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Top 15 Liquid Eyeliners That Make Your Eyes Pop!

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Top 15 Liquid Eyeliners That Make Your Eyes Pop! June 1, 2018

If you’re an eyeliner enthusiast, you know how important it is to keep your makeup bag stocked with the perfect liquid eyeliner formula. When you’re shopping for eyeliner, it’s not only essential to consider your skin type (meaning – softer skin with fine lines, or normal skin) but it’s also necessary to invest in a high-quality formula that glides on with ease and won’t bleed, run or fade through the day. To make your job easier, we’ve rounded up the best liquid eyeliners for those Insta-worthy wings!

The 15 Best Liquid Eyeliners For That Perfect Flick

  1. MAC Liquidlast Liner
  2. Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner
  3. Christian Dior Art Pen
  4. Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner
  5. Illamasqua Precision Ink
  6. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
  7. L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim
  8. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen
  9. Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner
  10. Burberry Effortless Liquid Eyeliner
  11. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Liquid Eyeliner
  12. Kiko Milano Super Colour Eyeliner
  13. The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner
  14. Kat Von D ‘Tattoo Liner’ Liquid Eyeliner
  15. Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Liquid Eyeliner

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1. MAC Liquidlast Liner

Pros
  • Waterproof
  • Smudge-proof
  • Does not irritate the eyes
  • Extremely pigmented
Cons
  • Slightly difficult to remove
Review

If you’re looking for long-lasting liquid eyeliner that applies with perfect precision, the MAC Liquidlast Liner is going to be your new favorite! This one’s available in a wide range of classic and trendy shades. The packaging is quite basic, but its applicator brush is amazing – you just need one stroke to get a thick line. It also lasts you for a very long time. We love its texture and the way it feels after application. Also, it dries within a few seconds and stays on all day long! This one’s truly a must-try!

Rating: 5/5

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2. Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner

Pros
  • Easy to apply
  • Long wearing
  • Good for sensitive skin and eyes
  • Extremely pigmented
Cons
  • Its applicator is a little hard
Review

If you have hooded eyes, this liquid eyeliner from Rimmel will do you good! Hats off to its formula for it never cracks, even after long hours of wearing. It dries fast and allows you to apply more coats if you need – however, one coat does the trick well! Its applicator tip allows you to angle your flick or wing in many styles and directions. Also, one bottle will last you for a long time. You can cry or laugh-cry and this won’t budge! Also, for its price, this one makes for an exceptionally good drugstore liquid eyeliner.

Rating: 5/5

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3. Christian Dior Art Pen

Pros
  • Good packaging
  • User-friendly applicator
  • Long wearing
  • Does not flake
Cons
  • Price may be a concern for some
Review

This liquid eyeliner pen is considerably easy to apply. Its formula is of perfect consistency and it glides on like a dream! If you want to achieve a nice, crisp line – this will do the trick instantly. Its felt tip is what makes it convenient to use, even for those of you who have a hard time keeping your hands still while applying your eyeliner. Also, did we mention how intensely pigmented this is? Try it to believe it!

Rating: 4.9/5

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4. Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner

Pros
  • Water-resistant formula
  • Long-lasting wear
  • Does not smudge
  • Fuss-free removal
Cons
  • Will burn if you get it in your eyes (not ideal for tightlining)
Review

This liquid eyeliner from Urban Decay is available in a wide range of colors to choose from – from black to brown and golden to silver – it is indeed a phenomenal shade range. We love that this formula lasts all day without fading or flaking. Once it sets, it won’t budge. The colors are all very pigmented, and even its packaging is unique. The only quibble we faced with this liner is that it may get in between your lashes and cause them to clump due to its brush-like applicator. However, if you avoid that, this is one brilliant product from UD (also the brand is cruelty-free!)

