Just wing it.
Do you remember the first time you attempted eyeliner? Was it in secondary school, when you traced your mam's blue pencil in a shaky line several inches above your actual lash line? (guilty) Was it last week, when you took a deep breath, headed to your favourite beauty website's advice (hi), and finally took the plunge? Whenever your first foray into eyeliner was, there's one thing for certain: It's a fickle beast that can throw even the most skilled, stable-handed individuals for a loop, but it will improve your life. There – I said it.
See, eyeliner and I are a lot like friends who eat spice bags in pyjamas and hun buns whilst binge-watching the latest true-crime series together, hungover on a Sunday afternoon—there’s no awkwardness or formalities. We get each other.
In fact, rarely do I leave the house without my sleek black line applied and flicked. Call me vain, but I never feel fully put together without eyeliner on – it’s the only thing that helps me look and feel awake and wide-eyed. Concealer? Realistically, I couldn't be without it but if push came to shove, it'd be the first to go. Lipstick? I might cry a little, but I think I would survive at the end of the day.
While I always have a few cotton swabs and a lot of makeup remover on hand, I can apply a sleek, perfectly even line on both of my lids in under 30 seconds —I can even apply it whilst sat on the bus. Thus, I know a thing or two about eyeliner.
Shaky hand? There’s a ridiculously easy fix. Uneven wings? I’ve got you. From now on, consider eyeliner the makeup weapon you can always depend on—even when (especially when) you’re too lazy to even roll out of bed. Keep scrolling for all the best liquid eyeliners.
The CULT CLASSIC
Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, €20, Stila
Hailed as an all-time favourite by Reddit users, with one fan raving that it can withstand a hot yoga class, Stila's budge-proof liquid liner has a thin marker-like tip that's perfect for crafting a precise, defined line.
the BOUJEE BUY
Eye Defining Pen Deeper, €54, Tom Ford
I’m not going to lie, yes, it is expensive for an eyeliner. The only reason I've tried it is down to one Christmas where I couldn't for the life of me come up with what I wanted as a gift and went with "an expensive eyeliner" and it may be one of the best Christmas gifts I've ever received. If you’re one not to mind spending money on a good quality product that delivers, then this one is for you. What I enjoyed the most about the product is the two-tip option. On one side, you can find a super-fine tip that is used for thin line application and on the other side, you will see a slightly thicker tip for thicker line application making negative space eyeliner a reality.
THE BUDGET FRIENDLY
Calligraph Ultra Slim Eyeliner Pen, €3.49, Catrice
This bargain-friendly goodie is one of the best liquid liners you can buy on the high street. The thin nib is perfect for creating a gorgeous feline flick and, overall, this pen is great for all liner-users, including beginners.
the best-kept secret
Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner, €3.99, Collection
Don't be fooled by the purse-friendly price of this liner; Extreme 24 Hour has become the fashion and beauty industry's best-kept secret. It's easy to apply, never smudges and lasts all day (just be sure to apply two layers for longevity).
THE OLD RELIABLE
Precision Liner, €9.95, NOTE Cosmetics
A bargain and long-time favourite, NOTE Cosmetic's little pen of liquid liner is great for creating dramatic feline flicks in seconds.
Tattoo Liner, €21, Kat Von D
You can sooner take my firstborn child before you take my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner away from me. For those like me who can't live without a little wing but are always on the go, this eyeliner is literally a pen, super easy to work and lasts all day long. The tip is not only extremely fine but also flexible so that you can bend it to whatever angle you need to while creating the perfect flick. It's opaque and crack-proof, but what I love most about it is that it's 100% vegan and cruelty-free, just like all other Kat Von D products.
THE Sensitive one
Pretty Easy Eyeliner Pen, €23, Clinique
This Clinique product was made for people who don't like liquid eyeliner. It applies smoothly and opaque, with lots of control thanks to the thick tube. It's also free of parabens and synthetic fragrances, making it a great pick for sensitive eyes.
THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Better Than Sex Liquid Eyeliner, €23, Too Faced
Gorgeous millennial pink packaging, easy to apply and smudge-free - what more could I ask for from an eyeliner? Oh, and it lasts all day. Not quite better than sex, but I'm orgasmically happy with this new find.
the one on my wishlist
Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner Cuz I'm Blac, €19, Fenty Beauty
Before you ask, no I don't know what's wrong with me. Despite my love for Rihanna, her Fenty Beauty empire and my own personal love for eyeliner, I am yet to try to her cleverly named eyeliner. Dear Santa...
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