A good liquid eyeliner can brighten eyes, define features, and give your eyes the right kind of wings. From creating flawless cat-eyes to statement lines and graphic wings, a liquid liner is a makeup essential. With a little stroke here and a little stroke there, it can add a serious definition to your look.
If you're thinking of adding a liquid eyeliner to your makeup bag, it is important to consider features like crisp lines, easy application, and staying power to perfect any eye look. So, to help you pick the one that reigns supreme from the rest, here's a list of the top 10 best liquid eyeliners, along with a foolproof guide to help you find your match. This article is reviewed by a professional makeup artist, Chahat Goyal, so keep reading to hear from our expert.
Chahat Goyal is a makeup artist based in Chandigarh. Her area of expertise lies in luxury bridal makeovers for Indian skin tones. Chahat is professionally certified by one of the most eminent makeup artists of North India, "Ms. Parul Duggal." You can check her work on her Instagram account.
If your cat eye is looking more like a raccoon eye, it is time to invest in a quality liquid eyeliner that has highly concentrated pigments and a tip that glides on with ease, without bleeding or fading through the day. To help you make an informed decision and buy yourself the best liner, we've put together an exhaustive list of things to consider before making that purchase.
Liquid eyeliner's consistency makes them intensely pigmented and very dramatic. However, picking up a right formula can make or break that perfect eye makeup. Longwear Liquid liners can last for over 12 hours, making them an ideal pick for office days.
Since they dry quickly, it's also easy to fix lines and refine details, if required. But, a long-wear formula might require touch-ups at the end of the day, in case they begin to flake off your eyelids. A waterproof liquid eyeliner can stay put throughout the day, withstanding a morning swim, a rainstorm and mildly rubbing of eyes by mistake.
If you live in a city with humid environments and rains through a major part of the year, waterproof formula is the best option for you. You'll have to get an effective makeup remover, to remove the product at the end of the day.
For people residing in places with relatively lower temperatures, using gel formula eyeliners can be a great choice. They come in a pot, sometimes with a separate brush to apply. You can use an Angular brush to apply the gel eyeliner.
It’s best for creating smokey eye looks. This is because smudging the gel liners with a pencil brush is easy due to its creamy consistency. You can go for Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner or Inglot AMC Eyeliner (Black).
Liquid eyeliners are the best tool to get crisp lines and add intricate details to your eyes. However, it demands a steady hand and plenty of patience to get that right curve. Depending upon how comfortable you're with applying a liner, you can choose from a felt tip and feather tip liquid liners.
Felt tip liquid liners are the most common ones you'll find in the drugstore aisle. Their applicators often resemble pens, making them easy to hold and apply. They are a great option for beginners to make precision lines. To achieve a thicker finish, you will have to use the liner 2-3 times to match the intensity of brush-tip liners.
Maybelline New York The Colossal Liner is one of the top recommended eyeliners with a felt tip. With 0.4 mm felt tip applicator, the liner gives a smooth and quick application. Its ink-pigment technology gives an impeccable colour spread.
Felt tip liquid liners are great for people with shaky hands or beginners as they offer amazing precision and grip. Just lay the felt tip longwise around halfway of the lash line and do short pulls outward rather than trying to draw a single line.
Always try to open your eye and then use the eyeliner on the inner corner of the eye. Kat Von D Tattoo liner is among my favourite felt tip liners.
After you have mastered felt-tip liquid liners, you are ready to move to feather tip liners. A feather tip usually resembles a nail polish bottle, with its tip dipping into a mini paint jar. Its formula is wetter than the felt tip liner; therefore, it takes time to dry.
Professionals prefer feather-tip liquid liners as their application requires a steady hand to create sharp lines for a cat-eye look. Lakme Insta Eye Liner is one of the finest liquid eyeliners that have a feather tip. Its light-weight formula with feather tip applicator creates super-precise lines.
If you’re interested to perform delicate art or super-precise winged eyeliners, go for the liquid eyeliners with feather tips. Make sure you use the quick-drying formula on very oily lids. They require patience and tons of practice for laymen.
These eyeliners are great for sensitive eyes since they are able to be removed quickly using a makeup remover. Chambor Eye definer (Black) is one of my favourite liquid eyeliners
Liquid eyeliners come in three different finishes – glossy, shimmer, and matte. While purchasing an eyeliner, make sure you choose the finish that compliments your look. People prefer a matte finish for everyday wear as it is not flashy and dries up quickly. Matte finish is long-lasting and dries up fast, making it an ideal choice for those who are in a hurry to reach office.
Eyeliners with a matte and glossy finish are the most traditional ones to add cat-eye effect. It will be a smart move to choose a waterproof liner for this purpose so that your hard work doesn't transfer into your creases as the day goes on. Shimmer finish is usually suited for weddings and festive occasions to get a picture-perfect shine on your eyes.
If you have a glossy finish eyeliner in your vanity, you’re looking for a more matte look. Here’s a hack - Apply the glossy eyeliner on your lid, and don’t wait for it to dry completely. Immediately, dip your eyeliner brush or angular brush in a jet black matte eyeshadow and set the eyeliner with it. You will be able to achieve a matte finish.