Rating: 4.9/5

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5. Illamasqua Precision Ink

Pros
  • Sleek packaging
  • Intensely pigmented
  • Smooth texture
  • Waterproof
Cons
  • Not easily available everywhere
Review

Looking for a liquid eyeliner with an incredible color payoff? This one by Illamasqua is what you need to try. It’s available in shades like black, gold, olive, and a gorgeous aubergine. Its precision tip applicator makes it easy to use, and once it dries up, it stays put all day long. Even if you have oily eyelids, you don’t have to worry about this smearing down your face as it holds up to its waterproof claims damn well. It is a little difficult to remove with normal makeup remover, so make sure you use an oil-based remover and you’re all set!

Rating: 4.8/5

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6. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Pros
  • Extremely pigmented
  • Smudge proof
  • Precise, thin brush
  • Long wearing
Cons
  • Not 100% waterproof as its claims suggest
Review

The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is great for those hot and humid summer days. It comes in a whole bunch of shades with an applicator brush that is to die for! It dries within a few seconds of applications and easily stays on for about 8-10 hours. You can use it to create subtle eyeliner looks or even a stunning winged look. Also, this has a nice glossy effect if you’re into that finish!

Rating: 4.8/5

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7. L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim

Pros
  • Easy to work with
  • Long wearing
  • Color coded packaging
  • Great applicator
Cons
  • Smudges a little at the corners if your eyes are too watery
Review

This eyeliner comes in a handy, pen packaging with a really nice grip. Its tip is super thin and soft, while its formula is smooth and glides onto the lid with ease. With a staying power of about 7-8 hours, this liquid eyeliner pen is a great drugstore product and is a complete value for money. It’s water-resistant and stays put even on hot, humid days. It looks glossy after application, but once it dries, it settles into a semi-matte finish.

Rating: 4.7/5

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8. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

Pros
  • Very pigmented
  • Dual-ended eyeliner
  • Paraben-free
  • Long-staying
Cons
  • Its price may be a concern for some
Review

Feeling extravagant? This one from Tom Ford is one of the most expensive liquid eyeliners out there! The formula is great and it applies flawlessly without having to apply much pressure. You don’t need to tug or pull as this won’t leave any gaps and one coat leaves you with a seamless, glossy finish. Once it sets, it won’t budge for hours together, 10 or more hours to be precise (even if you’re one with oily eyelids.) It’s dual-ended – one end has a fine calligraphy tip end and the other helps you achieve a thicker line.

Rating: 4.7/5

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9. Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner

Pros
  • Amazing packaging
  • Long lasting
  • Deepest color payoff
  • Water-resistant
Cons
  • Does not stand up to its waterproof claims
Review

This eyeliner from Hourglass looks like a fine-tipped sharpie marker. You need a steady hand to apply this or it’s easy for things to get messy. If you have sensitive eyes, this is great as it does not cause any kind of irritation to your skin or eyes. It’s also available in different colors including black, brown, and blue. It’s definitely worth trying if you’re willing to splurge an extra bit on eyeliner!

Rating: 4.6/5

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10. Burberry Effortless Liquid Eyeliner

Pros
  • Long-lasting
  • Glides on effortlessly
  • Paraben-free
  • Super pigmented
Cons
  • Price is on the higher side
Review

If you’re looking for a high-quality liquid eyeliner, this one from Burberry is a true classic. It goes on like velvet and lasts all day long. It has an incredible grip and it helps you achieve a myriad of looks without putting in too much effort. Its formula is smooth and does not smudge all over the lid, even after 7-8 hours. Also, the applicator helps you achieve crisp and precise lines. This one’s a significant hit among high-end eyeliners!

Rating: 4.6/5

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11. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Liquid Eyeliner

Pros
  • Intense color
  • Water-resistant
  • Fast-drying
  • Long wearing
Cons
  • Price is on the higher side
Review

This liquid eyeliner from Bobbi Brown is formulated with a blend of iridescent pearls. It helps deliver a multi-dimensional, high-shimmer line! This comes in a bunch of gorgeous shades like Violet Sparkle, Baltic Blue Sparkle, and others. Carbon Black is extremely pigmented – the applicator brush is easy to use and it helps you achieve a crisp and even line without much of a hassle. If you have sensitive eyes, this one is a great option for you.

