As soon as you uncap the Almay Pen Eyeliner, you'll notice something weird. The tapered applicator has a spherical, ball-like tip. No, it's not a defect. It's a special feature that's cool for a couple of reasons.
Unlike traditional tapered-tip liquid liners, the ball-like point has a consistent thickness no matter how much pressure you put on it. This has its pros and cons. Let's start with the bad news: It's hard to make sharp wings in one swoop. Instead, you'll have to draw on a triangular shape and fill it in. I like leaving the triangle empty, though, for a negative-space wing. The good news is if you're not a winged-liner person, you can use this to line your top and bottom lashes quickly and easily. The ink is so pigmented that you get an opaque, streak-free line in one swipe. It dries down to a satiny pitch-black shade in about seven seconds (give or take), and once it's set, it won't smudge.
If you plan to wear eye shadow with this liner, I suggest covering your lids with primer first to keep the shadow in place. Without a primer, fallout from the shadow can dull the intensity of the liner throughout the day. With it, your liner will look exactly the same when you're ready to take it off as it did when you put it on in the morning.
The unique tip also lends itself to creating trendy liner looks. If you ever want to do a bold eye in under three minutes, place a dot just above your lashes on the center of your lid and another one directly below it under your lower lash line. (I have hooded lids, so I place the top dots just above my creases.)
Skip mascara and swipe on the brightest lipstick you own. That's all the makeup you need. If you have an extra minute, highlighter is always a good choice. This is something I do when I begin to feel too connected to lush lashes. And sometimes, when I'm feeling extra bold, I'll even put two next dots next to each other atop my left cheekbone.