If your hand shakes at the mention of a precise wing, prepare to go from amateur to professional with Maybelline New York‘s blacker-than-black Hyper Easy Liquid Pen — this is designed with an easy-grip, hexagonal construction that makes freehand seem like a breeze. Paired with a flexible felt tip that follows your lead, drawing a cat-eye will no longer require 10 gallons of micellar water to erase mistakes and smudges. Also worth mentioning: it snagged a Best of Beauty Award in 2020.
Rimmel London Exaggerate Felt Tip Eyeliner
CoverGirl Exhibitionist Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner
Rimmel London‘s Exaggerate Felt Tip Eyeliner comes equipped with two moving parts: a deep base to store the inky liquid formula and a removable fine-tipped pen, the latter of which uses an ergonomic design for a controlled and comfortable grip that makes application a breeze. If you hate feeling like your eyeliner handle will snap in half with the slightest bit of pressure, add this to your eye makeup routine, pronto.
Consider CoverGirl‘s Exhibitionist Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner a “steal” for its $9 price tag — so much so that it won an Allure Best of Beauty 2022 Steals award. The flexi-tip brush makes defining your wing a breeze while the waterproof formula (infused with soothing aloe vera and Pro-Vitamin B5) delivers intense black pigment sans smudges and flakes. Your lids are essentially a blank canvas with this liquid liner acting as the only paint brush you’ll need.
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Nyx Professional Makeup Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
Wet n Wild Mega Last Breakup-Proof Waterproof Eyeliner
If you want to experiment with bold looks without sacrificing a ton of cash, give Nyx Professional Makeup‘s Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil a whirl. Available in 13 hues ranging from aqua green to deep purple and priced at under $7 apiece, this smudge-proof eyeliner delivers intense pigment while a twist-up design ensures the pencil remains sharp.
We love a classic black liner any day of the week, but sometimes we want to punch up our eye look with some color. That’s where Urban Decay’s tried-and-true 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil comes in. Aside from its pitch-black shade, Perversion, there are tons of funky mattes and magical shimmer shades (like Vice, described as a “red eggplant” shade, shown above) to play around with — literally.
Wet n Wild‘s Mega Last Breakup-Proof Waterproof Eyeliner is smudge-resistant, has a rich satin-gel finish, and remains put for up to 16 hours. Coupled with an unbeatable $3 price tag, this drugstore find is destined to become a staple in your beauty bag.
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil
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Revlon‘s ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil gives new meaning to the phrase “jack-of-all-trades.” Not only does this include an intense black eyeliner that boasts a waterproof and smudge-proof formula, but this compact pencil also houses a built-in sharpener to keep lines precise and a sponge tip to smudge out the liner for smokey looks. Not only has this creamy pick won numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, but makeup artist Cara Lovello has recommended this long-wearing formula in the past and has given the brown shade a special shoutout, as she thinks it creates “the perfect natural ‘kitten’ look.”