For eyeliner beginners, it is very difficult to draw a smooth and refined lash line. Eyeliners are available in multiple colors among which black and brown are commonly used. You can prepare one for each. For beginners, it is more recommended to use brown, which is not easy to go wrong. The core should not be too hard or too soft. It should be flexible, otherwise, it will be difficult to control, as with a little strength, it will easily draw a thick one.
If you are going to buy one, try to choose one with a slightly thin tip or directly choose a liquid eyeliner. You can use it to draw a line on your hands or arms to test before buying. If the line is even and smooth with clear coloring and drys quickly without caking, fading, or smudging, this eyeliner is good to use.
To go further, you can wet your finger to wipe it to see if it is waterproof. If it fades a little, you don't need to worry too much. If it fades badly, you can pass it off directly for another one. When choosing an eyeliner, especially for oily skin, more attention should be paid to see if it is smudged.
Based on users’ reviews and some experts’ advice, and trials by our testers over all kinds of eyeliners including those with high sales volume, we round up the 10 best items for beginners. We believe they will be helpful.
LONG-WEAR GEL EYELINER is one of BOBBI BROWN's star products and has been rated as the best eyeliner by many authoritative beauty magazines such as Elle, Allure, InStyle and COSMO. LONG-WEAR GEL EYELINER is available in 5 shades to suit different needs. Compared to liquid eyeliner, LONG-WEAR GEL EYELINER is easier to apply, suitable for beginners. The brand claims, “Highly pigmented, this gel formula delivers subtle to dramatic looks that are easy to apply, long-wearing, and won't smudge or fade.”. This intensely pigmented product has a good bendability. Pick up a controlled amount with a brush to line your waterline. This waterproof and sweat-resistant eyeliner can also be used in summer. However, it doesn’t come with a brush. The brand recommends customers pair it with the Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush. Though BOBBI BROWN LONG-WEAR GEL EYELINER is a bit pricey, it can be used for a long time, which is very cost-effective. Some customers with oily skin complain about smudging of this eyeliner, so it’s recommended to apply a primer and makeup setting product before use. Plus, remember to keep the lid on tight after use, because this formula is prone to drying out when exposed in air.
L'Oréal Paris has a wide range of well-received eyeliner products with good quality. If you’re a beginner, Infallible Lacquer Eyeliner will be your best bet. Available in 2 shades, this finely-milled, highly-pigmented eyeliner glides on effortlessly. You only need to dab a little with a brush for drawing lines. Infallible Lacquer Eyeliner is excellent in staying power and can be used in summer thanks to the waterproof and sweat-resistant formula. The brand claims, “A glossy, lacquered eye is now easier than ever to create. Liner 24H glides on smoothly for a clean, precise line that keeps an intense, high-shine finish from dawn to dusk. " Besides, this eyeliner comes with a brush with soft bristles, making it draw precise lines without irritating the eyelids, suitable for beginners to practice. In a nutshell, the affordable eyeliner is a cost-effective option. Though the eyeliner promises 24-hour wear, some customers complain that it smudges after a period of time. For this reason, we recommend applying a primer and makeup setting product first.
Kat Von D has a wide range of well-received products with excellent quality. Tattoo Liner, the star product of Kat Von D, has been voted as the most popular eyeliner by readers of Allure Magazine in 2017 and 2018. It’s a go-to item for both beginners and professional makeup artists. Tattoo Eyeliner is available in 2 highly pigmented shades. It is easy to create intensely-pigmented color that deliver a smokey eye look with a slight sheen. This oil-free formula is suitable for most skin types. With excellent staying power, Tattoo Eyeliner makes your eyes stay smudge free all day long. In 2018, a Twitter user said this eyeliner still looked flawless after a car accident. Aside from being used as an eyeliner, Tattoo Eyeliner is also a 1-Day Tattoo eye pencil. With vivid hues, it blend seamlessly into skin, ideal for drawing patterns. However, some customers complain that the tip is prone to drying out after applying several times, making it difficult to glide on. Therefore, we recommend placing the eyeliner tip side down to keep the brush moist. As the price point of Tattoo Liner is a bit higher, it’s recommended for those without worrying about budget.
The drugstore makeup brand NYX’s products feature rich shades and exceptional effects. Its eyeliners enjoy a good reputation. Epic Ink Liner is a star product of NYX and is available in 2 shades. The ultra-fine, soft eyeliner glides on smoothly without irritating the eyelids, ideal for beginners. The highly-pigmented formula draw lines precisely for creating different finishes. In a nutshell, the affordable Epic Ink Liner is a cost-effective option. A customer leaves her review after use, “I loved this product. It was so easy to put on. The lines are so precise and it's at a great price.”Though the brand claims that this eyeliner is waterproof, many customers say it’s not waterproof at all and wont’ stay all day. Therefore, to achieve a better finish, we recommended applying a primer and makeup setting product first.
