The 9 best eyeliners for any occasion
Something for everyone
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / February 06 2022
Picking the right eyeliner for you is a deeply personal purchase.
This may sound like somewhat of an over exaggeration (and maybe it is) but in our experience, when it comes to eyeliner preferences, there are a multitude of variables one must consider before adding to cart.
What kind of eye look are you trying to create? How long do you need your liner to last? Are you more of a pencil person or are you a fiend for a liquid liner moment?
With all of these components to consider, we think it’s only fair we make the process a bit easier for you, so you don’t have to wade through a multitude of formulas that aren’t quite right.
That’s why we’ve created a list of our favourite eyeliner picks.
From formulas so waterproof they’d withstand a tsunami to innovative applicator tips that follow the natural contours of your eye shape, here are nine eyeliner picks that won’t let you down no matter what situation you’re in.
Lancôme Grandiose Eyeliner
Thanks to the ultra-fine applicator tip, this is our top pick for creating an intricate cat eye look with an extended inner corner and a precise finish. It features an innovative, patented 35° bendable wand that allows for easy application close to the lash line.
$62 at Myer
Clinique Quickliner For Eyes
Sometimes you just need an eyeliner formula that stays put – this is exactly that. With a water-resistant, long-lasting formula that can be easily blended using the smudge applicator tip, this pick is ideal for creating a smokey liner look that won’t budge throughout the day.
$37 at Clinique
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Black
As if the budget price point wasn’t reason enough to add this staple liner to your kit, this waterproof pick also lasts for up to 16 hours after application, and it’s packing a built-in smudge tool and pull-out sharpener. Phew, relax chile.
$14.39 at Chemist Warehouse
Estée Lauder Double Wear Infinite Waterproof Eyeliner
With a waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, heat and humidity resistant formula, we think you’d be silly not to add this to your gym bag. But it’s the smudge-tool and built-in sharpener that make this the ultimate on-the-go pick.
$46 at Estée Lauder
L'Oreal Paris Superliner Flash Cat Eyeliner
Need to draw a cat eye in a flash but can’t seem to get the hang of nailing the perfect wing? Then fret no more because this budget, waterproof and long-lasting pick comes with a wing-shaped stencil that makes application a breeze.
$23.49 at Chemist Warehouse
M.A.C COSMETICS Dual Dare All Day Waterproof Liner in ‘Dare Black’
Why choose between a liquid liner and a traditional pencil formula when you could enjoy a 2-in-1 product like this waterproof offering from M.A.C? With a liquid felt-tip liner at one end and a mechanical pencil at the other, this pick is a one-stop-shop for endless liner play.
$45 at Adore Beauty
Clarins 3-Dot Liner Easy Lining Eyeliner
Not really into the whole winged liner look but love a defined lash line? This innovative 3-pronged, felt-tip liquid liner pen disperses product right at the root of the lash, filling the lash line dot by dot for a naturally enhanced look. Plus, with a lash conditioning formula, you’ll reap some nourishing and growth-boosting properties too.
$43 at Adore Beauty
Eye Of Horus Goddess Pencil
This eyeliner pencil promises a classic kohl liner look with a deeply pigmented, smudge-proof, water-resistant formula. Infused with organic moringa oil and natural waxes, this pick also nourishes, while the smudge-tool tip allows for an easy blend after you swipe on the long-wearing product.
$33 at Adore Beauty
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Resist Color Pencil Eyeliner in ‘Graphite’
With a name like aqua resist it’s no surprise that this intensely pigmented pick is just about as waterproof as you can get. You can look forward to the kind of colour payoff you’d expect from a liquid liner, plus 24 hours of waterproof wear.
$35 at Sephora
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.