These Are the 5 Best Liquid Eyeliners, According to the Internet
Applying liquid eyeliner is hard enough, but especially so when you're working with a fussy, hard-to-handle formula. (That's especially true if you're creating a cat eye, which remains one of the hardest and most precious beauty feats that anyone can master.) We're referring to those lackluster formulas that leave much to be desired. You know the ones—they're either clumpy, sheer, or difficult to control, resulting in jagged shapes that require a cotton swab, makeup remover, time, and patience to fix. While we always have a few cotton swabs and a lot of makeup remover on hand, we don't always have a surplus of time and patience, which is why we stick to formulas that we know perform well. How are we so sure, though, that these eyeliners perform so well? Easy—the internet. Whether it's makeup blogs, social media, or customer reviews, we're convinced we've found the best liquid eyeliner formulas.
This Stila pick is a Byrdie-editor favourite. It's all thanks to the thin felt tip that's easy to control, depositing just the right amount of fluid black ink—never too much and never too little. Because of this, and its all-day staying power, it's been our go-to for creating the perfect cat eye for years. If you don't believe us, take it from real Mecca customers. There's a reason that it remains the beauty retailer's best-selling liquid liner.
Eyeko is a British beauty brand that makes some seriously stellar eye products. Even though it comes from a Brit brand, this eyeliner was developed in Japan and inspired by traditional calligraphy brushes. It's waterproof, fade-proof, and long-lasting. It even has peptides that encourage lash growth, which is kind of brilliant. "I generally don't wear makeup unless I'm going out for the night. I have oily eyelids, so most liners don't make it through the night without turning me into a raccoon. This one stayed in place despite my oily lids and sweat from a night of dancing. It produces a nice, thin, constant line of liner and the fine tip made it easy to apply between my lashes," writes one reviewer.
Here's another insanely well-loved eyeliner. It still ranks as one of Sephora's best-selling liquid liners (with 380,000 "loves" no less). It's opaque, fade-, melt-, and crack-proof, but what we love most about it is that it's 100% vegan and cruelty-free, just like all other Kat Von D products. Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with the makeup entrepreneur, all about her commitment to ethical beauty.
As far as drugstore liner goes, this Revlon one ranks somewhere near the top, seeing as it's one of the top-rated liners at Priceline. Since it's from the brand's ColorStay line, it boasts 16-hour staying power, though for us it was more like eight-hour staying power (still impressive). "I much prefer the shorter-tubed liquid eyeliners so I can get very close to my magnifying mirror. The liner stays on all day. I've repurchased this five times. I remove with cotton pads and micellar water," writes one reviewer.
This is one of Priceline's best-selling liquid liners, regardless of brand or price. The ultra-fine brush deposits a thin line of stark matte ink, making it perfect for classic cat eye flicks. As one reviewer writes, "I wasn't sure I needed to try anymore kinds of eyeliner but for a wing this is a must! The brush is super skinny and easy to control. It's easy to get a perfect line."