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12 of the Best Eyeliners That Won’t Smudge, Budge or Fade

By Carly Cochrane - 10 months ago | Updated
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Ah, eyeliner. It’s the product that can make or break a makeup look. Finding one that doesn’t dry out, fade too quickly, tattoo your skin or run down your face panda-style can be difficult. It can take a lot of trial and error - as well as shock-horror's in the bathroom mirror - but with practice and patience, 'the one' will undoubtedly find its way to you.

With that being said, we're pretty good matchmakers here at Cosmetify and we want to help speed up the process of finding your ride or die liner. So, having done all the hard graft for you, we present the best eyeliners for a budge-proof, smudge-proof finish. Whether you want to define your waterline, create a graphic design or lay down a fool-proof feline flick, these babies will hold you down until you say otherwise.

Maybelline Hyper Precise All Day Liner Matte Black

We’re kicking off our round-up with one of the best eyeliners of all time. Tried, tested and approved by the Cosmetify team, this eyeliner pen from Maybelline is set to become a mainstay in your makeup routine.

Boasting a gel-based formula, intense matte black finish and one of the thinnest, firmest felt tips, this liner is great for creating precise lines and cat flicks. Not to mention, its price tag is well under a tenner, making it an affordable steal.

MAC Dual Dare All-Day Waterproof Eyeliner

Wave bye-bye to feathering, smudging, fading and bleeding as MAC come through with an indestructible duo liner. The thin, marker-like tip never pulls or tugs on skin so that you can achieve extreme bold precision. However, it also has a kajal pencil on the other end for a smokey effect. If you’re an eyeliner rookie, then this is the tool to add to your starter kit.

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen


This liquid eyeliner from Clinique guarantees an impressive result each and every time. Boasting a bold pigment, a fine-nib tip and long-lasting formula, it’s all you need to define your eyes like a pro.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil - Perversion

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil


Allow us to introduce you to the best eyeliner pencil to ever grace the beauty aisles. Urban Decay are the kingpins of bold, daring and statement makeup, so it’s no surprise that this is a collection of rainbow-inspired eyeliners. The super creamy and crease-resistant pencil lays down a high-pigment color. Discover everything from classic black to tropical green and metallic blue and add a little razzle-dazzle to your eye looks.

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Huda Beauty Life Liner Quick 'N Easy Precision Liquid Liner

Huda Beauty Life Liner Quick 'N Easy Precision Liquid Liner


Staying true to its name, this eyeliner really is a lifeline. Whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at your work desk or in the restaurant restroom, this liquid eyeliner promises a flawless flick each and every time. The ultra-fine tip gives precise lines as well as maximum control, so that you can achieve a killer eye look, even when you’re under pressure. Sweat-proof, smudge-proof and flake-proof, it’s a must-have for your purse.

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Benefit Roller Liner - Full-Size: Black

Benefit Roller Liner


Benefit know a thing or two about brows, but they’re also pretty good when it comes to eyes. Roller Liner is the sidekick to the fan-favorite Roller Lash mascara. Quick-drying, waterproof and delivering on the no smudging, flaking or fading promise, it’s the pen liner that offers a fuss-free, mistake-free application.

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KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner

Tattoo Liner is an award-winning, best-selling icon for a reason. Inspired by tattoo artistry, this eyeliner packs intense, ink-like pigment for ultra-precise lines. The flexible brush-like tip stays saturated no matter what awkward angle or position you need to do your thing, whilst the smudge-resistant, opaque color stays put all day long. Oh, and it’s waterproof, cruelty-free and vegan. It might just be the best liquid eyeliner in all the land!

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil - Barbarella Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil


If you’re looking for a softer, more natural eyeliner, then be sure to check out this gem from Charlotte Tilbury. The kohl pencil is the best eyeliner for the waterline as it melts onto skin and delivers up to 14 hours of hydrating coverage. Choose from classic black or opt for a warm brown shade for those ‘no makeup, makeup’ days.

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Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner

Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner


Does RiRi ever miss? The Flypencil is the eyeliner that breaks the rules and pushes the boundaries. Covering all styles, moods and personalities, it’s available in four different finishes – matte, shimmer, glitter and metallic – and 20 brighter-than-bright shades.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Easy Glide Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

It feels better, lasts longer and gives you a happy ending. Yep, it’s the Too Faced Better Than Sex Easy Glide Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. Delivering a bold, budge-proof color, with no bleeding, tugging or dragging, it’s better than any eyeliner that you’ve had before. Skip the drama and lay down a wing, flick or graphic in an instant.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Liquid Gel Eyeliner

Marc Jacobs know exactly what it takes to make those peepers of yours pop. The Highliner Liquid Gel Eyeliner ensures that your eyes are forever center of attention with its high-impact, high-shine finish. From the amazing glide to the vibrant colors and long-lasting wear, it’s no wonder this is one of the best gel eyeliners out there.

SUVA Beauty Hydra Liner

SUVA Beauty Hydra Liner


Granted, this liner might be a better option for the pros but it’s also a sure-fire way to up the ante with your makeup. Expertly developed with a water-activated cake formula, this pigment deposits a solid, smudge-proof, transfer-proof and fade-proof color. Ideal for parties, holidays and festivals, it’s the eyeliner that gives your look that extra edge.

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We're positive that you'll find your new go-to eyeliner within this line-up. Once you've found your perfect match, you can look forward to flaunting eye looks that last from A.M to P.M, no touch ups required.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

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