Liquid eyeliner is our absolute favorite when it comes to creating high-defining eye makeup looks. From a timeless feline flick to a graphic effect, fluid formulas work to achieve the best results. Liquid also tend to last a lot longer than other types of liner and have more pigment, but making the switch to the fluid can be intimidating. Trust us, the eye-emphasizing liner is a beauty bag staple and practice makes perfect. But how to choose the right formula?
If you’re a first-timer, a pen-like version with a felt tip is the easiest way to get started. This is because the ink stays in that tip, so that dripping messiness is avoided. A pen is also easy to use since there is no well to dip it into or brush strokes to keep steady. Because the felt tip is generally straightforward, however, creating a thin line favors a brush tip, which we would say takes a steady hand and intermediate to advanced skills. Either way, these long-lasting formulas will generally withstand the hottest of summer days without flaking off or smudging into raccoon eye territory, and choosing a liquid liner is half the battle.
Whether you’re a total newbie or an eyeliner aficionado, there are many options to get the look you want. Here, eight of the best liquid eyeliners to give a try when you want to define eyes, create the perfect cat eye or want a pop of color.