Best Eyeliners

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An eye liner is a cosmetic that is used to color, define and shape the eyelid. The use of an eye liner is to make eye lids appear wider, darker and for enhancing the appearance of the eyelashes.

Eyeliner can be used above or below the eye in nearly any type of eye makeup fashion, ranging from simple every day wear to dramatic or theatrical makeup.

There are many different kinds of eye liners available on the market today. Some of them are liquid eyeliners, gel eyeliners, pencil eyeliners, cream eyeliners, silk eyeliners and innovative eyeliners.

Liquid eye liners are the most popular forms of eye liners in the market. They are made up of a liquid that can be used with a brush to carefully apply it on the eyes or a liquid that can be applied by using a fine felt pen. When applied, it gives an appearance of soft and natural looking eyeliner on the eyes.

Another type of an eye liner is pencil eyeliners. Although they are called pencil eyeliners, they are not made up of a pencil. Rather, these are very creamy pencils made up of a powder or a liquid eyeliner, which is then covered in powder. The powder is used to make the eyeliner look like a pencil and the wrapped in a plastic sleeve to protect the powder liner.

NameCategoryProduct
it Cosmetics No-tug Waterproof Gel EyelinerBest Overallit Cosmetics No-tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
COVERGIRL Ink It By Perfect Point Plus Waterproof EyelinerBudget PickCOVERGIRL Ink It By Perfect Point Plus Waterproof Eyeliner
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear EyelinerUpgrade PickNARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

1. it Cosmetics No-tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

Our rating: 9 / 10

it Cosmetics No-tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

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Pros:

  • Low price
  • Good staying power
  • Glides smoothly
  • Excellent for sensitive skin
  • Gives a very bold and rich color
  • Fade proof

2. L'Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Never Fail Original Mechanical Pencil Eyeliner

Our rating: 8 / 10

L'Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Never Fail Original Mechanical Pencil Eyeliner

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Pros:

  • Long lasting and fade proof
  • Contains smudge and sweat proof primer
  • Affordable price
  • Comes with a sharpener
  • Good pigmentation

Cons:

  • Might require more than one application
  • Might need to be set with powder to prevent smudging
  • It can be too soft
  • May be a little difficult to remove

Eyeliner is a difficult product to find the best for because your preference is in fact very personal and subjective. Many people choose not to wear eyeliner but if you decided to wear some, it’s important to get a good one that will last all day.

3. stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Our rating: 8 / 10

stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

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Pros:

  • Dark, Wide Brush
  • Buildable color
  • Easy to wear for both day and night
  • Long lasting, water proof pencil

The pen-style tip of the Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner makes this liner easy to use and gives you precision that you don’t usually see in a waterproof eyeliner.

The Secret behind the amazing staying power of the stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is the flexible tip that hugs your lash line and moves with you during the day. Just be sure to use our trick to get even more precise lines every time: hold the pen tip at a slight angle so the line comes out thinner and just about doubles in length.

For the most part, the stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner applied smoothly without any skipped strokes or tugging. It did have some trouble following the curves of the lash line and would sometimes drag unexpectedly, but I was still able to get a good line with a bit of extra effort.

4. HAUS LABORATORIES by Lady Gaga: EYE-DENTIFY GEL PENCIL EYELINER & LIQUID EYE-LIE-NER

Our rating: 8 / 10

HAUS LABORATORIES by Lady Gaga: EYE-DENTIFY GEL PENCIL EYELINER & LIQUID EYE-LIE-NER

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Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Wide range of beautiful colors
  • Long lasting
  • Affordable
  • Vegan options
  • Great for beginner make up artists
  • Eyeliners are easy to use
  • Great line quality
  • Comes in many layers
  • Smudge-proof

Cons:

  • Too dense
  • Can’t be used on the inner corner of eyes
  • Takes time and patience
  • A number of shades are similar to each other
  • Feels greasy

( Pack of 2 )

5. Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner

Our rating: 8 / 10

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner

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6. Maybelline Eyestudio Master Precise All Day Ink Pen Liquid Eyeliner

Our rating: 8 / 10

Maybelline Eyestudio Master Precise All Day Ink Pen Liquid Eyeliner

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Pros:

  • Super pigmented
  • Easy to use
  • Affordable

When I received it one of the eyeliners was broken. It seemed like the company failed to package it properly. And I was not very happy about the experience.

7. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo,Black

Our rating: 8 / 10

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo,Black

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Pros:

  • Very long-lasting
  • Smooth application
  • Goes on evenly
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Quite difficult to remove (Shiseido has a much gentler formula)
  • Needs to be sharpened

The perfect eyeliner pen is one that can fill in a thin line quickly as well as a fatter line if you want to go out for the evening. You want to be able to achieve a thin wing tip line and have it look as if it’s painted on correctly, and without the hassle. You must look in the mirror and like what you see.

