Putting on eyeliner might be one of the hardest things to learn and master when doing your makeup. Sometimes, even experienced makeup artists still struggle to keep the wings of their eyeliners even! The type of eyeliner you will use, whether it is a gel, liquid, or pencil will also depend on the kind of look you are going for.
What should you consider when buying an eyeliner? What are the differences between gel, pencil, and liquid eyeliners? What type of eyeliner is easy to use? Are they beginner-friendly? And which eyeliner is long-lasting? Don’t worry! We did all the research for you! We even listed down a few of our favorite items in our Top 10 list. Keep on reading to find out more!
The products we introduce below were carefully curated by the mybest team, from the best-sellers of E-commerce sites like Lazada, and using the points mentioned in our detailed and thoroughly researched buying guide.
**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
|Best for Achieving||Sharp Lines|
|Available Shades||Brown Black, Super Black, Deep Brown|
|Best for Achieving||Dramatic Eye Look|
|Available Shades||Very Black, Dark Brown, Brown|
|Best for Achieving||Precise Lines, Winged look|
|Best for Achieving||Precise Lines|
|Available Shades||Matte Brown, Matte Grey, Matte Yellow, Matte Violet, Matte Teal, Matte Burgundy|
|Best for Achieving||Smokey Looks|
|Available Shades||Divine Rose II: BLK Coffee, Xtreme Black, Blitz Blue, BLK Coffee, Blitz Brown, Shade|
|Waterproof||Yes (Duration Not Indicated)|
|Best for Achieving||Dramatic Winged looks|
|Type||Gel Pencil + Liquid(Felt-Tip)|
|Waterproof||Yes (Duration Not Indicated)|
|Best for Achieving||Winged, Natural Looks|
|Available Shades||Perfect Black, Chic Brown|
|Waterproof||Yes (Duration Not Indicated)|
|Best for Achieving||Bold Lines|
|Available Shades||Trooper (Black)|
|Best for Achieving||Intense and Dramatic Looks|
|Available Shades||Blacktrack, Dipdown, Macroviolet, Lowlights, Midnight Snack|
|Best For||Smoky and Intense Looks|
|Available Shades||Via Veneto, Gran Via, Night Porter, Last Frontier, Mambo, Mulholland Drive, Park Ave, Haight-Ashbury, Ocean Drive, Broadway, Grafton Street, Rue Bonaparte, Santa Monica Blvd, The Strip, Sunset Blvd, Rodeo Drive|
To give you a rundown, here are our top 3 picks for the best eyeliners you can buy online:
Check out the table below to further compare the characteristics of these three eyeliners as well as the other seven that made it to our list.
Pat Mcgrath Labs
KVD Vegan Beauty
1Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24H WP
LA Girl Gel Liner
Hypersharp Liquid Pen Eyeliner
PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil
Flick Kit Liquid + Gel Eyeliner
Pro Longwear Fluidline Eye Liner and Brow Gel
High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
A True Waterproof Eyeliner That Can Last Up to 24 Hours
Gel Liner to Pull Off Subtle and Dramatic Eye Looks
Your Everyday Liner to Draw Thin and Precise Lines
Create Precise Eye Lines With a Micro-Liner Tip
Lets You Achieve the Perfect Smoky Eye and Bold Flicks
A Budget-Friendly Bold and Black Liner
A Double-Ended Liner With Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid
A Matte and Ultra-Rich Eyerliner for a Bold Look
A Silky Eyeliner That Doubles as a Brow Gel
Delivers Intense Pigment With Just One Swipe
|Price Starts at||₱795||₱319||₱399||₱2,000||₱1,500||₱190||₱749||₱1,300||₱1,350||₱1,450|
|Type||Liquid (Felt-Tip)||Gel||Liquid||Pencil||Gel Pencil||Liquid (Felt-Tip)||Gel Pencil + Liquid(Felt-Tip)||Liquid (Felt-Tip)||Gel||Pencil|
|Waterproof||Yes, 24H||Yes, 24H||Yes, 24H||Yes, 24H||No||Yes (Duration Not Indicated)||Yes (Duration Not Indicated)||Yes (Duration Not Indicated)||Yes, 16H||Yes, 12H|
|Best for Achieving||Sharp Lines||Dramatic Eye Look||Precise Lines, Winged look||Precise Lines||Smokey Looks||Dramatic Winged looks||Winged, Natural Looks||Bold Lines||Intense and Dramatic Looks||Smoky and Intense Looks|
|Available Shades||Brown Black, Super Black, Deep Brown||Very Black, Dark Brown, Brown||Black||Matte Brown, Matte Grey, Matte Yellow, Matte Violet, Matte Teal, Matte Burgundy||Divine Rose II: BLK Coffee, Xtreme Black, Blitz Blue, BLK Coffee, Blitz Brown, Shade||Black||Perfect Black, Chic Brown||Trooper (Black)||Blacktrack, Dipdown, Macroviolet, Lowlights, Midnight Snack||Via Veneto, Gran Via, Night Porter, Last Frontier, Mambo, Mulholland Drive, Park Ave, Haight-Ashbury, Ocean Drive, Broadway, Grafton Street, Rue Bonaparte, Santa Monica Blvd, The Strip, Sunset Blvd, Rodeo Drive|
Here are some key points to consider:
For more detailed information, read through our buying guide below.
