I do a cat eye. Always. Every day. Having tried all the other looks, four years ago I came to the conclusion that a firm black line that curves upward at the edge makes me look hot, and that’s all I need to know.

Of course, it’s much easier to find a non-toxic pencil eyeliner than a liquid one. For a while I used Tarte, before concluding that it wasn’t clean enough.

Since then, I’ve hit on two brands that will give you that look, but each has drawbacks and benefits. My review:

Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner

The fine tip of the applicator brush and ballpoint-pen consistency of the liquid makes Zuzu’s liquid eyeliner go on as smoothly as a Japanese ink drawing. It comes in a variety of colors, including blue, brown, a pearlescent black, and solid black. The only thing is that it is not waterproof, so you might find yourself missing a wing a few hours in, if you are like me and tend to touch your face. Still, when you smudge it, it smudges cleanly, and doesn’t leave an unsightly trail. So mildly annoying, not embarrassing.

Jane Iredale Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner

This new eyeliner just came out at the end of 2016. It’s waterproof so it lasts longer  – a huge plus. That makes it a no brainer for my upcoming wedding! But it’s not has handy as Zuzu. First, it comes in a paint pot with a brush that you pop out of the top, for one additional step. Second, I found the brush too chunky to get a nice cat eye, and resorted to using my old Tarte cosmetics brush to getting that fine line. (I might even consider going back to using scotch tape on my eyes and painting over that.) I hope in its next iteration they’ll refine the brush a bit. I have yet to try Jane Iredale’s liquid eyeliner, which is marketed as having staying power, but has mixed reviews on that account. I’ll check back in after I do that!

Jane Iredale Liquid Eyeliner

This is my new favorite eyeliner. It has a superfine brush tip that does require a steady hand, but allows for some real artistry. The black ink goes on and stays on for as long as you need. When my friend who wears a cat eye every single day borrowed it, she ended up emailing me to ask me where to buy it!