An eyeliner pen should make it easy for you to fill in the thin lines and the perfect cat eye/winged look. It should be able to create the illusion that it’s all one color. The Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo has a little pot of eyeliner pencil and a little pot of gel eyeliner.

8. NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

Our rating: 8 / 10

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

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Pros:

  • Goes on smooth
  • Stays on all day
  • Doesn’t smudge
  • Color is deep
  • Lasts a long time
  • Goes on easily
  • Good color payoff
  • Will last you for years
  • Made in Italy
  • Stays long and you can layer it

Cons:

  • Can bleed outside the upper lash line
  • Not very good for tightlining
  • Not so great for waterline
  • Smudges a little
  • Hard to remove

The NARS Via Veneto is a soft, creamy, and smooth eyeliner for your lids. It has a matte finish and looks absolutely great on lids. It is great for everyday use and wear on a regular basics.

You can use it to line the eyes or to add some eye color. It stays long and you can easily layer it. It’s definitely a good option to try if you’re new to the eyeliner game.

9. COVERGIRL Ink It By Perfect Point Plus Waterproof Eyeliner

Our rating: 8 / 10

COVERGIRL Ink It By Perfect Point Plus Waterproof Eyeliner

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10. LA PURE Waterproof Eyeliner Stamp

Our rating: 8 / 10

LA PURE Waterproof Eyeliner Stamp

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Pros:

  • Wax-based liquid formula
  • Easy to apply
  • Long lasting
  • Great for beginners
  • Waterproof
  • Stays on all day

Cons:

  • Wax-based, so may take a few tries to get the application down
  • Takes practice to get the desired result
  • Can get itchy or dry after a few hours
  • May not be as precise as pencil

The LA Pure Eyeliner is very easy to apply. You get two of these liquid eyeliners so they’re perfect for practice. You’re going to want to make sure you have a steady hand, but once you get the hang of it, you can create both thick and thin lines.

The eyeliner contours to hooded eyes and doesn’t transfer to your eyelids. It can fade slightly, but a little cream eyeliner can fix that pretty easily. Reviewers loved this eyeliner, especially as an alternative to the time consuming and expensive pencil eyeliners that many women rely on.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the best eyeliners?

Usually waterproof, these liners won’t smudge or run through the day.

It’s also a good idea to find one with a soft texture and a dense brush … a softer texture will allow for a smoother application with less tugging or pulling on your skin.

The best eyeliners for application are also those that glide on your skin. This clean application prevents any waste of product as you’re not going over your same spot repeatedly. The goal with applying eyeliner should be a quick, minimal mess application.

What is the best and easiest eyeliner to use?

For someone who is new to eyeliner, who don’t have much experience or who wears eyeliner on relatively rare occasions, the easiest way to go is to get a gel or cream eyeliner.

For the everyday user, a highly pigmented gel or cream eyeliner is the best for making the most even application.

For the ladies who wear eyeliner with the intention of going out, the most waterproof eyeliner is best. It’ll last you from your morning cup of coffee to the bar at night.

However, there are some things that you need to remember while choosing your eyeliner. First, choose the right color. And then choose the right brand. These are lost of risks and you might end up having an allergic reaction.

Which is the best long lasting eyeliner?

Liquid eyeliners are typically long-lasting even after water exposure, and smudge-proof and waterproof versions are becoming more and more popular.

For example, the Clinique Quickliner for Eyes comes in a waterproof version, with a felt tip applicator designed to be drawn along the lash line easily and without smudging.

For someone who prefers a powder, Maybelline Full N ÌčÌ® Eye looks fairly light on the skin and has a sculpting tip applicator with a sponge tip on one end that should prevent any fall-out. It also has a staying power of up to 16 hours.

The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner promises a 12-hour stay every time with its patented Pro Tightlining Technology, and a felt tip applicator, which is great for precision application.

What's the best eyeliner pencil on the market?

There are several different types of eyeliner pens for various use cases. Below are some of the more popular eyeliner pen types, and what makes each one great.

Fine point eyeliner: This is basically a thin pen without a sharp point that allows for a more controlled application. This is for people who don't want to make a mistake and looks best when it's used to line the inner rim of your lashes.

Slim point eyeliner: This type of eyeliner has a very thin tip that has been slightly bent upwards so that you can use the tip to draw a line. This type of pen is for someone who wants mastery over their eyeliner application and want a thicker liner.

Conclusion

It is that time again for the annual Smoky Eye race, and thousands of perfectly innocent men and women are wondering where they can get the best eyeliner for smoky eyes. Because Shuuemura for all its fragility is far more logistically difficult to get than, say, the trifecta of Chanel, Lancome, and Dior, we’re also throwing in some information on eyeliner pencils from the latter group also.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
it Cosmetics No-tug Waterproof Gel EyelinerBest Overallit Cosmetics No-tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
COVERGIRL Ink It By Perfect Point Plus Waterproof EyelinerBudget PickCOVERGIRL Ink It By Perfect Point Plus Waterproof Eyeliner
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear EyelinerUpgrade PickNARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner