Liquid Liners That Work
Cat-eye, kitten eye, winged lines, even graphic lines all have one product in common: a kick-ass pigmented eyeliner. Our preference is liquid, especially for any winged looks, because creating the swoop takes precision, and you can’t get more precise than liquid liner. But with a plethora of products available promising the cat-eye of our dreams, it’s difficult to discern what’ll actually work and what won’t. Because there is nothing worse than opening your liquid liner pen, bringing it to your lash line only to have it tug, bleed, or, worst of all, not come out at all.
Here are our favorite liquid liners that actually work (and our honest reviews on what doesn’t work too):
Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner ($34) – The best liquid liner we have yet to try. It glides on with ease, doesn’t pull or tug, stays on all night, doesn’t smudge, and has serious black power. Also, the tip is so thin you can build on your line – from daytime thin to nighttime thick. It’s the OG of liquid liners.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22) – This used to be our go-to, but the tip is a bit thicker than what we want for day. However, if you’re into thick lines, this one is a must — and it has the reviews to prove it. Also, of note, we found that this liquid liner dried out faster than we’d want.
CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Pitch Black Passion ($6) – As far as drugstore liquid liners are concerned, you won’t find a better one than this. It is highly pigmented and applies easily, but it does dry out rather quickly too. The tip also tends to get a bit thrashed so it doesn’t give you the same precise line from day one on day 21. But for the price, it’s well worth the cons.
MAC Liquid Liner ($21) – If you want black-black, this is your pick. The pigment is so bold and intense, we’d almost say don’t wear for day… but, hey, it’s all in how you rock it. Again, this glides on super easily and draws a precise line. Our main issue with this formula is that it seems to peel off by night’s end, probably due to the fact that it’s not waterproof. So, if your eyes are naturally watery, your wing will surely disappear. If you’re dry as a camel, you have nothing to worry about.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($20) – In terms of smudge and budge-proof liquid liners, this one wins. Although we wouldn’t mind a bit more pigment, the applicator tip creates a beautifully precise line and the formula stays smudge-free all night long.
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