Because they're an absolute essential for a cat eye or smokey shadow look
Few beauty products hold cult status in the same way as the best eyeliners.
From Brigitte Bardot to Audrey Hepburn, just about every beauty muse from recent history wore eyeliner as part of their signature look.
It’s a make-up bag staple all over the world and, combined with the best eyeshadow palettes, is essential in creating red carpet-worthy eye make-up looks.
Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best liquid, pencil, gel and pen choices below.
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer, £3.99, Fabled
Considering this eyeliner is just four quid, it’s a total steal for how good it is. The colour is a true, inky black and it doesn’t budge easily, and the smudge end is great for an on the go smokey eye. For a twist on your regular jet black, try starlit, speckled with tiny flecks of glitter for an even more eye-catching look.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Smokey Pencil, £17, Amazon
The super soft, powder formula and built-in smudger makes Elizabeth Arden’s pencils super easy to apply and blend out for the ultimate evening eye. Call it smokey eye in pencil form, if you will.
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, £19, Fabled
Described as ‘budge proof’, NARS’ Long Wear liner is exactly that. Each of the pencils is richly pigmented for a true colour pay off that lasts a whole working day or night out (none of this watery, transparent business). If you’re fed up of reapplying eyeliner to your waterline a few times a day, this one is for you.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, £14.50, Fabled
Smudge proof, sweat proof, heck, we’d go as far as to say that Stila’s waterproof liner is actually life proof, and without a doubt one of the best liquid eyeliner formulas ever made. Inky, dense black and with a super sharp felt tip,you’ll find no smudging or printing on to your upper lids here.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £19.50, Fabled
Fun fact: Bobbi Brown first decided to create a gel liner when she had none to hand ahead of a photo shoot; instead, she applied waterproof mascara using a cotton bud without the fuzzy head. It did not budge one bit, and so the idea for Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner was born. Today it’s still one of the brand’s best sellers with a velvety finish, and is available in all sorts of shades as well as classic black.
Want to shop even more of the best eyeliners? We’ve charted five more hero buys below.
Happy smokey eye-ing.
The tip is super precise, making it ideal for tightlining or drawing against the lash line.
A beauty junkie can never have too many kohl pencils, and Bourjois make some of the best drugstore eyeliners a person can hope to get their hands on. This one does well not to smudge from the waterline and it’s only a fiver to boot.
Silky smooth and Available in blacks, greys, browns and bold bright shades, you’ve got your pick of the bunch when it comes to colour. If brown eyeliners are your go-to, opt for Brownie or (Brown)out to make your eyes pop.
Few make-up lines are as iconic as Double Wear, and the liner is a waterproof wearer’s dream; choose from black, greige and purple shades to accentuate your peepers.
Probably one of the best budge-proof liners on the market, this gel formula won’t slide from even the oiliest of lids.