The Best Eyeliners According to Makeup Artists

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I've made no secret of my love of all things eyeliner. While I've shared my favorite eyeliners over and over, I thought it was time to see what other people thought! I asked a few professional makeup artists for their faves, here are their picks!


The Best Eyeliners According to Makeup Artists


"One of my favorites is Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner (1) in black. It stays put all day with I smudging!"
- Katie Dahlstrom

"Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil (2) for smokey and long wearing."
- Katie Dahlstrom

"Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (3) in black is my absolute favorite. It can be worn for a smoky look or a precise line, just depending on how you apply it."
- Meghana Prasad

"For a liquid liner, I love Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner (4). The felt tip makes it super easy to apply and it will not budge until you take it off."
- Meghana Prasad

"My favorite liner of all time is Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (4), and it is exactly like using a pen which you probably do every single day."
- Meg Raiano

"For a graphic look or classic cat eye I prefer to use a liquid liner as the fine tip applicator allows for precise application. I love ZuZu Luxe Liquid Liners (5) as they are long lasting and water resistant."
- Gabriel DeSantino is the founder of Gabriel Cosmetics

"The Curve Liner by NYX (6) is available in drugstores. It looks strange, but the shape actually makes it easier to apply on yourself."
- Sarah Salice

"Affordable and long lasting is Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner (7). I just love their waterproof liners and eye crayons!!"
- Regina Ventimiglia

"My three favorites are Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner (7, review), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liners (8), and NYX Slide On Liners (9, review), which are dupes for the Urban Decay Liners."
- Sheila, blogs at The Painted Ladies, and she is available as a makeup artist

"I also love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil (8). This has staying power. Once you draw your line, though, you have a short window of time to blend because this will set quickly and stay put."
- Liz Fuller

"I love Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense (10). It is super blendable and with the sponge tipped blender on the other end it is really easy to blend."
- Liz Fuller

"When I have a client who is attending an important event or if I have a bride, I usually use a gel liner. Make sure to apply it as close to the upper lashes as possible. It's long-wearing and very precise. It's a great option when doing a cat-eye as well. This is not really blendable. I like Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Gel Eyeliner (11)."
- Liz Fuller

"I love using white eyeliner along the waterline to open eyes, metallic pencils like ZuZu Luxe 24 Karat (12) can be applied to the inner corner of your eyes to add instant luminosity, apply to your waterline to create the illusion of bigger eyes or use under the arch of your brow for instant highlighting effect."
- Gabriel DeSantino is the founder of Gabriel Cosmetics

"Stila makes a great gel eye liner (Stila Smudge Pot, 13), with the right precision brush, close-up mirror & steady hand, you can make a great line."
- Sarah Salice

"My favorite long wearing eye liner pencil is Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil (14). You can smoke it out or wear it more defined. It goes on creamy and really stays put."
- Karol Young Moses, blogs at Add Lip Gloss and Stir



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10 comments

Chic Readings said...

So many eyeliners to try out:)

How Does Dee DoIt said...

SO many eyeliners...so little time:( I actually love my Annabelle precision ink liner the most of all my liners I think ( and I have a LOT!). Gel eyeliners just arent as convenient.. .although they have their place:)

The Grass Skirt Blog said...

The Urban Decay pencils are my favorites. They glide on like butter!
The Grass Skirt

Dermology said...

TY for this wonderful list! I can't go outside without eye liner and a good eye make-up. No doubt these eye-liners are so good but Stila and Clinique are my favorites. I've smudge free experience with these liners.

Whitney said...

I really need to try the NYX curve liner — I can never get my flicks just right. My favorite eyeliners right now are the Pixi endless silky eye pens. They really are silky (and I think I like them better than Urban Decay).

Tracey said...

I really want to try that NYX curve liner, I haven't seen that before, it looks like a good way to apply more control and precision.

Mysty Nyckel said...

Great List!!!

Anonymous said...

I looooove KatVonD Tattoo liner, and I cannot believe it isn't on this list! I do agree with the products listed but I wish the Tattoo liner was listed. It is soo easy to use and has incredible staying power.

Anonymous said...

Bare Minerals has a nice liner. I really like their products.

Anonymous said...

KatVonD tattoo liner shoul'dve been on the list too! It's easy to put on and has staying power, good for events too!

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