The 11 Best Kohl Eyeliners for a Seriously Smokey Eye

By Carly Cochrane - 1 year ago | Updated
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Emily Ratajkowski, Lady Gaga, Bella Hadid, Keira Knightley; these ladies sure do know how to nail the smokey eye trend. So, why is it whenever we give the classic look a go, it turns out smudged, messy and panda-like?

If you’re wanting to master the art of a sultry, smokey eye, then you need to have a kohl eyeliner in the mix. First used in ancient Egyptian makeup routines, the formula sits leagues above its powder, pencil and liquid counterparts as it boasts a super soft texture that’s easy to diffuse and smudge out. Translation? It’s going to give you the smokin’ hot smoulder that you long for, with minimal mess and minimal effort required.

In a bid to help you pull off the sultry eye look once and for all, we've listed 11 of the best kohl eyeliners that deliver on the smokey eye promise.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner


With a superior colour payoff, creamy formula, precision tip and retractable design, it’s not hard to see why this is one of the best kohl eyeliners. If you want to shape and sculpt a professional smokey eye effect, then this is the must-have tool.

Mavala Khol Kajal Pencil - Black

Mavala Khol Kajal Pencil


Highly pigmented, smooth and creamy, and easy to smudge; it’s a winning recipe when it comes to creating a smokey eye. This kohl eyeliner glides along the lash line and can be left untouched for a clean finish or smudged out for a sexy smoulder.

SOSU by SJ Eye Voltage Kohl Pencil Eyeliner

SOSU by SJ Eye Voltage Kohl Pencil Eyeliner

£8.81 £9.95 (12% off)

Melting like butter upon application, this kohl pencil eyeliner from SOSU by SJ delivers on the sultry, smokey promise. Use it to create a sexy, smouldering eye or to precisely line and define the lash and waterline.

Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal - Minted

Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal


Turn your eye makeup up a notch. The Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal is a creamy kohl liner that delivers rich colour with every swipe. With a self-sharpening tip, you'll always be able to create precise lines that bring out the smouldering intensity of your eyes.

Lash Star Beauty Pure Pigment Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

Lash Star Beauty Pure Pigment Kohl Eyeliner Pencil


Lash Star Beauty is a beauty brand that continues to serve up high-quality, professional products. Grab yourself this long-wearing and intensely pigmented kohl eyeliner pencil and create everything from soft and subtle to bold and dramatic eye looks.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Bare Basics Double Ended Kohl Eye Pencil

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Bare Basics Double Ended Kohl Eye Pencil

£12.62 £15.88 (21% off)

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly serve up a dual-ended tool that creates perfectly accurate lines. Featuring two pencil precision tips that perfectly complement each other, this is the ultimate eyeliner for when you’re on-the-go and want to dress up eyes with an intense colour.

Sweed Lashes Satin Kohl Eyeliner

Sweed Lashes Satin Kohl Eyeliner

£16.14 £19.00 (16% off)

If you like an intense and dramatic eye look, then you’re going to love this satin kohl eyeliner from Sweed Lashes. Delivering a carbon black finish, it adds epic definition to the outer corner of the eye and can be used to intensify the waterline.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner


Rimmel helps you smoke out that outer corner with confidence. The Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner stays put from day to night, with no running, budging or smudging (unless you tell it to). The high-intensity colour adds extra drama to peepers for a look that cannot go unnoticed.

HD Brows Kajal Long Lasting Eyeliner - Noir

HD Brows Kajal Long Lasting Eyeliner


This is the kohl liner that your lids have been waiting for. With a rich pigment and waterproof finish, the eyeliner meets all the requirements needed to form sharp, graphic lines or soft, smouldering wings. Simply pair with your favourite mascara and create your dream makeup looks with minimal mess and mishaps.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil


Helping you channel your inner rockstar is this kohl liner from Charlotte Tilbury. Whether you want to lay down a sharp and defined wing or an intense smokey eye, this pencil guarantees show-stopping looks, each and every time. Expect 14 hours of long-lasting, waterproof coverage and a seamless finish that brings the ‘wow’ factor.

DIOR Diorshow Khol Pencil

DIOR Diorshow Khol Pencil


If you’re looking to achieve a supermodel-style smoke, then you’re going to want to snap up this kohl pencil from DIOR. Highly-pigmented, waterproof and easy-to-blend, it’s the backstage secret to a show-off smokey eye. Arriving in three stunning shades – extreme black, immaculate white and natural beige – it’s a must-have for a fool-proof finish.

With these kohl eyeliners in your makeup arsenal, you can achieve the sultry, smokey and smouldering eye looks that you’ve been dreaming of. Watch out Bella Hadid, we’re coming for you. For more eyeliner talk, check out 12 of the Best Eyeliners That Won’t Smudge, Budge or Fade.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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