If there were a Guinness World Record for wearing liquid eyeliner most days in a row, I'd probably be the winner by a clear margin. I've perfected the dramatic, swooping cat eye, the ultra-thin, barely there line, and the classic thick wing. And because of my years and years of trial and error, I can pretty confidently say that I've tried pretty much every "must try" liquid liner on the market—and most of them suck.
Hey, just being honest. Either they bleed into a murky line across your lid, or leave marks on your crease when you blink, or look like an ashy, chalky swatch that smudges and disappears by the end of the day. But not these five liners, below. No, these five liners are my holy grail liners, the formulas I keep at my desk, in my purse, and on my vanity at all times. They are, quite literally, my true loves. And to help you get out of your rut and into my love fest, I present to you the five best of the best liquid liners, below. Take care of them.
Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Liner, $7
Think of this eyeliner as the training wheels of all liquid eyeliners: Its tip is sharply angled from thick to thin, which gives you the ability to either tightly trace your lash line for a subtle finish (what up, liner newbs), or to hold it on its side for a thicker, more dramatic wing.
Bodyography On Point Liquid Liner, $17
Unlike some "green" formulas that seem to fade and flake off your face with a soft gust of air, this vegan, all-natural pigment stays put truly all day, even on the oiliest of eyelids (trust us—this is one of our mainstays). And no, it's not just "good for a naturals brand"—it's good across all boards.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $20
There's a reason why this cult-favorite liner has almost 11,000 positive reviews on Sephora: It's freaking magical. The raven-black pigment dries down to a semi-matte finish that doesn't bleed at all (like, at all at all) once you draw it on.
L'Oréal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner, $6
This pigment-soaked tip is super thin and flexible, so you can maneuver it around your upper lash line with precision, without worrying about re-dipping or running dry before you finish your cat-eye. Plus, the cap feels like that of a marker, making it more intuitive to handle.
Lancôme Art Liner Precision Point Eyeliner, $31
If you've ever tried to create a tiny winged eye, only to have your liner skip and tug across your lid, you'll love this inky liner from Lancôme, which has a skinny foam tip that softly glides over your skin for a smooth, clean line.