Rimmel Soft Kohl - £2.99
No one should be without a basic black kohl pencil and this one is the best-selling item across Rimmel’s range. Pile it on for this season’s gothic look, or smudge it carefully across your lower lashes if you want to be more subtle.
Clinique Quickliner - £11
Perfect for creating different looks, the pencil end can be used for a precise line, and the blotter end for smudging or extending the line. This blue-grey colour is great for perking up tired eyes.
www.clinique.co.uk; 0870 034 2566
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel - £16
Bobbi Brown sell a pot of this luxurious liner gel every two minutes, such is its reputation as a beauty classic. Beloved of make-up artists, this is a liner that won’t budge or smudge.
www.bobbibrown. co.uk; 0800 074 6905
Chantecaille Le Stylo - £21
Chantecaille has something of a cult following in the States, where it is known for combining botanical and essential oils with the latest make-up technology. Perfect for sensitive skin and thosewho like to know exactly what ingredients they’re putting on their face.
www.harrods.com; 020-7225 5758
Nars Glitter Pencil - £16
Francois Nars’ cosmetics have become a staple in every make-up artist’s backstage kit and are a byword for achievable glamour. Use this chubby glitter pencil at the inner corners of your eye to create a disco ingénue look.
www.selfridges.com; 0870 837 7377
Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil - £14
With a pantone palette of every colour you could possibly want, Shu Uemura’s drawing pencil will inspire the make-up artist in each of us. This soft gold shade is perfect for catching the light – and everyone’s eye – as the autumn evenings draw in.
www.shuuemura.com; 020-7240 7635
Chanel Stylo Liquide - £15
With a tapered brush applicator and a twistaction pump, Chanel’s eyeliner is easy to use and perfect for creating a precise look that is also full of dark drama.
www.chanel.co.uk; 020-7493 3836
Paul & Joe Fluid Eyeliner - £14.50
The French duo has just launched their liquid eyeliner in the UK. A combination of utilitarian, hassle-free application and vintage-inspired, girly packaging, this is a must-have for any chief exec’s make-up bag.
www.fenwicks.co.uk; 020-7629 9161
MAC Kohl - £11
This Mac pencil is a high-end basic and this particular shade is flattering for those who eyelids may not be a tight as they once were. Try blending, smudging and shaping the line with MAC’s slanted brush (£13), which can also be used with a liquid gel.
www.maccosmetics.co.uk; 0870 034 2676
Maybelline Line Definer - £4.99
A saviour for those who wish to try their unsteady hand at a Winehouse flick. This looks a bit like a felt tip but it is designed for grown-ups. It’s totally foolproof, it may even inspire you to go bigger and bolder than Amy herself.