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        Best Gel Eyeliner 2016

        Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner

        Best Gel Eyeliner 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner

        Once this ink sets, there’s no going back. “It stays forever,” says Andre Sarmiento, who dips into this pot to add “structure and definition all around eyes.” If that sounds a little intimidating, know that while this gel has the lasting effect of a liquid liner, makeup artists also find its creamy consistency a relative cinch to work with. “It goes on seamlessly across the lid but isn’t super-wet, so it doesn’t move all over the place,” says Johny Saade.

        $26
        Best Liquid Eyeliner 2016

        Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

        Best Liquid Eyeliner 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

        If your regular routine typically includes a cat eye, this is the liquid liner to grab, says L.A. makeup artist Allan Avendaño, who uses it “all the time” on Sarah Hyland. Along with its intense jet-black shade, the magic is in the brush tip. The ultra-precise point won’t fray and, Avendaño notes, is essential to color over a strip of false lashes. Just dot it between hairs for the look of crazy lush fringe.

        $19
        Best Eyeliner Pencil 2016

        Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil

        Best Eyeliner Pencil 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil

        Maybe it’s a lot to ask for an eyeliner pencil to glide on softly without a trace of drag, then dry down to a perma-line that a river of tears can’t wash away. But this stick delivers. “You can wear it to the beach or on your wedding day. You can even use it in the waterline and it won’t move,” says Daniel Chinchilla.

        $22
        Best Liquid Eyeliner 2015

        Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er

        Best Liquid Eyeliner 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er

        The impossibly fine tip “feels like a calligraphy pen,” says Kathy Jeung, who loves the eyeliner’s sharp, shiny finish. The inky pigment delivers type-A accuracy—no skips, jumps, or fading.

        $30
        Best Eyeliner Pencil 2015

        Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes

        Best Eyeliner Pencil 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes

        Precise enough to draw a defined line but creamy enough to blend, this pencil is loved by makeup artists for the intensity of its pigment and how “it seriously never budges,” says L.A. makeup artist Carola Gonzalez. 

        $19

        Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner

        WINNER 2015

        Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner

        $20
        Editor’s Pick

        Smashbox Always Sharp Kohl Eyeliner

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2014

        Smashbox Always Sharp Kohl Eyeliner

        With a creamy formula and a hidden sharpener in the cap, the waterproof kohl delivers a precise line that’s more Taylor Swift than Taylor Momsen.
         

        $20
        Best 2014 Eyeliner Pencil

        MAC Eye Kohl

        Best 2014 Eyeliner Pencil
        WINNER 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

        MAC Eye Kohl

        The hallmark of a smoky eye is blurred lines, not greasy creases. This standout "has just enough creaminess to grab and hold shadow" without risking an inner-rim oil slick, says Barnett.

        $16
        Best 2014 Liquid Eyeliner

        YSL Liquid Eyeliner

        Best 2014 Liquid Eyeliner
        WINNER 2014

        YSL Liquid Eyeliner

        The ever-elusive cat eye has finally been tamed. "The sturdy handle and skinny brush make it easy to create perfectly thin lines." says bicoastal makeup artist Pati Dubroff. If your first stroke falls short, try, try again. "It won’t flake or break apart when another coat is added on."

        $34
        Best 2014 Editors' Pick

        Smashbox Always Sharp Kohl Eyeliners

        Best 2014 Editors' Pick
        WINNER 2014

        Smashbox Always Sharp Kohl Eyeliners

        With a creamy formula and a hidden sharpener in the cap, the waterproof kohl delivers a precise line that's more Taylor Swift than Taylor Momsen.

        $20

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        Best 2010 Liquid Eyeliner

        MAC Fluidliner

        Best 2010 Liquid Eyeliner
        WINNER 2010

        MAC Fluidliner

        Ideal for both liquid-liner experts and amateurs, this long-wearing wonder goes on easily, won't smear, and can create subtle lines and bold swoops alike. "You can just darken the base of the lashes for definition or build it up for a thicker, more dramatic line," says L.A. makeup pro Robin Siegel.

        $15
        Best 2007 Long-Lasting Liner

        Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner

        Best 2007 Long-Lasting Liner
        WINNER 2007, 2006

        Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner

        The texture of this waterproof liner makes it more forgiving than liquid liner. You don't need a perfectly steady hand while applying, says Tasha Brown, who has used it on Audrey Tautou. "Once it's on, it's on," adds L.A. pro Michael Moore. Plus it comes in 13 shades, from black to glinty violet.

        $21
        Best 2005 Liquid Eyeliner

        MAC Liquid Eyeliner

        Best 2005 Liquid Eyeliner
        WINNER 2005

        MAC Liquid Eyeliner

        Get smoldering eyes from this little compact. The creamy eyeliner can be applied wet for a precise line or dry for a smudged effect. "Application [with a brush] is a breeze, and the payoff is great," says L.A. makeup artist Bethany Karlyn.

        $17
        Best 2005 Pencil Eyeliner

        Sue Devitt

        Best 2005 Pencil Eyeliner
        WINNER 2005

        Sue Devitt

        "Creamy and dreamy," says makeup artist Carmindy of this chunky pencil. With its velvety texture, it glides on smoothly without tugging or pulling, and the foam point on the opposite end can be used to smudge a line for a smoky, sexy look. The color (there are 10 shades) stays put and doesn't turn to dust and darken the undereye area.

        $22
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