I'm not big on black eyeliner, as it's too harsh. I'm hooked on black brown eyeliner and now on eyeliner that are described as bronze black.
For pencils, two of my favorites are Physicians Formula Eye Definer Flat Automatic Eyeliner Pencil in Black Bronze and Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Metallic Brass from Denmark's GOSH Cosmetics.
Lately, I've discovered L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Eyeliner in Bronze. It's messy because it's a loose powder, but the look is smudgier than what you get with a pencil and the results are worth the extra care in handling this product.
L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Eyeliner in Bronze
Here are some tips to minimize the mess:
* Cover your (preferably non-porous) countertop with facial tissue or wax paper to catch powder. Fold the tissue or wax paper to save the spilt powder for later use. Put some sort of weight on top - I use the container itself.
* Tap the dispenser right side up vertically - not at an angle. This minimizes spills. Unfortunately, the container does not come with a sifter.
* Get a damp cloth to wipe the the countertop clean in case of spills.
I apply L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Eyeliner with the self-contained slant-edged brush to my upper lash line and to the outer corner of the lower lash line. Then I dot the lower lash line with a pressed powder eyeshadow in a softer color, using the pointed end of the Line & Define Brush from Beauty Strokes. This helps fill in sparse lower eyelashes.