These days, eyeliners are a dime a dozen. Look into a girl’s makeup bag and you’ll find a dozen eyeliners. From pencils and gels to liquid and markers, there’s a new liner hitting the street every second — and we love it. Sure, they may all look the same to the untrained eye, but each serves a different purpose—felt tip for ultra-thin application, marker for intense cat eyes, a tapered pen for sharp wings and colored liner for when you’re feelin’ funky. Not to mention the matte, shimmery or sleek finishes.
We’re especially thrilled about the liquid eyeliner craze sweeping the nation. Creating a sleek, clean line, these liquid-based wonders are ideal for chic looks like the iconic cat eye. Now you see, a girl can never have too many liquid eyeliners. To show our undying devotion for liquid liner (and take out the guesswork for you), we’ve created a robust list of our fave liquid eyeliners for your viewing pleasure.
Liquid Eyeliner Do’s & Don’ts
DO your eyeshadow first. “That way, if there are any mess up's, you can simply use the edge of a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover, and remove anything you don't want,” says celeb makeup artist Emily Oliver.
DO use face makeup to clean up your eyeliner. “I recommend using concealer afterward in order to shape a sharp edge leaving liner looking fierce and the point perfect,” says Oliver.
DON’T apply your eyeliner with free elbows. “In order to get the best line—if you're unsteady— anchor your elbows on the counter looking into the mirror, and apply,” says Oliver.
DON’T go horizontal with your cat eye. “When creating a wing, extend it upward at around 45 degrees and out,” says Oliver. “This will create an almond shape and make your eyes look huge.”
Keep scrolling to see which liquid eyeliners made it into our Beauty ‘Haul’ of Fame!
At first glance, it’s clear that this eyeliner is different. And not just because of it’s ultra-thin felt tip and matte finish. The Grandiôse Liner features a 35 degree bendable wand for the most precise and easy to apply liquid liner looks. Just click the wand into place to seamlessly wing a subtle cat eye or one of these chic graphic styles.
Markers aren’t just for your new-found love of adult coloring books. The foolproof applicator contains a precision tip to easily ‘fill in the lines’ and a flat surface on the side for bolder looks. Reverse cat eye, anyone? Intense black liner glides on in a single stroke, staying put through your long work days andeven longer nights. No more worries about smudging while … dancing.
Say goodbye to rouge eyeliner as this easy grip pen allows for the ultimate control. The curve-hugging tip defines eyes with full-bodied precision, so you can go from winged lids to work of art! Here’s how to use it:
Step 1. Apply liner sideways for a generously curvy line, starting from the inner corner.
For a fierce feline effect, Noir is your go-to liner. With an ultra-fine 0.1 mm felt tip (for reference, most mechanical pencils use 0.5 mm or 0.7 mm leads) precision is the name of this liner game. We’re talkin’ sleek and smooth flicks with a Harry Potter-esque wand, FTW.
When you’ve had enough of black liner (which is like, never) or just want to mix things up, Vivid Brights comes in nine vibrant eyeliner shades. From violet to turquoise, tangerine to sapphire blue, these pro-level liners deliver instant color payoff. See for yourself with these four neon eyeliner tutorials.
Crazy sharp. Intensely pigmented. Water resistant. Longwear liquid liner. Must we say more? Hence the name, Urban Decay’s newest eyeliner launch features 20 razor-sharp shades that last all day and come in everything from lacquered creams to metallic shimmers. The fine-tip brush applicator allows for sharp, thick or bold lines that won’t budge or smudge. And not to mention, the highly metallized packing makes it easy to spot in your purse full of makeup.
When the precision of a calligraphy pen meets eyeliner, Maestro Liquid happens. The long-lasting, water based liquid eyeliner features a tapered pen tip for sharp lines, while the matte finish creates a sultry and dramatic look. We’ll ‘cart’ anything that can take us from SFW to NSFW in an instant.
ProTip: For subtle definition, use the tip of the liquid eyeliner to dot color onto the base of the lashes. For more dramatic impact, use the slanted side of the tip to create a wider line boldly extending beyond the eye.
Featuring a super-slender and firm tip, this liner is a cat-eye-creating dream. The pigmented felt tip glides across the eye with ease, creating the perfect line on your first go round. Oh, and the waterproof formula allows for long-lasting looks that will stay strong way past the end of your workday.
Get ready, Picasso. This eyeliner will bring out your creative side so you can have the coolest, most artsy eye makeup ever. In addition to the easy-glide applicator, this liner comes in six cool colors that range from electric blue and aqua to classic black and deep green. Your eyeliner game just got a major upgrade.
There’s a reason this won Allure Magazine’s Best In Beauty Award. The ultra-fin tip and rich color formula is waterproof and smudgeproof. So you can run through a waterfall rubbing your eyes, and your eyeliner will be in great shape!
It seems with any liquid eyeliner, the magic word that gives away a quality product is “skinny.” This is mainly because a super-slim tip allows more freedom and creativity with the liner. You can go as avant garde or elaborate as possible with products like this pick from The Body shop. Whether you use it to define those eyes or lengthen that lashline, rest assured you’re covered with this bad boy.
When it comes to our eyes, bigger is always better. They make us look more awake and totally lit up. But, since not all of us are blessed with larger-than-life eyes, we often have to fake it a bit. While we love the formula, it’s the applicator that’s the real selling points here.This liner allows for easy contouring of the eyes so you get a defined, precise effect.
That annoying skipping and pulling that can often happen with liquid liners will be a distant memory, thanks to this deep black liner. It allows you to create thin, fine lines or bold, thick graphic ones like the most seasoned of eyeliner pros. You’re welcome.
An eye primer, mascara and eyeliner in one? It’s like the makeup gods heard our prayers and finally answered with this three-in-one miracle. Yep, you heard right, this multi-tasking machine of a product features a peptide-infused lash primer and an ultra-conditioning mascara and liner in one magic wand. Simply press the wand against the roots of the lashes (a.k.a. lash line, a.k.a. root stamping). Then dip your wand again and swipe it through your lashes to apply the ultra-moisturizing formula. Do it one more time and see the marvelous eye-defining results for yourself.
About the Author:Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.