Eyes Don’t Lie: Tabu’s Classic Kohl-Laden Eyes Are Never Going Out Of Style


They are a rare breed- actress I never tire of watching on the silver screen and the one that enjoy watching the most is Tabu. I’m certain I’ll get unanimous approval when I say that she possesses versatility like nobody in the industry. From her role as the simple Anuradha in the evergreen comedy Hera Pheri to the stoic Ghazala in the critically acclaimed Haider and the determined Meera in the nailbiting movie Drishyam—she’s always proved her mettle as a mould-breaking performer. Currently basking in the success of her new movie, The Crew where she stars alongside Kareena Kapoor-Khan and Kriti Sanon, Tabu has reminded us once again why our eyes are always glued to the screen when she’s there.


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Tabu’s acting prowess is unquestioned but as a beauty enthusiast, I am inclined to think that her eyes do a lot of the expressing. Over the years, her signature eye makeup has always been on point, reminding us that sometimes the classics reign supreme. With gently smudged kohl-laden eyelids and a sultry waterline, Tabu’s eye makeup is one for the books. But, picking the right kohl to master this look can be a little tricky. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our tried and tested favourites that are always in our carts. If you scroll to the end, we’ve also given you a step-by-step breakdown to recreate the look, we got you!

M.A.C Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 24HR Kajal

With a creamy formula, the M.A.C Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 24HR Kajal comes enriched with jojoba and sunflower seed oil to ensure that your eyes aren’t irritated with the application. Its single-stroke application will give you a jet-black colour with a slightly luminous effect.

Available on maccosmetics.in

Nykaa Cosmetics Black Magic Kajal

If you’re looking for a matte formula that refuses to budge upon application, Nykaa Cosmetics Black Magic Kajal is what you need. This one is a retractable pencil which does a great job of adding depth and definition to your eyes.

Available on nykaa.com

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion

A no. 1 product for all the rightful reasons, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eye Pencil has a creamy formula like no other. Its intense colour packs a punch and boasts a 16HR wear. With 50% hydrating ingredients such as vitamin E, jojoba and cottonseed oil, there’s minimal dragging when you blend it with a brush.

Available on nykaa.com

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner

The Always On Gel Liner from Smashbox comes with a unique formula that stays wet for a few seconds, allowing you to blend and create the perfect smudged kohl look with ease. It’s also waterproof and sweatproof for over 24 hours ensuring that your eye makeup doesn’t budge.

Available on shoppersstop.com

Huda Beauty Creamy Kohl Longwear Eye Pencil


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A game-changing kohl with a rich formula, Huda Beauty’s Creamy Kohl Longwear Eye Pencil is as pigmented as it gets. This kohl features a hybrid liquid-gel technology that glides on your eyelids and your waterline with ease.

Available on tira.com

Makeup Forever Aqua Resist Pencil

It’s not easy finding the intense hue of a liquid eyeliner in a gel kohl, but Makeup Forever’s Aqua Resist Pencil performs the feat. It comes with a twist-up tip to ensure that the application is always precise and easy to smudge too. Ophthalmologically tested, this kohl can be used by contact lens wearers and people with sensitive eyes too.

Available on sephora.in

Colorbar Just Smokey Kajal

With an ultra-soft texture that blends with ease, Colorbar’s Just Smokey Kajal stays true to its name. What sets this product apart is the built-in smudger which helps you smoke out your eyelids and waterline like a dream.

Available on colorbarcosmetics.com

Here’s how you can recreate Tabu’s classic eye look with ease—

  • Ensure that your eyes and your under eyes are prepped for makeup. For the eyes use an eyeshadow primer or concealer and moisturise your under-eye area well.
  • Opt for a soft, brown matte eyeshadow and apply it all over your eyelids while ensuring that no crisp edges are there.
  • Next, choose any of the above-listed kohls and begin by lining your eyelids with it. The line traced has to be thin and precise since it has to be blended further.
  • Now, with a smudger, gently smudge the kohl to create a smokey effect while making sure that this isn’t extended to a cat eye.
  • Use the same kohl to trace your waterline and draw a slightly thicker line for a dramatic effect.
  • With an angled brush that promises your extreme precision, further, smudge the kohl on your waterline.
  • If you’re looking to define your eyes a little more, tight-line your eyes with kohl.

Not only are kohl-laden eyes extremely versatile in essence, but they’re also easy to recreate when you’re on the go!

- Beauty Writer


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