Because they're an absolute essential for a cat eye or smokey eye
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.
Best drugstore eyeliners
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 and it does. not. budge. Don’t worry, you totally don’t have to go clubbing to wear it.
Best eyeliner pencil
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.
Best waterproof eyeliner
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.
Best eyeliner pen
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.
Best gel eyeliner
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.
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Happy smokey eye-ing.
The tip is super precise, making it ideal for tightlining or drawing against the lash line.
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.
Eyeko are the experts in eyes. Their eyeliners and mascaras are second to none. Their Eye Do pen eyeliner can apply thin or thick lines and last for ages. This tiny travel sized one is perfect for clutch bags on nights out.
If you are crap at eyeliner, eyeshadow or eye make-up in general then this will be your new best friend. The chunky pencil means that you can draw a thicker line simply, blend with your fingers and you're done. Smoky eye, just like that.
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.