Besides mascara, eyeliner is the next best way to emphasize your eyes. Various forms make it possible to create any look you’re going for, whether it’s just simple and subtle definition or dark and dramatically winged out. Either way and everything in between, you want your liner to last. Here I’ve compiled some of my favorite eyeliners that really hold up.
1. Pencil – A classic option, pencil liner offers the most subtle look while still being precise, but it can still be bold. Turn it up a notch by layering in on and then smudging it or by lining your waterline. Stila Waterproof Smudge Stick, MAC’s Eye Kohl, and Revlon’s ColorStay Eyeliner are all great pencils.
2. Shadow – Shadow also has a subtle look, but one that’s much softer than a pencil. It’s great for smudging and blending and can be used wet or dry for different looks. Tarte’s EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner is amazing, but any matte black shadow will do.
3. Gel – Gel liner can be very dramatic and precise. It looks great winged out on upper lash lines. Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Liner is a classic, but Maybelline’s EyeStudio Gel Liner does the trick too.
4. Liquid – Liquid liner is my favorite option. It provides the most precision and lasts the longest. Maybelline makes great liquid liners like the EyeStudio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner and the Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liner.