invented the modern-day vamp, named for the dark-lidded female vampires she portrayed. This Ohio-born actress went on to play Russian villainesses, Carmen, and Cleopatra, despite doll-like features that included bow lips, a dimpled chin, and apple cheeks. It seems that lining her eyes with a swirl of black set her apart: Magazines called her €œThe Wickedest Woman in the World. €
Kajal is the term used in parts of India €”that’s the name in Hindi €”but it’s something the same like the thing called surma, kehal, khÃ´l, or kohl in different parts of the world, and it existed for thousands of years before Bara. Ancient recipes call for the grinding of various pigments to be stored in a bottle then applied with a wand or by hand. Fortunately, today’s formulas are sleeker and simpler: Guerlain recently helped bring KAJAL EYELINER back into the makeup lexicon with its Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner, sold in a golden-rimmed vial. Now, the distinctive black eyeliner form is finding even more spread appeal, with everyone from By Terry to Maybelline and L’OrÃ©al launching cultish new iterations for fall.
With its sloping shape, a kajal-inspired pencil €”which loosely resembles a lipstick bullet €”is meant to be used sideways, with room for experimentation. Using the tip gets you a thin but pigment-rich line, while the wide edges can be dragged across the whole eyelid. Laura Mercier’s Kajal D’Orient in Noir Supreme has a subtle ashy shimmer and it smears to the touch €”perfect for a smoky eye €”while Yves Saint Laurent’s formula offers more controlled strokes in even darker and comes in a wand-like casing that calls to mind a chic fountain pen (that you can actually rest on your desk).
Kajal may seem best for after-hours, but it was primary used to help cool eyelids in the hot sun. For a daytime alternative, Dior’s twist-up pencil of opaque pigment functions more like a supercharged eye pencil, and Maybelline’s formula comes in softer shades of midnight brown or navy that could work from day to night . . . or night to day. For the wicked rest doesn’t exist.