14 Best Eyeliners That Won’t Let You Down

The perfect black line is a simple makeup concept that enhances the eyes. Whether you want to recreate a dramatic cat eye, a subtle line or go full-on Fendi Spring 2017, eyeliner is one of those things that can be tricky to shop for. You may love liquid liner because it glides on easily, but if you want a smudged, smoky look, a pencil may be the way to go. Not sure which one to choose?

  • The easiest way to begin is by picking a color. Neutrals like brown or black eyeliner are great for everyday wear, while formulas with shimmer or bold colors like cobalt and teal are fun weekend options. If you’re still unsure of what to pick, go for classic black.
  • In addition to color, you’ll have to decide the type of “look” you are going for because each eyeliner will give you a different result. Are you into understated definition of the eyes or full-on look-at-me drama? First-timers or beginners should start with a pencil (and these days, gel-pencil hybrids are a favorite of ours) because it is the easiest to apply and also forgiving when it comes to mistakes. Liquid liners lend themselves to graphic lines and are ideal for a classic cat eye, while gel versions have incredible staying power and versatility.
  • Finally, there is the waterproof factor. If it’s humid and hot or you are a contact lens wearer, a water-resistant formula is the way to go.

Our favorite tip when choosing a best eyeliner is to draw a line on the back of your hand to see if it goes on smoothly, without feathering. By doing this, it will be a good indicator of how the product will apply to your eyes. Whichever way you decide to go in your quest for the best eyeliner, there are a plethora of great options available. From waterproof to liquid-like gel formulas, check out the best eyeliners of 2018 in the slideshow above.

14 Best Eyeliners That Won't Let You Down