The best eyeliners money can buy in pencil, liquid and gel form

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  • These bad boys are an absolute essential for a cat eye or smokey eye

    Few beauty products hold cult status in the same way as the best eyeliner. From Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn, to Amy Winehouse and Alexa Chung 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 mascara and best eyeshadow palettes, is essential in creating red carpet-worthy eye make-up looks.

    Sometimes it’s pretty tricky to nail, which is why tutorials like the below from Lisa Eldridge are so good to use when applying the best eyeliner.


    Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best liquid, pencil, gel and pen choices below.

    Best drugstore eyeliner

    Bourjois Couture Waterproof Clubbing Eyeliner, £3.74 Fabled

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    Considering this eyeliner comes in under four quid, it’s a total steal for how good it is. The colour is a true, inky black stays put. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to go clubbing to wear it.)

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    Best eyeliner pencil

    Chanel Le Crayon Khôl, £20 Harrods


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    We know it’s quite boujie to take a Chanel khôl liner out of your makeup bag, but it is such a brilliantly simple but effective product. The colour payoff is excellent, it smudges enough to create a cooler-than-cool smokey eye, but not enough that it’ll end up down your cheeks by lunch. Worth it. It totally deserves a plane on this best eyeliner list.

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    Best waterproof eyeliner

    NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, £18 Fabled

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    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.

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    Best eyeliner pen

    Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, £16 Fabled

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    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.

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    Best gel eyeliner

    Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £17.55 Fabled

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    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 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.

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    Happy smokey eye-ing.

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