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10 Basic Eye Makeup Products I Use To Get The Perfect Parisian-Inspired Wing

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I’ve never been especially adventurous when it comes to makeup. Apart from some (regrettable) smoky eye looks during college, I’ve always kept it relatively minimal on the beauty front. I’ve never contoured in my life, and after a disastrous attempt at "color correcting" that left me green for a date, I resigned to never try it again. The one product I'll always experiment with, though? Eyeliner. And over the years, I've acquired the perfect lineup of basic eye makeup products that even beginners like me can use with ease.

While my makeup bag isn’t overly fun or expansive, I’ve spent years fine-tuning its contents, which includes my prized collection of eyeliners. My obsession began in college when I'd spent an entire summer watching old French films, convinced I’d magically pick up the language. Spoiler: I didn’t. I did, however, become enamored by the winged eyeliner I often saw on French actresses like Anouk Aimée and Brigitte Bardot.

I loved how sharp the flicked ends looked, and the effortless elegance it seemed to bestow on the wearer. Often paired with neutral eyeshadow and a muted lip, I decided it was a manageable look I too could master.

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Klobal/Shutterstock

After I decided I'd never master the French language, I refocused my efforts on creating the perfect Parisian-inspired wing. Over the years I've tried nearly every eyeliner on the market, developing a preference for high-pigment, liquid variations with extremely fine tips.

While I have my hard-earned favorites, I’m constantly trying out new formulas. More recently, I've even swapped my usual black hue for vibrant pops of color. Ahead, I rounded up my go-to eye makeup products — all of which are beginner-friendly — that give me the ultimate French-girl look in 10 minutes or less.

Primer

Shadow Insurance

$20

Too Faced

A good primer is key in making sure your wing actually stays in place. A little goes a long way, and this small tube always lasts a suprisingly long time.

Eyeshadow Primer Potion

$24

Urban Decay

This primer goes on incredibly smooth, and ensures an even application. Since the perfect wing is all about the flick at the end, this is a must-have.

Eyeshadow

Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

$29

Urban Decay

Since I'm relatively fair, I like to use a combination of Skimp and Stark for a nice neutral base.

Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

$39

Tarte

I've been experimenting with more pink hues recently, which is why I love using this palette. I typically combine Sweetheart and Flower Child, and line my brow bone with Charmer.

Eyeliner

MegaLiner Liquid Eyeliner

$3

Wet n Wild

This was the first liquid eyeliner I ever purchased, and I still use it to this day. The fine tip allows for precise application, and the formula dries quickly and doesn’t smudge. Plus, at $3 it’s a steal.

Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

$22

Stila

This liner is true to its name in that it really stays all day. It can withstand hot New York summers, so I never have to worry about sweating through it. Even when I apply it at 8AM, it still looks good for an 8PM dinner. Talk about reliable.

Tattoo Liner

$20

Kat Von D

The rich pigment of this formula is the reason I keep coming back — there’s nothing worse than having to apply multiple coats of liner just so it goes on evenly. This one is also part of Kat Von D’s vegan & cruelty-free collection, something that has become increasingly important to me as a consumer.

Diorshow On Stage Liquid Eyeliner

$31

Dior

Since I’ve been experimenting with color more, this matte pink shade is so fun to play with. I’ll often forgo mascara when wearing it so that the color really pops.

Mascara

LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara

$6

Covergirl

This drugstore mascara will always be one of my favorites. I find that liquid liner can sometimes cause your lashes to clump, so I like to apply this after to redistribute my lashes and add volume.

Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils - The Curler

$29

Yves Saint Laurent

A curling mascara makes any wing look 10 times better, and because this one contains coconut and bamboo oil, it's not hard on your lashes at all.