Rating: 4.5/5

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12. Kiko Milano Super Colour Eyeliner

Pros
  • Creamy texture
  • Smudge proof
  • Very pigmented
  • Elongated applicator for an easy hold
Cons
  • Does not stand up to its waterproof claims
Review

If you’re looking for colored liquid eyeliner, there’s nothing better than Kiko Milano! For the price that you pay, this one’s a full value for money. It’s available in a range of trendy shades from black to an electric blue. We love its formula and how easy it is to apply because of its applicator’s long handle and fine tip. This is water-resistant and will need an eye makeup remover to take off completely. Highly recommended!

Rating: 4.5/5

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13. The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner

Pros
  • Sleek packaging
  • Felt-tip liner
  • Intense color
  • Long wearing
Cons
  • Limited shades
Review

If you’re a contact lens wearer or have sensitive eyes, this is the eyeliner that you need to try! It comes in a sleek long cone-like packaging and has a very luxurious feel to it. It is of moderately thick consistency, making it quite easy to apply. The formula easily stays on for about 8-10 hours without fading or smudging. You do need an oil-based makeup remover to completely take the product off. If you want something that just won’t budge – try this!

Rating: 4.4/5

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14. Kat Von D ‘Tattoo Liner’ Liquid Eyeliner

Pros
  • Creates crisp, bold lines
  • Super pigmented
  • Easy to apply
Cons
  • The product in the pen dries out rather quickly
Review

If you liked doing wings, cat eyes, and other looks with a certain amount of drama – this liquid eyeliner from Kat Von D is something you ought to try, owing to its user-friendly packaging and fine tip. It’s great for beginners! The only concern we have is that the product in the pen manages to dry out quickly, but if you work your way around that, this eyeliner pen is a must-try!

Rating: 4.4/5

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15. Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Liquid Eyeliner

Pros
  • Does not smudge
  • Easy to use
  • Intense color
Cons
  • Its price may be a concern for some
Review

If you’re looking for a durable liquid eyeliner, this one by Estee Lauder won’t have you constantly pulling out your mirror to check on your liner. Its applicator allows for easy application and it also comes off with your regular makeup remover. You can achieve a thick or thin line as per your wish – and this will help you get it just right. Although its price is on the higher side, the quality of this liquid liner is something else – it has got a very luxurious feel to it!

Rating: 4.3/5

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Tips: How To Choose And Apply Your Liquid Eyeliner

Now that you know which liquid eyeliners to look out for, here are a bunch of tips to help you pick the right one and also make the best of it. It takes a bit of practice to master the liquid eyeliner – so beginners, start out with a pencil eyeliner.

  • It’s important to pick a water-resistant formula no matter what because you don’t want it running down your face on a hot, humid day.
  • When you’re testing out eyeliners, make sure you draw a line at the back of your hand to see if it goes on smoothly, without feathering. This helps you understand how the product will apply to your eyes.
  • Contact lens wearers – always pick a formula that’s waterproof!
  • When choosing your color, be mindful of where you’re going to be wearing the product. For instance, neutrals like black or brown are great for daily wear, while bold colors like teal and cobalt, and formulas with shimmer make for great weekend options.
  • As you apply your liquid eyeliner, rest your elbow on a table in front of your mirror to keep your arm and hand steady.
  • If you’re new to liquid eyeliner, try lining your eye with a pencil liner first then go over it with your liquid liner for a seamless finish.
  • If you’re doing full eye makeup, always apply your eyeshadow first. This creates a dry base for your liquid eyeliner to adhere to.

Ladies – may the wings of your eyeliner always be even! A lot of us are guilty of spending way too much time applying and reapplying our eyeliner to get it just right. YES! Liquid Eyeliner can be seriously tricky to apply, but once you get the hang of it, it could be a breeze. There’s also something called an ‘eyeliner stencil’ that you can now buy to help you create your favorite eyeliner looks effortlessly. That was our roundup of the 15 best liquid eyeliners to look out for. Do you have a favorite one? Let us know which one is your go-to liquid liner in the comments section below.

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