Eyeliners are essential to any makeup set because they are used to bring attention to the eyes in various ways. They come in different colors, textures, and applications to make it easy to conjure different eye shapes and emphasize out eye color. Used correctly, eyeliner can make lashes appear longer and create a wide-eyed look. For dramatic effect, eyeliners for smoky eyes are the tools of choice to create moody or brooding eyes. It takes some skill to perfect the eyelash line-hugging technique that is the foundation of eyeliner artistry but using the right product that could be gel, powder or pencil formulations to help create the desired effect.
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1. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
This is a do-it-all liquid liner that comes in nine colors to match every mood and every outfit you’ve got. Shake the Stila liner well before every use, and apply with the tip end to make a fine line. For a bolder, thicker line, position the pen at a slight angle before sweeping along the lid to create long-lasting eye drama. This liner applies smoothly regardless of your desired style. It is smudge and run-proof because it dries quickly.
2. bareMinerals Long-Lasting Eyeliner
This pencil eyeliner is a must-have for beginner and professional makeup artists. The liner formula is made from a blend of skin-friendly minerals, including vitamin C. It was formulated for smudge and smear-proof application yet long-lasting enough to resist fading all day. As a bonus, you get a built-in sharpener to keep the applicator end at optimum sharpness while the other end is equipped with a soft blending and smudging tool. The bareMinerals liner collection provides intense color in black plus seven other color options.
3. Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner
It’s a mechanical eye pencil that creates perfect lines whether you’re aiming for a natural, almost no-makeup look or bold eye drama. Maybelline’s Unstoppable eyeliner resists smudging because it is waterproof, yet it applies easily and smoothly with the self-sharpening tip. It is one of the most affordable quality eyeliners in the market today, so you can stock up in all colors that are currently available.
4. Neutrogena Precision Liquid Eyeliner with Honey and Coconut
When Neutrogena says it’s a precision eyeliner, they mean sharp and smooth lash lines in exactly the thickness you want with long-lasting effects that resist smudging or melting off because the formula is water resistant. Its fray-proof applicator is easy to use regardless of your skill level with eye makeup creations. This liquid liner is hypoallergenic and truly gentle on the most sensitive skin and eye areas as it is formulated with natural ingredients, including nourishing honey and coconut.
5. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio Universal Looks Collection
When glitter and shimmer define your desired look, count on Physician’s Formula eyeliners to deliver the perfect yet low-cost solution. These glitter eyeliners come in intense pigments to define the eyes with glamorous and bold lines or simple and subtle lines to brighten the eye area. Physicians Formula eyeliners are hypoallergenic, produced with cruelty-free methods and approved by dermatologists for use even for contact lens wearers and others with sensitive eyes.
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6. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo
This gel-based eyeliner by Bobbi Brown ensures precision application similar to that of liquid eyeliners. It is waterproof and the color promises to be long-lasting regardless of your activity. This package comes with two pots of gel, in black and sepia ink, that should be used with the accompanying liner brush for smooth applications. Whether you’re going for the subtle look or bold and dramatic, the ultrafine eyeliner brush that comes with this Bobbi Brown set will help you achieve the eye makeup you want.
7. Shake Beauty Eyeliner Stamp and Liquid Eyeliner
This is a clever way to make that vamp wing made famous by various Hollywood celebrities. The kit comes in a handy pen with one end equipped with the wing stamp that you apply on the outside corners of your eyes for a smudge-proof and long-lasting vamp wing. Complete the fabulous eye makeup design using the liquid eyeliner pen to trace the lash line, connecting it to the existing wing. The fine-tip pen creates thin delicate lines for a toned down effect of the winged eye makeup, or you can retrace the line to the desired thickness for a bolder effect.
8. CoTZ Fine Line Eyeliner Liquid
This liquid eyeliner comes in a pretty pen that you can easily take with you. Application is easy because you start by dotting the lash lines with the fine-tip pen. Resting your elbow on something firm, connect the dots to create perfectly lined eyes even if you were a newbie in eye makeup techniques. The formula is fast-drying and waterproof, but it is best to wait a few seconds after application before blinking. This lovely tool comes cheap, but you end up with eye makeup that looks like a photoshoot-ready job done by a professional makeup artist.
9. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Smokissime Powder Eyeliner Pen
L’Oréal’s idea for an eyeliner for smoky eyes is sheer genius. The powder eyeliner comes in a handy pen with a foam tip applicator that blends the eyeliner color during the application process, creating the smoky eye instantly without the need for smudging or smoothing. The powder formula is applied like a gel product that glides on the lash line smoothly with the liner’s intense colors lasting up to 14 hours. Create perfect smoky eyes in brown, black, taupe and purple in one easy step with this waterproof eyeliner. For high drama, intensify the smoky colors on the eye corners using the rounded tip applicator.
10. Clinique Quickliner for Eyes
Never again will you have to worry about eyeliner malfunctions even with last-minute applications. The Clinique Quickliner applies smoothly like a cream product should except this one comes in an easy-to-handle makeup pen. Whether you’re after a soft and subtle smoky look or a bold and smoldering effect, this is a dependable eyeliner for smoky eyes. You can define your eyes with clean lines to put the focus on them, or you can contour them with a light hand for a more natural look using the Clinique Quickliner. This affordable product is available in smoky brown.
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By BCR Staff