We don’t know about you, but the first time we added black eyeliner to our makeup routine was a life-changing moment. Ever since that initial awkward, hesitant, shaky swipe, we’ve counted our trusty black eyeliner(s) as one our closest beauty companions — there for us during our grunge phase (shudder), cat-eye obsession (still going strong) and all makeup trends in between. Ahead, we rounded up five black eyeliners that we reach for on the regular and tell you why we think they’ll change your makeup routine for the better.
Perversion is an all-in-one pencil that delivers a soft, pliable feel for just about any look (read: a simple line, wing or edgy crease definition). It’s perfect for every kind of makeup junkie, whether you’re an eyeliner rookie or cat-eye expert.
The soft texture of Stay All Day allows for simple smudging or a precise line. This liner is one of our favorites for eyelids that are on the oilier side because it does an excellent job of staying in place even sans setting powder.
Like the LBD of your makeup wardrobe, a black pencil should be on hand for just about every occasion, and Pro Last fits the bill. This liner is perhaps one of the most versatile of the bunch because it’s longwear, waterproof and can be used on the waterline or lash line as you please.
Liquid liners are often the underdogs of the liner lineup because they’re a hair trickier to apply than pencils, but you don’t want to skip them. For a clean-cut finish, Superhero seriously will save your days over and over again. It’s highly pigmented and creates the perfect wing.
If you want the most targeted application, use a tool with the words “precise” or “extreme definition” on the label. The stiffness of the tip — and fineness of the point — makes drawing an arch over eyes a cinch. This Couture Liquid Liner gets the job done right and allows you to draw a flawless line with ease.