The 16 Best Liquid Eyeliner for a Cat Eye, Oily Lids and Everything In-Between
Finding the right liquid liner is like finding the perfect pen: a small delight every time you use it. And no matter your eyeliner aesthetic (cat-eye or tightline, thick or thin, bright or classic black) there is an option for you. Scratch that. Here are 16 liquid eyeliners to start with.
1. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
A quick Google search will show that this classic pick from Stila is beloved by many. (In fact, as of writing, it has over 34,700 positive reviews and counting.) We attribute its fanfare to the fact that it always delivers the sharpest, cleanest lines, the inkiest, richest color and a longevity that can withstand our sweatiest moments—even in peak humidity. Plus, the marker tip is easy to maneuver for beginners and pros alike.
2. NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner
At just under 10 bucks, this inky NYX Professional Makeup liner is worth every penny—and then some. As one reviewer on Amazon sums up: “It basically fits all of the requirements I would want in my perfect eyeliner. It's affordable, extremely black, opaque, easy to use, waterproof, stays on for a long time, and the tip is quite thin so you can get wings as sharp as a sword.”
3. Kaja Wink Stamp Wing Eyeliner Stamp & Pen
Best for Cat-Eyes
If you’ve never quite mastered the cat eye, rest assured, you’re not alone. Thankfully, Kaja created a starter kit for our fellow novices that comes with a fine-tipped liquid liner and a double-sided stamp that imprints the perfect flick onto your left and right eyes respectively. (There’s also a handy illustrated guide that shows you exactly where to put what.) Getting crisp, symmetrical wings has never been easier, y’all.
4. Neutrogena Precision Liquid Eyeliner with Honey & Coconut
Best for Sensitive Eyes
Calling all eye rubbers: This gentle liner from Neutroegena is made for you, the watery-eyed folk. Made with honey and coconut and with a soft tip applicator, the hypoallergenic formula is comfortable going on and dries down quickly without leaving behind any flaky residue (aka the nemesis of itchy eyes). One reviewer called it “a great product for allergy sufferers,” while another said it’s a “lifesaver coming from a person who gets swollen eyes from other eyeliners.”
5. UZ by Flowfushi Eye Opening Liner
Best Color Selection
You know that flutter of excitement you used to get when you were a kid opening a new box of crayons? That’s exactly how we felt when we first laid eyes on these rainbow liners from Japan. Choose from 13 vibrant shades that range from tangerine orange to sky blue to baby pink and khaki. The colors pop against your skin and become more vibrant with each layer. On that note, the paint-like formula is made with flexible polymers that withstand sweat, humidity, tears and oil.
6. Ilia Clean Line Liquid Liner
We hesitate to say the Ilia Clean Line Liquid Liner is simply the “best natural” liquid eyeliner because ingredients aside, it’s just a darn good eyeliner. With a flexible felt tip and a satisfyingly formula that glides on easily and dries down quickly, the fact that it’s also crafted with charcoal powder instead of carbon black (which is commonly used to create black pigments in the beauty industry) is a nice bonus. As one convert puts it, “I've found this eyeliner to far exceed my beliefs of possibility with natural makeup. It lasts all day, can even last a couple accidental rubbing of eyes, and at the end of the day easily comes off. Cannot recommend enough.”
7. KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Eyeliner
Those with oily lids love this KVD liner’s highly pigmented and budge-proof formula that lasts “through tears, drunken nights and sweaty summer days.” The ultra-fine tip makes it easy to draw in thin lines or thicker wings by pressing down more firmly. Some parting advice from experience: Store the pen tip-side down and give it a good shake before use to get the smoothest flow.
8. Huda Beauty Life Liner Double Ended Eyeliner Liquid & Pencil
Why choose between liquid and pencil when you can have both? This double-ended pen from Huda Beauty features a marker tip on one side and a creamy gel pencil on the other. Wear them on their own or layer them together for more impact (and longevity).
9. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
Best Glittery Eyeliner
Whether you want a glimmer of gold or a slash of silver, this glitter liner from Urban Decay makes it easy to sweep some sparkle onto your lids. The fine flecks of glitter are suspended in a gel base so it doesn’t separate and dries down quickly without any fallout. As one fan shared on Sephora, “They're so easy to use and you can create something high impact or simply iridescent. They add an instant boom to any eyeshadow look!”
10. L’Oréal Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Best for Wobbly Hands
This clever liquid liner from L'Oréal helps you achieve a perfect flick every time thanks to the detachable stencil that comes with the cap. Simply slide the stencil off the cap and lay the cutout flat against the outer edge of your eye before filling it in to get your wing. Next, remove the stencil and use it to guide the rest of your line to complete the look before repeating on the other side. The brush tip is firm yet flexible so you get a clean line, and the rich black pigment dries to a satiny finish.
11. Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner
Best for Thick Lines
For an impactful line (a la Ms. Winehouse, may she rest in peace), this chunky tipped pen from Eyeko lays down a thick layer of jet-black pigment more efficiently and effectively than most. Adjust the width of your line by using the side of the brush for maximum impact and the pointed tip for finer details. Formulated with algae extract, it conditions the delicate skin around your peepers and makes the color glide on smoother.
12. Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner
Best for Precision
Speaking of finer details, if your approach to eyeliner is more subtle and sleek, the classic Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner delivers. With a felt-tipped applicator that reminds us of a calligraphy pen, it bends to fit the curve of your eyes, so you get a precise application every time. Plus, it stays put without smearing thanks to a double film-forming set of polymers in the formula. As one longtime user shared, “I have used this eyeliner for the past 15 years. I use it every single day. I have tried SO MANY different eyeliners but I keep on coming back to this one because it is so good.”
13. Velour Lashes Lash & Go
Best for Wearing with Lashes
Raise your hand if you find lash glue to be sticky, messy and annoying to use. That’s exactly what Velour Beauty sought to troubleshoot with this genius liquid eyeliner that doubles as a non-sticky, easy-to-use lash adhesive. To use it for applying false lashes, simply draw on your liner and pop on each lash strip while the liner is still wet; to wear it as a liner, just draw on and let it dry down.
14. Pinkiou 2 in 1 Double-headed Liquid Eyeliner Pen
If you’re looking to infuse some whimsy into your daily makeup (or are starting to plot easy Halloween looks you can do this year), this double-headed eyeliner pen from Pinkiou is up for the task. One end features an eyeliner; the other is a stamp that comes in heart, star, crescent moon or flower designs that you can press onto your skin. The inky formula goes on easily and comes off easily, and as one initially skeptical reviewer shared, “I did not expect these eyeliner pens to be super great quality. I was only buying them for the cute stamps to add a fun flair to my eye makeup. But holy cow, these pens are now my favorite eyeliners I own!”
15. Maybelline Hyper Easy Liquid Pen No-Skip Eyeliner
No-skip eyeliner is right. Between the hexagon shaped barrel, which ensures a firm grip and the flexible brush tip, you’ll get a steady line every time your use the Maybelline Hyper Easy Liquid Pen No-Skip Eyeliner. The smooth, satiny formula glides on easily and doesn’t seep into fine lines around the eyes or transfer onto your lids, making it a solid option for those with mature skin or hooded eyes.
16. Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum
Who doesn’t love a good 2-in-1? This Physicians Formula eyeliner and eyelash serum give you a nice fluid line, while nourishing your lashes at the same time. As one reviewer reported, “I wasn’t expecting this at all. Originally, I have very, very, very sparse lower lashes, and this definitely increased the number of lower lashes.” One tip: If you prefer an inkier color payoff, go for the “ultra black” over “black,” which some people said reads more gray.