The 7 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 smolder 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 the best kohl eyeliners that deliver on the smokey eye promise.

SOSU by SJ Eye Voltage Kohl Pencil Eyeliner - Black

SOSU by SJ Eye Voltage Kohl Pencil Eyeliner


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 smolder.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Bare Basics Double Ended Kohl Eye Pencil

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Bare Basics Double Ended Kohl Eye Pencil

$14.54 $19.38 (25% off)

Snap up this kohl pencil from Sculpted by Aimee Connolly and enhance your peepers like no other. The double-ended pencil can be used to define and brighten your waterline for a wide-eyed finish.

Sweed Lashes Satin Kohl Eyeliner

Sweed Lashes Satin Kohl Eyeliner

$18.59 $24.78 (25% off)

Sweed Lashes serve up a kohl liner that's perfect for intense and dramatic looks! Soft and buttery, it delivers a smooth and seamless application, making it ideal for beginners. Enjoy intense color that lasts from A.M to P.M, with no fading or smearing.

MAC Eye Kohl Pencil Liner

MAC Eye Kohl Pencil Liner


Take your pick from a variety of shades that promise to turn your eye makeup up a notch. From classic black to humble brown, dark purple and forest green, these soft, creamy kohl liners deliver rich color with either a matte or pearl finish. They even double-up and can be applied all-over the lid like an eyeshadow – perfect for those extra glamorous evenings.

Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal

Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal


If you like an intense and dramatic eye look, then you’re going to love this kohl eyeliner from Milani. 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 help you smoke out that outer corner with confidence. The Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil stays put from day to night, with no running, budging or smudging (unless you tell it to). The high intensity color adds extra drama to peepers for a look that cannot go unnoticed.

Lash Star Beauty Pure Pigment Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

Lash Star Beauty Pure Pigment Kohl Eyeliner Pencil


With a superior color payoff, creamy formula and precision tip, 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 makeup product. Or, you can use the smudge stick to create the ultimate grunge effect.

With these kohl eyeliners in your makeup arsenal, you can achieve the sultry, smokey and smoldering eye looks that you’ve been dreaming of. Watch out Bella Hadid, we’re coming for you.

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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