The 13 Best Eyeliners for Every Look and Budget
Finding the perfect eyeliner is the kind of undertaking that can take years of trial and error. There are hundreds of options in the beauty aisle and even more online, but how do you know which one is best without swiping it on? Not to mention the wad of cash spent experimenting with different formulas. In short, the search is exhausting. And that's why we're here to help. We've tried, tested, and swiped on countless eyeliners and have landed on 13 tried-and-true picks that we are sure will exceed your expectations.
But before we dive into the products themselves, let's talk about what makes a good eyeliner. For starters, it needs a rich pigment. No one has time to stand in the mirror swiping on layer after layer of eyeliner — all that ends with is red, watery eyes and an exhausted arm. Next, the application needs to glide on with ease. You don't want a liner that involves tugging on your skin or skipping along the lash line. And finally, you need a formula that stays put all day long. There's nothing cute about sporting raccoon eyes come lunchtime.
As for the formula, the choice is up to you. There's pencil, gel, liquid, and marker options. If you're an eyeliner newbie, we recommend sticking with a pencil or marker applicator, which are more foolproof. But those with experience or a love for a dramatic cat-eye can grab a liquid of gel formula for optimal results.
Here are the 13 best eyeliners for every look and budget
- Best Rated: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
- Best Affordable: Maybelline Curvitude Liner
- Best Splurge: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Designer Eyeliner
- Best Non-Toxic: Ilia Clean Line Gel Eyeliner
- Best Pencil: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
- Best Liquid: Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen
- Best Gel: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
- Best Waterproof: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
- Best Color: NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner
- Best White: KVD Vegan Beauty Cake Pencil Eyeliner in White Out
- Best Glitter: Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
- Best for Cat Eyes: Lancôme GRANDIÔSE Bendable Liquid Eyeliner
- Best for Waterline: Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Eye Cheat