Best Drugstore Eyeliner, According to 5 Experts

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What are some of the best drugstore eyeliners?

We asked experts to recommend their top picks.

Luba Todorova

Luba Todorova

Expert Makeup Artist, Warren Tricomi Salons

We all have tested every waterproof and claiming to stay on eyeliner, but the price doesn’t have to be what secures the results. All you need to know is what type of brush is easier for you to use.

Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

This has a matte finish, great staying power and comes with a brush for a customized look.

L’oréal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner

This is one of a kind when you prefer the liquid with a soft playable brush end for a quick precise application.

e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

This product is with a unique fine brush that doesn’t drag the skin for a thin line.

ColorStay 2 in 1 Angled Kajal™ Eyeliner

It is a beautiful multitasker great for the waterline with a flat angled delivery system.

L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

This eyeliner pencil glides on very smooth and doesn’t budge.

Maria Licari

Maria Licari

Makeup Artist, Warren Tricomi Salons

Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

It is a great liner for creating precision wings and getting closer to the corners of the inner eyelids. The brush tip is only .1 mm wide making this a mistake-proof product! This comes in 3 color options ranging from Black, Navy, and Mahogany. This is great for any daytime or nighttime look!

e.l.f. Cosmetics Cream Eyeliner

This is nothing short of bold, keeps all-day wear and it’s waterproof! I recommend this liner all year round but especially in the summer months! It has 4 color varieties from Black, Brown, Teal, and Purple!

NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner

This has a controllable tip applicator allowing you to paint your liner as thick or thin as you want. Although this only comes in Black and Brown colors, it is intensely pigmented and gives a super bold evening look!

Krystal B. Armstrong

Krystal B. Armstrong

Professional Makeup Artist | Licensed Cosmetologist

Maybelline Tattoo Studio Eyeliner

Have you ever loved the glide of a liner but the color payoff wasn’t great? Or the color payoff was amazing but the formula was too dry? Or the glide was nice but too soft so it always smudged?

Well, this liner by Maybelline is exactly what you need. It glides like a dream but it’s firm and is the darkest black on the market. No need to sharpen after each use wearing your pencil down quickly and it lasts with a good smudge-proof formula. I keep this stocked in my personal kit.

Jessica deBen Polish

Jessica deBen Polish

TV & Film Makeup Artist

NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner

The drugstore eyeliner you will find in Hollywood makeup trailers is NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner. Makeup artists rely on it because it’s waterproof and doesn’t contain the wax that most pencils are made of. The pencils melt and smudge with body heat. This liquid liner locks in place and the black pigment is a rich true black. Bonus: NYX products are very affordable!

Tabby Farrar

Tabby Farrar

Lifestyle Writer | Blogger, Just Can’t Settle

CYO ‘This line’s a keeper’

I’ve been wearing my eyeliner the same way every day for 15 years now, and I’m really picky when it comes to things being a waterproof, smudge-proof and generally good value for what you spend.

It is easy to use and is the only eyeliner I’ve come across that is genuinely 100% waterproof, smudge-proof and sweatproof. Whether you’re planning on swimming, surfing, trekking in serious heat or if you just live in a very rainy country, you can rest assured that once you put this stuff on, the only way it’s coming off is when you want it to.

It’s an intensely black liner, with a fine brush that can be used to create either very precise lines, or if you adjust your grip, can sweep a perfect cat-eye flick in seconds.

For party animals, it’s a great choice for staying out all night and knowing your makeup will still be in place, while for thrill-seekers its staying power means you know you won’t be caught looking anything but your best in travel and sports photos.