JCosme’s (Japanese Cosmetics) my first love! I remember the first time in Japan when I spent HOURS in a drugstore trying out make up and then carting them back home to use. Back then, Kate Cosmetics wasn’t even in Singapore, and it caught my eye with its packaging and choice of models and advertisement style – hip & adventurous, with an attitude to boot!
I’m so glad that Kate is now easier to get in Singapore, because their makeup have been much raved about (even before they arrived on our sunny island), and are worth picking up for a try!
I cycle through my makeup stash so very often, and I’ve recently rekindled my love for Kate’s eyeliners.
From Left to Right: Introducing the Kate Super Sharp Liner, Slim Gel Pencil and Quick Eyeliner!
Kate Super Sharp Liner is the star product of Kate’s eyeliner family – with its super fine and flexible felt pen brush tip, you get better control while creating super fine lines! The latest renewal has been given a longer lasting formula, and is touted to be fade and smudge resistant! It’s available in 3 colors – BK-1 DenseJet black (which now comes with a spider design on it to signify that it can draw fine lines like that of a spiderweb), BK Natural Black & BR Deep Brown.
Kate Slim Gel Pencil is an automatic gel pencil – you rotate the bottom to dispense more product, and it rotates out in very small increments to reduce product wastage. If you love Kate’s gel pot liner (which I do!), you’ll love this as it deposits a deep, intense color and can even be used on the waterline. The skinny tip of this gel pencil eyeliner allows you to tightline with no extra skill required! Comes in 2 colors, BK Black and BR Brown!
Kate Quick Eyeliner is an all time favorite – there are days when you feel like using liquid eyeliner and this is the one to reach out for if you like drawing thick eyeliner like I do! The felt pen tip is sturdy and lets you fill in eyeliner easily, yet retains its shape well enough to draw a cat-eye flick if you want to. Also available in 2 colors, BK Black and BR Brown!
I very often get questions on how to draw eyeliner, so here’s a quick one with Kate’s Quick Eyeliner, which has a broader felt tip for you to draw thick to thin lines easily, and also how you can further define it with the slim gel pencil!
Step 1: Apply your eyeshadow first before drawing on eyeliner! You wouldn’t want eyeshadow to cover up a prettily drawn eyeliner, would you?
Step 2: Draw a line with Kate’s Quick Eyeliner that extends slightly upwards and beyond your eye shape to give it a cat eye look. I know some people who stop here, but I like my eyeliner thick! This will be the bottom of my flick.
Step 3: Starting from the end of the tip, draw inwards close to your eyelids!
Step 4: FILL IN THE EMPTY AREA!
And Voila! Cat eyes!
You can stop here, but I like to define my eyes further – especially if your brow game’s strong or if you’re headed out for the night!
Step 5: You’ll find that the slim gel pencil is skinny enough to go between your lashes, and it deposits color really well too. If you have trouble with drawing one straight line along your lashes, you can also just dot it along your lower lash line until it forms a line, and gently use your pinky finger or a Q-tip to rub it gently and “connect the dots”. For this part, you don’t draw your waterline YET.
Step 6: After you’re done with the lashline, you go IN to your waterline – pull your lower lid down ever so gently, and draw along the waterline. It’s super easy with the slim gel pencil!
Step 7: Do the same – lift up your upper eyelid and repeat step 5 (between your lashes to color in any beige gaps) and then step 6 (along your upper waterline), and Voila! The final look!
Here’s a little gif animation of how different it looks if you tightline your waterline! I especially love doing this when I’m wearing lighter colored contact lens as it really makes my eyes pop. If you have amber brown eyes, you’ll look incredibly stunning!
There are many ways of drawing eyeliner of course, this is just the way and look I’m super used to – there are more looks out there you can find with a quick google search – here’s a chart I found online!
image credit to google (sorry i can’t rem which site I found this!)
I do sometimes do the double wing liner when I feel like it – and I find that Kate’s Super Sharp Liner is the easiest tool for me to create this look!
Step 1: Draw the cat liner the way you usually would. With Kate’s Super Sharp Liner, I find that I can go extremely close to my lash line without accidentally making it look too thick at the front!
This is thinner than I would usually go!
Step 2: Using Kate’s Super Sharp Liner still, draw a line parallel to the top liner and connect it to the lower lid.
Step 3: Change of tool! I’m using Kate’s Slim Gel Pencil Liner here again because it gives a softer look than the super sharp liner.
Step 4: Tightline if you want to, for both upper and lower waterlines!
And after a bit of tidying up, this is how it’ll look like!
It’s a bit of a coincidence, but I was talking about eyeliners over tea with a friend and she mentioned that she loves Kate’s eyeliners, and I told her that I was using it the very same day! Hehe. We both agreed that the eyeliners, which are all MADE IN JAPAN, are definitely worth a try!
Kate Cosmetics’ liquid eyeliners (Super Sharp Liner & Quick Eyeliner) both retail at $17 SGD, and the Slim Gel Pencil goes at $20.50 SGD each. You can find Kate Cosmetics at selected NTUC Fair Price, SASA & Watsons outlets!