6 Drugstore Eyeliners Makeup Artists Swear By (All Under $20)
Eyeliner is one of those products you can never really have enough of. One for your at-home makeup bag, one for your travel makeup bag, one for your car—why not? They take up little to no space, and in a pinch, the right eyeliner can take your look from day to night in an instant. Since it’s a product prone to multiples, we often like to purchase ours at the drugstore. Fun fact: Makeup artists do too. We polled nine of the industry’s most in-demand artists and they all came back with glowing reviews for supermarket liners.
Scroll through for their top picks all for less than $20.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner ($10)
“I love a good creamy formula when it comes to liner but don’t always love the longevity of them. This liner gives you both. Creamy, easy, smooth application along with a waterproof formula that lasts all day. They’re also highly pigmented and you can blend and smudge with ease!” — Desirae Cherman
Rimmel Magnif'eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner ($17)
“I love Magnif’eyes for its easy application and long-lasting, smudge-proof formula. It glides on smoothly and blends beautifully when it’s first applied, but won’t budge after it dries. The colours are saturated and vibrant. Each liner comes with two shades, one on each end, so you get two liners in one!” — Nicole Walmsley
“I love this shadow-and-liner combo because of its versatility and the amazing staying power! The shadow side is basically a thicker liner that I love to use for creating a soft, smoky look and finish with the liner side for extra drama. It feels great knowing that once a client walks out the door, her makeup will stay put and looks beautiful throughout the night!” — Kristee Liu
Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precision Ink Pen Eyeliner ($16)
“For the ultimate cat-eye, this is my go-to every time. It’s a super-rich black that has the most precise fine point for getting the shape exactly how you want. One trick I love to do if you are wanting a more natural look but still want a super defined lash line is to take the Ink Pen and dot in between your lashes to fill the spaces where skin shows.” — Desirae Cherman
Milani Liquid Eye Liquid Eyeliner Pencil ($15)
“Milani Liquid Eye Pencil is a staple in my makeup kit. This gel-based pencil covers all requirements that matter most to me when determining the quality and use of an eyeliner: application, pigment, and staying power. Its ultra-smooth application is easy on the delicate areas of the eyelids and makes it easy to blend if I choose to smudge it out. The pigment is so rich, I can create a smoky eye with it fast, or a bold, sexy cat-eyed look. Its staying power goes the distance like a champion. I absolutely love it.” — Roxy
L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Le Kajal Eye Pencil ($20)
“These are great for a smudgy rock-and-roll feeling or to layer under your shadow for an easy smoky eye. Draw directly on using as a pencil and smudge with your finger for a darker messier smoke or apply with a liner or cream shadow brush for a more subtle, precise look.” — Adam Breuchaud