The Top 10 Liquid Eyeliners

Liquid eyeliners give a beautiful dramatic look to any makeup style, making them great for all day wear. The best ones offer an easy to apply felt tip, plenty of saturated ink, and remain on smudge-free hours afterwards. We have chosen the top ten perfect for all occasions.

Editor’s Picks

Best Cat-Eye Eyeliner
Overall Rank: 5
Best Cat-Eye Eyeliner
Best Affordable Eyeliner
Overall Rank: 1
Best Affordable Eyeliner
Best Luxury Eyeliner
Overall Rank: 7
Best Luxury Eyeliner

10NYX Cosmetics The Curve Liner

NYX The Curve Eyeliner has a groundbreaking ergonomic curved body designed to make application easier. Some reviewers prefer this and some don’t, but the only way you’ll know is to try it! This innovative eyeliner is smudge proof, long lasting and retains its darkness. One reviewer explains that this eyeliner “makes the winged eye almost foolproof.”

9theBalm Schwing Liquid Eyeliner

The Balm Schwing Eyeliner has a thin and tapered felt tip and when it dries, it’s a super black matte color. Reviewers had no experience with smudges when they drew a thin line but with a thick line some reviewers had smudging on their upper lid. This line of beauty products is vegan-friendly which makes it perfect for the conscious consumer who loves to look great.

8NARS Eyeliner Stylo

The Nars Eyeliner Stylo is a liquid eyeliner pen that you can do both thick and thin lines. It comes in 6 different colors and is long wearing, one reviewer mentioned that the Koala color is more black than gray. It is buildable, easy to apply and doesn’t smudge. One reviewer who is not make-up savvy loves how easy it is to use and that it comes out perfect every time.

7Illamasqua Precision Ink Abyss

The Illamasqua Precision Ink Abyss is the most expensive liquid eyeliner on our list. It is an opaque black color with a gloss finish and stays on for the day. You need makeup remover to take this liner off and some reviewers noticed that upon removal pieces got stuck in their lashes, so make sure to scrub well.

6Smashbox Love Me Paint Pen Eye Liner

The Smashbox Love Me is a mid-priced, jet black, liquid eyeliner pen. It goes on clean, sleek and precise. This long-lasting eyeliner is ideal for cat eyes, dramatic eyeliner and allows for perfect thick or thin line. It dries quickly and doesn’t change color. This is not waterproof and does not feel heavy once applied to your eyes. Some reviewers noted a slight drag it had on their eye during application, but overall would still recommend it to a friend.

5Chantecaille Le Stylo Ultra Slim

The Chantecaille Le Stylo is a pricey high-end liquid eyeliner. It resembles a calligraphy brush that makes application a breeze. The liquid is bold, dark and “inky.” This brush is perfect for the iconic 60s cat-eye look. Reviewers love that it stays on all day but it is still easy to blend and correct if you make a mistake. Reviewers noted that it applies best over eye shadow and/or face makeup.

4Barry M – Wink Marker Pen Black Liquid Liner

The Barry M. Wink liquid eyeliner pen is eye catching in more than one way. The tip of this pen is the thickest one on our list; it looks like an actual marker. Barry M is a fan favorite at Boots, their product looks great, it is animal cruelty-free and it is affordable. This eyeliner is quick drying and smudge proof. This makeup company has been around for more than 30 years and is iconic in the United Kingdom. If you’ve never heard of this before you can trust it is a safe gamble that may become your new favorite makeup line.

3Lorac Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner

The Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner is waterproof and offered in 4 different colors. This unique tip is flexible and acts like a calligraphy pen. This is excellent for thin lines since its tip is a bristle brush instead of a felt tip. This type of tip makes it easy to add layers for bolder, thicker lines. The liquid formula is free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates and synthetic fragrances and dyes. Beginners, experts and everyone in between will love this eyeliner!

2Liquid 1 Sec. Quick Dry Waterproof Eyeliner

The Divina Daywear liquid eyeliner is quick drying and waterproof. Reviewers are impressed with how long this eye makeup lasts and the company promises that if applied on top of eye shadow or face make up it will stay on for more than 24 hours. If the brush dries up just add a drop of water and it is remoistened. It is paraben and animal cruelty free and there have been no reported allergies. This is for the divine woman who loves to look good but has more important things to do than worry about if her eyeliner is still on.

1Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

The Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner is waterproof and stays on all day AND all night. This liquid eyeliner is offered in 15 different colors with a felt tip. It has received awards from Total Beauty, Essence and Redbrook. This eyeliner is easy to use and wont skip, smudge or pull when applied. Reviewers back-up its all day stay having worn it in humidity, rain and even a pool- only make-up remover takes this Stila off.