Kohl eyeliner, also known as Kajal eyeliner, is essentially made from soot and other natural ingredients with a purpose of soothing, cleansing and protecting the eye against infections as well as the sharp sun glares. It closely resembles pencil liners but this crayon has a softer texture.
Kajal is used in India, Egypt and Middle East and is one of the oldest types of eyeliners used. In North Africa, it was used by people of all ages and genders as it was believed to protect the eyes from infection and the desert sun as well as moisturizing and protecting the skin around eyes. Egyptians, who we believe pioneered in the making of the kohl, made many other colours such as malachite and lapis lazuli. It was traditionally made from heavy metals (lead sulphite), galena or antimony. Due to the effects of heavy metals, modern kohl/kajal pencil is made from ingredients that are non-toxic such as resins, plant extracts and soot. Kajal glides easily unlike eye pencils but you need to be careful while using it and not press it too hard onto your eyes unless you want to look like a panda.
Pros of Using Kajal Eyeliner:
- Very intense smoky smouldering look compared to ordinary eyeliner.
- Can help protect your eyes from infections since it is made from natural ingredients only.
- They can be used for inner eye rims since they are free from any irritant ingredients soft enough to not poke your eye while applying it like you would with pencil liners.
- Easy to apply because of it has a creamy texture that smoothly glides.
- Needs very little product to give intensity.
- Can be removed more easily as product is softer compared to ordinary eye liner.
Cons of Using Kajal Eyeliner:
- It is difficult to use especially for newbies, takes a lot of practice.
- May look messy if not applied well.
- It is not easy to get an authentic brands in the market that is made from the right natural ingredients.
Here is a list of Kajal eyeliner brands in the market that have been used by most Arabic and Indian women. Highlighted in bold are brands that I have used myself that is available in Singapore.
- Rimmel London Soft Pencil
- Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional
- Bobbi Brown
- MAKE UP FOR EVER Pencil
- Le Kohl Pencil Smooth Defining
- Guerlain Eye liner & Kohl Pencil
- Guerlain Terracotta Intense Indian Kohl
- Givenchy Magic Kohl Eye Liner Pencil
- Wet ‘n’ Wild Kohl Kajal Brow/ Pencil, Black
- Shahnaz Husain Kajal
- MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil
- Mark & Spencer Limited Collection Pencil
- Mumtaz Black Kajal Herbal Pencil
- BYS Kohl Eye Liner Pencil
- Max Factor Eye Pencil
- Sephora Collection Kohl Waterproof
My personal favourites have always been Mumtaz and Shahnaz Husain as they do the job well for a fraction of the price compared to the other mentioned brands and is readily available at Jothi’s, Little India. I have been using these brands for years and don’t intend to change unless one or the other isn’t available here anymore (I will cry).
As mentioned above, very little product is needed to give the desired smoky eye effect. Just draw on your eyelids gently and evenly spread it out with your ring finger. I will usually use the kajal as a base and top it off with black eyeshadow. If you want an intense look, draw it along your water line. Kajal eyeliner is a staple in my makeup kit as I find I can adjust it’s intensity according to how much product I put on my lids and it’s much more visible than using eyeshadow base, again, for the fraction of the price.
That’s most of my knowledge on kohl kajal eyeliners and I hope this has been helpful. If you have further enquires regarding this, please leave a comment below or reach me on the Love Bella Vida Facebook Page for more beauty or fashion tips.