Used in large amounts to line the eyes, the dark and intense kohl was believed to protect the eyes from the harsh rays of the desert sun. While ancient Egyptians used the kajal to line their eyes, African tribes also used it for drawing distinct lines on their bodies.

In India, we know kohl by names such as ‘surma’, ‘kanmashi’ and ‘kan mai’. The kajal in India has many uses: to mark dots on children and adults to ward off evil, as a must-have in every woman’s eye makeup kit and to line the eyes of Indian classical dancers with thick strokes to make them look bigger.

Several makeup artists have found innovative ways to use kohl to make the eyes appear more expressive and beautiful and the average Indian woman believes her eye makeup is incomplete without the kohl pencil. Celebrities often use the kajal along with eyeliner and eyeshadow to create attractive eye makeup looks, setting a benchmark for Indian style and fashion.

Every kind of eye makeup technique can be achieved with the help of kajal eyeliners, from simple to the more dramatic kind. Tight-lining -a method where the eyeliner is used against the water line right underneath the lashes of the upper eyelid- is the most common way of applying kohl. Another technique that has become extremely popular with young girls is the winged-eye technique which creates a retro look.

This versatile cosmetic product can be accessorized with several other embellishments like glitter or glitter particles and you can now buy kohl pencils in a multitude of colors and variants. The popular smokey eye look also employs the use of plenty of kohl.

With such a wide range to choose from, here are a few of our favorites.

Made with botanical extracts of camphor and almond oil to pamper the eyes and promote lash growth, this kajal relaxes and soothes eyes through the day.

Enriched with USDA Certified Organic ingredients and Organic Cow Ghee, this kajal eyeliner is 100% Chemical Free and doesn’t contain any animal fat.

If you are looking for something long-lasting with a deep black finish, this kohl is a great choice for your eye makeup kit. It is waterproof and lasts up to 22 hrs and comes in a convenient twist-up format.

This soft and creamy kajal with a gel finish is a great tool to achieve a quick smokey eye. It is also 12-hour smudge-proof and comes with a sharpener.

This waterproof kajal comes in an ergonomic pack for easy grip and control. Whether in a defined, subtle look, or build a bold, dramatic result, the intense colors enhance the beauty of your eyes.

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