If you wear contact lenses, it gets really important to choose products that will not irritate your eyes. Nowadays, more and more makeup brands are creating cosmetics that are tested and made suitable for contact lens wearers.
While picking up an eyeliner, you should look for a waterproof formula to keep it from flowing down your eyes and irritating your lenses. Ophthalmologically (Ophthalmologist is an eye specialist) tested eyeliners are especially relevant to those who wear contact lenses and are a newbie to wearing liquid liners.
As a beginner, your eyes might not be used to eyeliners, especially if you're applying it directly onto your eyelash or water line. This will put you in a risk of damaging your lenses. So, make sure to pick up eyeliners that are ophthalmologist-tested to ensure the safety of your eyes.
Most gel-based eyeliners are contact lens-friendly. For people who usually wear contact lenses, I would suggest using gel eyeliner since they have the lowest risk of poking your eye and have a creamy consistency that prevents the product from entering the eye.
They are great for tightening the lower waterline as well. As for makeup artists, we always carry a set of Q-Tips to save eyeliner spills on the face.
Most of us go for black or blue eyeliner out of habit, but did you know there are different shades available that you can pick as per your eye colour. The right eyeliner shade can brighten up your eyes in seconds, intensifying your natural eye colour.
Darker shades of pink and brown will make your black eyes look even more black. Are you looking for something of contrast? Try yellow and electric blue liquid liner. Amber and midnight blue shades will bring out the brown tones in your eyes.
Purple and deep grey colours also work well for brown eyes. For hazel eyes, gold, olive, and plum shades work like magic. To give your hazel eyes a bolder look, you can also try warm brown liquid liner.
It’s always a good choice to keep the eyeshadows matte and neutral when going in for a coloured eyeliner. Adding shimmers can lower the impact and intensity of the coloured eyeliner. For instance, you can go for a basic warm brown crease and a matte cream or beige lid when using an electric blue eyeliner. This makes the eyes pop.
With a plethora of options available online, choosing that perfect liquid eyeliner might seem overwhelming. To help you pick up the right eyeliner from some of the top brands in India, we've compiled a list for you. Read on to make your eyes do the talking!
|Formula||Waterproof and Sweatproof|
|Formula||Waterproof and Smudge Proof|
|Formula||Waterproof and Smudge Proof|
|Texture||Liquid and Pencil|
|Brush-type||Felt Tip and Pencil Tip|
Absolute Shine Liquid Eye Liner
Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner
Matte Liquid Liner
Ultime Pro Matte Play Eyeliner
Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Paris Super Liner
Colorstay Wing Line
Hyper Glitz Ink
Eye Stylist Liquid Eyeliner
Liquid Eye Liner for High Definition Eyes
A Water-Resistant Formula for Beginners
Smudge-Free Liquid Liner With A Glossy Finish
NYX Professional Liner for Exquisite Matte Finish
Ophthalmologist-Tested Liner for Pro Matte Finish
An Eyeliner Suitable for Those Who Wear Contact Lenses
A Dual-Ended Eyeliner to Create Different Eye Looks
Revlon Colorstay Wing Line for That Perfect Winged Look
Dark Glitter Liner for An Extra Glam Look
Kay Beauty Liquid Eyeliner With a Transfer-Proof Formula
|Price Starts at||₹450.00||₹130.00||₹310.00||₹650.00||₹649.00||₹425.00||₹699.00||₹1,100.00||₹415.00||₹499.00|
|Quantity||4.5 ml||9 ml||3 ml||2 ml||2.5 ml||2.5 ml||0.56 gm||5 gm||1.5 gm||3 ml|
|Formula||Water-based||Water-resistant||Waterproof||-||Waterproof and Sweatproof||Waterproof and Smudge Proof||Waterproof and Smudge Proof||Waterproof||Waterproof||Water-resistant|
|Texture||Glossy||-||High-shine||Gel||Liquid||Liquid||Liquid and Pencil||Liquid||Liquid||Liquid|
|Brush-type||Feather Tip||Feather Tip||Felt Tip||Brush Tip||Feather Tip||Felt Tip||Felt Tip and Pencil Tip||Precision Tip||Flexi-cushion Tip||Flexi Tip|
Perfecting that cat eye or winged look is quite a tricky task. But with liquid liners by your side, you can achieve the desired look with a little practise and patience. But if you lack the patience, here are some easy tricks to help you get that desired look.
Tip 1: Hold your eyeliner near the end to get the fine line in one stroke.
Tip 2: Slightly tilt up your chin, preventing the eyeliner from smearing all over your eyelid.
Tip 3: Firstly, apply an eye shadow and then the liner.
Tip 4: To define your eyeliner, first use a creamy pencil to sketch a line, followed by tracing it over with a liquid.
Tip 5: First, make short strokes and later connect them into one solid stroke.
If you still need help with applying eyeliner, you can read more hacks.
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All that said, there's always that one eyeliner that takes away all the application woos; you have to find that for yourself. We have listed all possible ways that will help you pick up that perfect liquid eyeliner. Hope the information helps and you get what you're looking for!
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