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Best Eyeliner Pencil 2015

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes

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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
Best Liquid Eyeliner 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er

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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 Gel Eyeliner 2015

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear

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Best Gel Eyeliner 2015
WINNER 2015, 2013

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear

The potted formula starts with a glossy slip but within seconds dries to a reflective finish. “It glides right on and doesn’t move,” says Mai Quynh of the water-resistant formula.

$25
Best 2014 Editors' Pick

Smashbox Always Sharp Kohl Eyeliners

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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 2014 Liquid Eyeliner

YSL Liquid Eyeliner

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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 Eyeliner Pencil

MAC Eye Kohl

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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 2010 Liquid Eyeliner

MAC Fluidliner

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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

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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

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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

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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

Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner

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WINNER 2015

Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner

$20

Smashbox Always Sharp Kohl Eyeliner

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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
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