Raise your hand if you’ve been using the same eyeliners for a while now. Maybe for a few months. A few years? Hey, we’re not saying you need to fix something that isn’t broken. But when it comes to makeup ruts, our eye routines are usually the first to fall in line.
Barely-there eye makeup is always in fashion. The Spring 2021 shows, however, had their fair share of lined lids. (The heavily accented eyes at Christian Dior spring to mind.) Which has us thinking about ditching our basic liner for something new.
From innovative application techniques to fresh new colors, from brushes to pencils, we’ve got the ultimate eyeliner roundup. Whether you’re looking to finally master the cat eye or want to show off those baby blues (browns, greens…) with a complementary hue, your next favorite eyeliners are listed below.
Diorshow 24H Stylo, $33 at Dior
Dior’s new waterproof eyeliner lets you draw precise strokes for maximum impact. It offers 24 hours of wear and comes with a built-in sharpener and smudge tip so you can master the perfect smoky eye. We love matte black, but feel free to pick up the other shades.
Eye Colour Magic Liner Duo, $30 at Charlotte Tilbury
Can’t decide between a matte or metallic eyeliner? Now you don’t have to. Leave it to Charlotte Tilbury to create colorful pairs to complement any eye color. Use the matte side to define your peepers while adding shape and depth. Flip it and use the metallic end to highlight your eyes.
Makeup by Mario
Master Pigment Pro Pencil Super Black, $22 at Makeup by Mario
Makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic’s makeup line is finally here and one of its highlights is this dual-ended eyeliner. You can apply the perfect line in a single swipe. Switch over to the brush when you want things smudged and smoky. Another plus? The sharpener has a removable cleaning stick that makes getting rid of excess shavings a breeze.
PRO Liquid Eyeliner, $22 at Lorac
The brand just revamped its fan-favorite liquid eyeliner. Its automatic delivery system ensures precise application each and every time. It’s also smudge-resistant, budge-resistant and water-resistant.
Stoned Vibes 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil, $22 at Urban Decay
These limited-edition vegan shades of the brand’s waterproof eyeliner pencil glide on easy and deliver lasting color. Enhanced by vitamin E, jojoba oil and cottonseed oil, they’re also super hydrating.
AM-PM Retractable Eyeliner, $4.95 at Ulta Beauty
If you’re looking for an eyeliner that really lasts at an amazingly low price, you’re in luck. The brand’s new pencils glide easily so you have total control.
Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner, $19 at Rare Beauty
Over 1,000 vegan bristles help you create long-lasting lines every single time. This waterproof liquid eyeliner supplies a rich matte black shade that won’t fade, feather or flake.
Casa Zeta-Jones Eye Contact Long-Lasting Pencil Eyeliner, $14.40 at WUNDER2
Subtle metallic eyeliners do exist. Thanks to Catherine Zeta-Jones. The actress teamed up with WUNDER2 to create these creamy pencils in two highly pigmented shades. And since they’re waterproof, they’ll really last.
Lump of Coal Liquid Eyeliner, $7 at Ulta Beauty
Here’s proof that an easy-to-use felt tip eyeliner doesn’t have to cost a bundle. You can create everything from cat eyes to negative space looks with this highly pigmented formula. The limited-edition holiday packaging makes it a great stocking stuffer.
Forever Wear Winged Liner, $10 at FLOWER Beauty
It’s all in the name. This new eyeliner’s long-wearing liquid formula goes on smooth so you can create all the wings or straight strokes you desire. And it won’t smudge, skip or feather.