The 12 Best Liquid Eyeliners Ever

Spread your wings.

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(Image credit: Rosdiana Ciaravolo)

As a beauty editor, I change up my makeup routine on a weekly—if not daily—basis. I'm tasked with testing thousands of products, from creamy lipsticks (opens in new tab) to texture-morphing blushes (opens in new tab) to deep, dark mascaras (opens in new tab), which means I'm constantly reevaluating my own signature look. But no matter how much experimentation I do, there's one aspect of my routine that makes me feel like that sweet-toothed mouse from my childhood. It's a craving I always give in to: If you give a makeup fanatic (me) a mirror, she's going to want a bold liquid eyeliner to go with it.

use the liquid liners I try (opens in new tab) in a myriad of ways. Sometimes, I use inky black options with a fine tip to tight-line for subtle definition, or I'll flick it out feline-style to elevate a neutral look. I've been known to use a neon shade to swipe on a floating layer of liner, (opens in new tab) or most often, I'll paint on a bold, '60s-style wing (opens in new tab) in a rich onyx that brings all the attention to my gaze. That said, it's time to make sure your liquid eyeliner collection is stacked and up to date so you can create any look, and time. Here, we've rounded up the best liners on the market for every creative idea you might come up with, from cobalt-hued liquids to inky black felt-tips to metallic jewel tone. Reader, it's time to spread your wings.

Taylore Glynn is the Beauty and Health Editor at Marie Claire, covering skincare, makeup, fragrance, wellness, and more. If you need her, she’s probably roasting a chicken, flying solo at the movies, or drinking a bad Negroni at JFK.