Eyeliners have power. They are big, bold, dramatic. They are clean, precise, demure. They can smudge like magic and each contains a million looks and possibilities. In fact, the perks of a pencil liner are endless: because they can be sharpened to a point, you can always get a fine, controlled line and fill in those hard-to-reach spots, like the inner water line and up against the lash root. A pencil also blends easily if you want something soft or smokey. And depending on the look you're going for, there are different formulas to choose from like a buildable texture or blendable gel. Whether you're just starting out your eyeliner journey, or are a pro looking for something new, here are the 5 best pencil eyeliners to have in your makeup bag.
That iconic smokey, smudgy eye looks great when it's on a model, but in real life it's hard to get right without a ton of maintenance. That's why we invented the Tattoo Studio Smokey Gel Pencil Eyeliner. It's equal parts ultra-blendable, matte texture and budge-proof. A powder-in-gel formula with a precision tip for ultimate control. And it's waterproof! Just glide on, blend with your finger or a brush, and set. You'll get the smoldering smokey eye of your dreams that won't run all over the place after 1 or 12 or even 36 hours. Plus: It clings on to the inner waterline.
Sleek lines? Done. Dramatic cat eye swoops? Done. Smudge-proof durability? Done! Our longest wearing pencil eyeliner, Tattoostudio Sharpenable Gel Pencil Eyeliner, just might be our most versatile, too. The pigments are ultra-intense (there's a shade for every. single. mood.) and go on smoothly, elegantly. It has a built-in sharpener, so you always have that cool, clean point to dramatically define the eyelash. And the staying power? Up to 36 hours. No smudge. No fade. Rain, shine, tears, sweat. It's got your back.
Sometimes, you don't want the big, notice-me line. Sometimes you just want beautifully sharp definition that lasts all day. Something neat, calligraphy-clean, and incredibly foolproof. Well, here ya go. Winner of Allure's Best of Beauty Award, the automatic Master Precise Skinny™ Gel Pencil has a TINY 1.8mm micro-tip to easily create the precise eyeliner looks you always dreamed of.
Expert Wear Twin Brow and Eye Wood Pencil has been around forever for a reason. The waxy, slightly translucent formula is wonderfully buildable—great for when you want to enhance eyes without looking like you are wearing eyeliner. One line gives you a bit of expert definition, two layers enhances a little bit more. These sheer formulas are great for doubling as brow pencils as well. The color is pliant and versatile enough to shade you in without looking extra or obvious. The best budget purchase ever.
When you're ready to graduate from mascara to something a little more complicated, start with Unstoppable Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil. It's self-sharpening (meaning you're always going to get the freshest tip and best application). It's long-lasting and smudge-proof (meaning halfway through dinner you won't find it halfway down your face). It creates everything from simple, natural definition to bold, look-at-me power-looks that last all day. It's incredibly versatile and hard to screw up. In a sum, it's your new beauty best friend.
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