The Best Liquid Eyeliners of All Time
Look into a beauty guru’s makeup bag and you’ll find a dozen eyeliners. From pencils and gels to liquid formulas and markers, there’s a new liner hitting the market every second — and we love it. Sure, they may all look the same to the untrained eye, but each liner serves a different purpose. Think: a felt tip for ultra-thin application, a marker for intense cat eyes, a tapered pen for sharp wings and colored liner for when you’re feeling bold.
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 eyeliner products to help you get the job done, below. But first, let’s review some liquid eyeliner dos and don’ts.
Do your eyeshadow first. “That way, if there are any mess-ups, you can simply use the edge of a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover and remove anything you don't want,” says celebrity 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, look 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.”
This highly pigmented liner gives precision a whole new meaning thanks to its powerful, ultra-fine tip. The product glides out of this baby so smoothly that it’ll take you no more than one try to get the perfect swipe.
If you’re looking to create a cool, graphic wing, look no further than the Couture Liquid Eyeliner by YSL. It comes in nine stunning shades that complement every single skin tone and really do brighten the look of your eyes.
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 try. Better yet, the waterproof formula allows for long-lasting looks that will stay strong way past the end of your workday.
At first glance, it’s clear that this eyeliner is different. Itfeatures 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.
When the precision of a calligraphy pen meets eyeliner, Armani Eyes to Kill Liquid Eyeliner happens. The long-lasting, water based liquid eyeliner features a tapered pen tip for sharp lines, while the matte finish creates a dramatic and sultry look.
When you’ve had enough of black liner or just want to mix things up, try the Vivid Brights line. This eyeliner comes in nine shades — from a violet to turquoise and tangerine to sapphire blue. They deliver instant color and payoff and will look stunning in any way you apply them.