The Absolute Best-of-the-Best Eyeliners

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My top three, best-of-the-best eyeliners!

Eyeliner has to be my most loved makeup product…or one of them, at least. I have been OBSESSED with winged liner for a really, really long time now, and I’ve tried soooo many eyeliners over the years in the quest to get the perfect wing. Let’s be honest…so many of them just plain suck, but these three are amazing.

The reason I love winged liner, and just eyeliner in general, is because you can use it to really accentuate your eyes. My eyes are a little on the small side, so I try to make them pop as much as possible! I even did a tutorial on winged eyeliner in four easy steps over on my blog.



Eyeliner is one of those things that’s either really good, or really, really bad. There isn’t usually much of an in between. Normally when I buy new makeup, if it isn’t super great, I can usually make it work until I finish it up, but not with eyeliner. To have your liner look good, the liner has to actually be good.

I guess that makes me kind of an eyeliner snob! I only use the best of the best, and one of these three is always in my makeup bag.

1. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22)

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner in Black

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner in Black ($22)

I keep purchasing Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner over and over again because it never fails me! It has a thin felt tip and a fine point, so you can easily get a nice sharp wing with it without trying too hard. By kind of laying it on its side, you can drag it and quickly line along your lash line as well. With the opaque black formula, you never have to add a second coat, either, which is so nice! I’ve also noticed that if you keep the cap snapped on really tight, it lasts for months. I hate it when an eyeliner dries out after just a couple of weeks, but you should never have that problem with this one.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner felt tip

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner felt tip

best eyeliner

Push lightly to get a super thin line, or apply more pressure to get a thicker line

2. The Balm Schwing Liquid Eye Liner ($17)

The Balm Schwing Liquid Eye Liner in Black

The Balm Schwing Liquid Eye Liner in Black ($17)

I’ve tried a bunch of stuff from The Balm lately, and I’ve loved every single thing, including Schwing Liquid Eye Liner in Black. I think what I love so much about it is how pitch black and matte it is.

I love the look it gives me, and I’ve never tried another liner that does the same thing. Schwing has a felt tip, which is my favorite type of liquid eyeliner tip, but rather than it being like a marker, you dip it into the bottle and the product coats the applicator.

In my opinion, it’s a little harder to use than Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner just because you need to wipe off a little of the excess on the edge of the bottle to have the right amount to get a really crisp line, but it’s not too complicated.


Still, if liner isn’t your thing, it may make things a little more difficult, but if you’re a liner junkie, you NEED TO TRY THIS ONE. The opaque matte finish is to die for!

The Balm Schwing felt tip

The Balm Schwing’s felt tip

So black and matte!

So black and matte!

A pretty, dainty wing using Schwing!

A pretty, dainty wing using Schwing!

3. Makeup Forever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil ($21)

Makeup Forever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil in M-10 (matte black)

Makeup Forever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil in M-10, a matte black ($21)

As for pencil eye liners, Makeup Forever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil in M-10 can’t be beat! I recently reviewed the entire line and fell in love with these, especially the black one.

I mainly only ever use these on my tightline and waterline because they actually stay put. It’s so hard to find an eyeliner that doesn’t move, especially when your eyes water as bad as mine do. You also don’t have to sit there scraping your eyeball trying to get decent color payoff. You get a smooth application in one pass. I love all of the colors they have available too. You can really make some fun looks with these!

Makeup Forever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil

Makeup Forever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil

Makeup Forever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil

Mmm, smooth, buttery color…

My picky eyes have been obsessed with all three of these eyeliners, and they’ve never failed me! What eyeliner has earned a first class seat in your makeup bag?

Jen Clark

Hi, beautiful! I’m Jen from Jen Leigh Beauty. Now, rather than just talking to myself about makeup, I write it down in a blog. Besides being madly in love with anything I can smear on my face (and sharing pics on Instagram), I’m more in love with my hunky husband, my sweet 2-year-old, and my fluffy fur baby. Thank goodness they put up with the madness, because I love chatting about my favorite things with people who understand the addiction.


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  1. Chris25 says:

    Great round-up! I also love the Stila and MUFE eyeliners. I want to try Schwing next.
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  2. Agata says:

    I might need to try the Stila one but have you ever tried Kat Von Dee’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper? In my opinion that’s the best eyeliner ever!

  3. Kimberly says:

    I love the Stila and also agree with Agata on the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. I use them when I do my daughter’s stage makeup, and they never fail even under those conditions.

  4. Angela says:

    Love LOVE the Kat Von D tattoo liner. It is right up there with Stila. I bought the Maybelline felt tipped liner (it’s called super precise or something along those lines) and it is SO DRY already!! It might have a nice fine tip but I can’t get it to line my eyes without skipping all over the place. And sadly, I have never EVER found a pencil (waterproof) that lasts on my waterline. And OH the horror when it goes wrong 🙁 Will be scrambling to your blog to check out your liner tutorial; every bit of advise helps!

  5. I really like my new Sephore fingertip eyeliner! I also really loved the Clinique Liquid Eyelining Pen but I must have misplaced it or lost it somewhere because I can’t find it anymore 🙁 🙁
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  6. Stila’s liquid eyeliner is amazing! It’s one of my favorites. I really want to try The Balm’s liquid eyeliner.
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  7. Jessica says:

    I have been using the kat von d ink eyeliner, LOVE!
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  8. L´Oréal Super Liner in Extra Black Gloss is my all time favorite liquid liner. I have been repurchasing it for years now.
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  9. Rachel R. says:

    I mostly use pencils. My favorites are Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. Perversion and Roach are Holy Grail status for me. The L’oreal Infallible Silkissime line is a close second.

  10. Erin says:

    I haven’t tried the Stila yet but I want to. I stopped wearing liquids due to them drying up so fast!
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  11. Sage says:

    CLIO Kill black eyeliner is awesome! Completely opaque in one pass, lasts all day and kind to my sensitive eyes. Heroine Kiss Me Eyeliner and K Palette lasting tattoo eyeliner are also brilliant.

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