Maybelline offers a wide variety of popular eye makeup products, including mascaras, eyeliners, etc. The Unstoppable Eyeliner is a pencil eyeliner that is available in 5 shades to suit different needs of makeup looks. The self-sharpening eyeliner won’t cause waste from sharpening. This highly-pigmented formula draws precise lines effortlessly. What’s more, the long-lasting, water-proof eyeliner makes your makeup stay put all day long. Ophthalmologist-tested, Unstoppable Eyeliner promises the safety for those with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. This affordable eyeliner is a cost-effective option, ideal for beginners. However, many customers doubt that the formula has been changed, because of the dry texture and breakable refill.
Stila has a wide range of popular eye makeup products with extraordinary quality. The bestseller Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is available in 14 shades, including conventional and bold colors to suit different needs of makeup looks. The ultra-fine eyeliner glides on smoothly to offer precision strokes for waterline to make your eyes look bigger. You don't need to worry about makeup separation even in the water, because it’s waterproof and long-lasting. A customer on Sephora leaves her review, “Good for Beginners!...This is really great liner for me...my eyelids are apparently very oily and this is really the only liner that will stay on properly all day.” However, some customers with oily skin complain about sticky feel after using. Therefore, we recommend applying a primer and makeup setting product first. Plus, some users say that it gets dry after a period of time, making it impossible to apply. For this reason, remember to place the eyeliner tip side down to keep the brush moist.
e.l.f Studio Cream Eyeliner is available in 3 shades: black, coffee and punk purple, to suit different needs. Compared to highly pigmented eyeliners, the cream eyeliner is easier to apply a controlled amount to offer precision strokes. The finely-milled, long-lasting formula not only leaves skin feeling silky smooth but also is waterproof and sweat-resistant. The brand claims, “Smudge-proof, budge-proof and water-resistant coverage for all day wear to combat against sweat, tears or rain!” Cream Eyeliner comes with a slanted flat brush, which helps draw a neat outer-v. Though its bristles are stiff, but it won’t scratch your skin, suitable for beginners to practice. The products of E.l.f are always at affordable prices, which are perfect for beginners. However, some customers complain that E.l.f Cream Eyeliner is hard to remove, so we recommend using a special eye and lip makeup remover.
With excellent quality, CT products are well-received, including its numerous eye products. The Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner is available in 2 shades. A customer leaves her review, “I also like how the eye liner is brown, because it is isn't messy taking it off. The brown eye liner looks lovely when it's on and also blends well with eye shadows.” This eyeliner comes with a ultra-fine and soft fiber tip brush that never irritates your eyelids. You can use it to line waterline and lash lines and to create a neat out-v to make your eyes look bigger. This highly pigmented product glides on smoothly and makes your makeup stay smudge free. This waterproof, long-lasting formula doesn’t smudge or fade throughout the day. However, some customers complain that it dries out after a period of time, making it impossible to apply. For this reason, we recommend placing the eyeliner tip side down to keep the brush moist. Plus, as the price point of THE FELINE FLICK is a bit higher, it’s recommended for those not a tight budget.
Wet n Wild provides a wide variety of eye products with good reputation and excellent quality. Felt Tip Eyeliner is available in 2 shades, Dark Brown and Black, which are enough for beginners. It comes with an ultra-fine, soft felt tip that won’t irritate your eyelids even you practice repeatedly. This highly-pigmented formula glides on effortlessly to draw precise or bold lines for both clear, natural eye look and sexy, glamorous "cat eyes”. The brand claims, “Its soft, finely-pointed felt tip gives you ultimate control over your look. Compact and fast-drying, this liner will have you out the door and looking fabulous in no time flat!”. However, many customers complain that this eyeliner is not very long-lasting and is prone to smudging. Therefore, we recommend applying a primer and makeup setting product first to make your makeup last longer. In a nutshell, this affordable eyeliner is a cost-effective choice perfect or beginners.
Eyeliner Stylo, a star product of Nars, is the winner of the 2013 Editor's Pick Awards on TotalBeauty.com. Eyeliner Stylo is available in 4 shades to suit different needs of makeup looks. This eyeliner is a go-to item for both beginners and makeup artists. The ultra-fine eyeliner glides on smoothly to offer precision strokes. Besides, as it is highly-pigmented, you just need to slightly apply it to leave a natural finish. Eyeliner Stylo promises 24-hour wear, but actually it doesn't seem to last that long. If you apply makeup setting products before use, it can perfectly meet the needs of daily use without separation. A customer leaves her review, “This eyeliner goes on very smooth and is easy to apply. Perfect for creating a wing effect. Lasts all day and is easy to remove with makeup removing wipes.” Eyeliner Stylo is a quick-drying eyeliner, so you need to use it carefully to prevent more unwanted applications. Fortunately, it can be easily removed with eye and lip makeup remover. Plus, as Eyeliner Stylo is a bit expensive, it is recommended for those not on a strict budget.
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