The Best Black Eyeliners
Eyeliner is a staple in any Southern woman’s beauty repertoire, right up there next to a signature peachy blush and bold, romantic lashes. We’ve spent countless mornings crafting our cat eyes to perfection, and we know nothing else gives our eyes that ‘pop’ they need for a big night out (or after suffering from a not-so-forgiving sleep schedule) quite like a trusted black eyeliner. And while certain occasions call for a change of hue or a healthy dose of sparkle, you simply can never go wrong with a classic black eyeliner for an every day look. After trial and error between the letdowns and the 'a-ha!' moments, one thing is certain: all black eyeliners are not made equal. Not to worry—we did the dirty work of ‘taste-testing’—if you will—for you. These cult favorites stand out among the rest in getting the job done, from liquid eyeliners to waterproof, to drugstore steals to high-end splurges. Welcome to the official Eyeliner Awards.
Best Eyeliner Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Almost 15,000 (!!!) Sephora customers agree that this long-lasting eyeliner pencil is best for the girl-on-the-go.
Buy It: $20; Sephora.com
Best Liquid Eyeliner
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black
A personal favorite, this trusty liquid liner always holds up its end of the bargain when it comes to delivering the perfect cat eye.
Buy It: $4.29; target.com
Best Gel Eyeliner
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
This no-fail crowd favorite boasts a creamy, rich formula that's highly pigmented for a dramatic look.
Buy It: $27; Nordstrom.com
Best Waterproof Eyeliner
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
This top-rated waterproof formula is proven to withstand hell and high water. Bonus: Its quick-drying formula gets you out the door faster than the rest!
Buy It: $22; Sephora.com
Best Drugstore Eyeliner
Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner
You'd never guess that this self-sharpening best seller rings in at under a mere $5—but alas, here we are.
Buy It: $4.89; target.com
Best Splurge-Worthy Eyeliner
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner
This high-end liner lives up to all the hype—and then some. This power-packed formula is rich in hue, waterproof, smudgeproof and long-lasting (oh, and did we mention the pretty packaging?)
Buy It: $33; nordstrom.com