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Do Kajals Need To Be Ophthalmologically Tested?

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The first (sometimes the only) makeup product we begin our routine with is a bold, black kohl. One that’s packed with intense pigment. And by virtue of being Indian, we take our kajals very seriously. What we don’t take seriously is clearing it off our waterline and eyelid in the p.m. Not only does it fester all-night long, it also becomes a thriving ground for bacteria. Mix that with preservatives, harmful chemicals (if at all) and it’s a recipe for disaster. In which case, those wearing contact lenses are doomed, and let’s not even get started on those with sensitive skin. The next time your eyes irritate, itch or cause redness, get alarmed. They’re signs you ought to scrutinize immediately.

TBH, there’s one solution that eliminates this dilemma. Snag an eyeliner that’s dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested. Bonus points if its hypoallergenic. And before you scramble, stagger and stray, we’ve listed the top five ophthalmologically-tested kajals to lay your money on.

1. The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner

Known as the brand that ethically sources its ingredients that boasts of natural-inspired beauty products, looking to this brand when you’re seeking a dermatologist and ophthalmologist’s approval for your liner makes complete sense. Rest assured that you’ve made the right choice even with its liquid liner. A big plus is that its tip is highly pigmented, easy-to-control and doesn’t wobble.

2. Kiko Milano Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner

This eyeliner puts its mouth where its money is, so don’t let the price throw you off. One-swipe pigment lasts you all day, is darker than black (if that’s even possible) and comes with a fool-proof felt-tip that glides on like a dream. Your cat-eye look can now be achieved even when you’re on-the-run.

3. Colorbar MesmerEyes Kajal

Have a crack at as many eyeliners as you’d like, no matter what, this simple, economical and trusty brand always comes up trumps. No surprises that its kajal is a go-to liner for beginners, experts and everyone in between. And it’s not just dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested, this one is even suitable for those with sensitive skin and contact lenses.

4. Shiseido Kajal InkArtist in Shadow, Liner, Brow

For moments when you need to standout but also do it quick, this eye pencil that can moonlight as an eyeshadow with its thicker tip comes handy. And no, this doesn’t mean this black beauty can’t work its magic for a fine, defined line. Not just that, it can even multitask as your brow shaper. Well, it’s not touted versatile for no reason. Wink wink.

5. Nykaa Eyem24x7 Kajal Eyeliner in Ebony Soul 01

That looking-for-a-sharpener struggle is real. And chances are that you’re looking for it at the nth hour and that you never land up finding it. Are we right or are we right? exactly why a retractable pencil is mandatory. This kohl pencil has a lot going for itself. Not just is it retractable, but its pigment-rich formula is waterproof, long-lasting and transfer proof. In fact, it even boasts of a rubber sleeve for optimal grip.

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