Which eyeliner you choose should depend on your comfort level when using a liner. Applying a liner is not easy, and using the wrong liner for your comfort level will make it more challenging. Whether you're a beginner or you want to experiment and try something new, there is an eyeliner out there for you!
Pencil liners can also be very versatile as you can use them to line your waterline, draw a simple line for a natural look, sharp or colorful lines for a bold look, and you can even smudge it for a smokey eye look.
Tight-lining, or lining your upper waterline with a black pencil gives an illusion of fuller lashes. While using a nude pencil on the lower waterline makes your eyes look bigger and brighter. Overall, they are perfect for beginners who want to try different kinds of looks, especially when you're still trying to find one best suited for your eyes and face.
With gel liners, the type of brush you use can affect the end look. For instance, a fine brush creates fine lines, perfect for flick-eye looks. A flat brush can create some drama especially when the edges are smudged. They are also quite forgiving when you make mistakes. That's the fun in gel linersーthey're made for smudging!
When choosing a liquid liner, you can choose between a brush type and a felt-tip type. But regardless of what you're using, you have to give them time to dry before applying another layer or product.
Brush liners can be tricky at first because you have to watch out for the amount of pressure you exert while applying. Although they are the best when you want to get that pointy flick. Meanwhile, felt-tip liners can feel like you’re using a pencil liner. But, it is darker and not as easy to maneuver. However, it's still relatively easy to get used to.
When you've applied that perfectly sharp eyeliner, you wouldn't want it to come running down your face after the day is done. You'd want something that will last you from day until the night. With the humid climate of the Philippines, some liners are easy to smudge and come off from sweating.
When looking for an eyeliner, look for something waterproof and smudge-proof to keep your eyeliner staying on fleek as you go on with your day and with no worries, even if you sweat or go on a swim.
However, a non-waterproof eyeliner can also be helpful for beginners who are still practicing, as you can just easily wash or wipe your mistakes away. Just keep in mind that your eyeliner is likely to smudge throughout the day and might move around your skin.
You don’t always have to go with the classic black eyeliner. You can consider the color of your eyes when choosing an eyeliner. From subtle earthy tones to bright and eclectic colors, the perfect color eyeliner can make your eyes pop!
For us Filipinos, who have mostly brown and black eyes, you can go bold with bright blues or keep it simple with black and navy, depending on the look you want to achieve. For those with hazel eyes, you can use rich earth tones or green tones to bring out the different shades in your eyes.
If you want to practice trying out new looks, brown and gray eyeliners are good practice colors since they are more forgiving than and not as noticeable as black liners. They are also great for everyday eye makeup if you want to go for a more subtle and natural look.
For people who just want to experiment, don’t be afraid to use bold colors to complement your eyeshadow looks. You can go for eyeliners in bright, electric colors such as blue and yellow to really make a statement. And you can even select one with a metallic or glittery finish to make your eyes pop!
Here are some of our tips to help you apply that perfect eyeliner look. Keep on reading to find out our secrets!
Remember to start on the outer part of the eye, working your way in. It may feel awkward at first, but it gives you control over how much of your eye you want to line and end the lines where you want them to end.
This is just like those connect the dots to make a picture, but you’re making your winged liner look. Drawing on dots can make it easier for you to trace the lines and then just fill them in. This will make the eyeliner process less frustrating and intimidating.
You can also try doing it with dashes. Mark where you want your liner to start and end, as well as the midpoint. Start practicing with this method, and you'll apply your liner like a pro in no time!
Just grab a cotton swab or a fine brush and go over your mistake! Make sure your eyeliner is fully dry, though, as it might just make it messier when using both wet products.
However, keep in mind that when using a makeup remover, it's better if the eyeliner is still wet, unlike when using a concealer. It also might remove any eye makeup you've applied underneath the eyeliner, so keep that in mind and erase it away!
Below are some of the most asked questions on the web answered by the mybest team.
There are two areas you could apply eyelinerーinner lash line or waterline and outer lash line, depending on the look you want to achieve. However, in terms of eye safety, doctors recommend applying it on the outer lash line.
This is because eyeliner could migrate into your eyes, which could cause irritation, especially for those who have sensitive skin or wear contacts. That said, if you do decide to apply it on your waterline, make sure to completely remove all traces of makeup afterward.
The countdown of makeup’s shelf life begins on the day you first use it. You can also refer to the suggested expiry date printed on the packaging. There should be an illustration of a small opened pot with numbers and a letter “M,” which stands for months. So, if it says 6M, you’ll know it expires 6 months after opening.
That said, expiration dates also vary depending on the type of eyeliner. For instance, pencil eyeliners can last for 1-2 years, especially if you sharpen them, making them less likely to harbor bacteria. Liquid eyeliners last for 3-4 months as the brush is prone to bacteria. And gel liners are only good for 2 months because the pot easily traps dirt.
Here are some more makeup recommendations to help you experiment and complete your makeup collection!
Eyeliners can definitely make or break our makeup looks. So you have to choose your eyeliner carefully. Hopefully, our guide and recommendations helped you choose the perfect eyeliner for you. We hope our tips also made it easier for you to be more confident when applying your eyeliner. Thanks for reading, and may the wings of your eyeliner always be even!
Author: Rie Niijima
Re-editor: J. Cuizon
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