I looooooove eyeliners. Remember my eyeliner drawer? (Yes, I have a whole drawer.)
So when we decided to showcase our favorite black eyeliners for Makeup Wars, I knew I’d have a huge list. I think I’ve tried most of the formulas that major brands (aka, brands you can buy at places like Walgreen’s, Meijer, Sephora and ULTA) have to offer. I haven’t tried as many department store brands, in large because I don’t really shop at those stores. (Something about the women in their tunics intimidates me.)
So, here are the brands and formulas of black eyeliners that I have in my drawer and have repurchased multiple times!
I like to use a stiff angled brush to apply these liners, and they’re usually pretty long lasting. I featured 3 products here, but there’s also a great version from Bobbi Brown (I haven’t bought it in a few years, so it was left out of the collage), and L’Oreal makes a good one that I just couldn’t find on-line.
3. MAC Fluidline: What would a post about black liners be without mentioning MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack? It’s the gold standard of gel liners, the one that most makeup artists and many of my friends swear by. I do think it’s pretty great, though I have smudging after about 10-12 hours. So, for me this is a night out liner, not great for a full day at work.
Liquid Felt Tip Pens
Putting liquid liner in a felt tip pen makes it much easier for me to deal with than a pot and brush! I’ve tried 30 or 40 different kinds of pens, but these are the 3 (!) that make the cut. I want the felt tip to be longer and very pointed, and a little bit flexible. I need the tip to have very pigmented liquid that applies easily from the pen, none of those mostly dry pen tips for me! I should note that I’ve heard great things about NYX’s The Curve liner as well, but I just bought it and haven’t tried it out yet.
11. Smashbox ‘Always Sharp’ Waterproof Kôhl Liner: I discovered this pencil when a makeup artist at Nordie’s used it on me in Chicago, and I think I’ve repurchased it about 4 times in the last year. My favorite part is that if you twist the cap, it sharpens the pencil! That’s super easy, and it saves space when you’re traveling. I have it in black, brown and my favorite is actually Penny Lane.