Your makeup routine will always be subject to change thanks to the constant rhythm of trends, new innovations and the natural evolution of personal preference. But, the one product that has proven to withstand the test of time over and over again is black eyeliner. This makeup staple can be used to create definition, enhance your lashes and even create the illusion of a different eye shape.
It’s the obligatory finishing touch to top off any eye makeup look, which is why the abundance of black eyeliner offerings come as no surprise. With so many options out there, it can be hard to pinpoint the best black eyeliner that can take you from day to night sans smearing or fading.
So, we're here to guide you in the right direction. Take notes as we narrow down the best black eyeliner options at the drugstore for winged eyeliner looks, smoked-out lower lash lines and everything in between.
The Best Black Liquid Eyeliner
When it comes to liquid eyeliner, what separates the mediocre ones from the great ones is the applicator and how long-wearing the formula is. Enter the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof, with smudge-proof, waterproof, 30-hour wear, ultra-pigmented color and a precise felt tip, it checks every box as the perfect liquid eyeliner. The pointed tip glides across the skin without skipping, so you can achieve the perfect winged eyeliner in a single, controlled swipe.
How to use it: Starting at the outer corner, create the shape of your liner and swipe it across the top lid until you reach the inner corner.
The Best Black Eyeliner for the Waterline
If you want to line your waterline for the ultimate sultry, punk-makeup look, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner is your best bet. This pencil eyeliner comes in handy to create long-lasting, smudge-proof strokes.
How to use it: Apply the pencil eyeliner starting at the inner corner of your lower lash line and glide the pencil until you reach the outer corner.
The Best Black Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner
When it comes to eyeliner, or any eye makeup product for that matter, longevity (and no smudging) is key for a flawless look. If you’re not fond of your makeup being ruined by the rain, sweat or oily eyelids, reach for a waterproof black eyeliner like the L’Oréal Paris Le Liner Signature Easy-Glide Mechanical Eyeliner, Waterproof. The smudge-proof, waterproof formula won’t flake or fade throughout the day, plus, there’s no need to worry about sharpening the pencil — just twist up the mechanical eye pencil as needed.
How to use it: Apply the liner along your upper and lower lash lines from the inner to the outer corner of the eye.
The Best Black Eyeliner for Winged Eyeliner
If graphic eye looks are your go-to, then you know the gravity of a precise and ultra-pigmented eyeliner. Enter the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner, designed with a pointed brush tip, it’s perfect for creating a flawless eye look sans smudging. Best of all, this eyeliner comes equipped with a removable winged eyeliner stencil to help you achieve a sharp wing every time you do your makeup.
How to use it: Start by placing the stencil on the outer edge of your eye, laying it flat against the skin. Fill in the stencil to draw the wing, then gently remove the stencil, and continue the line across your upper lash line.
The Best Quick-Dry Black Eyeliner
For days when you’re pressed for time, you need an eyeliner that dries quickly and creates steady lines. This is where the L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner comes into play. It’s designed with an ultra-fine tip and a quick-dry formula, helping you draw sleek lines and complete your makeup look in a moment’s time.
How to use it: Begin at the inner corner of your lid and apply the eyeliner to your upper lash line, continuing outward until it’s complete.
The Best Black Eyeliner for Mature Eyes
Powered by mineral pigments and a waterproof formula, the smudge-proof, L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Satin Glide Eyeliner with Mineral Pigments is designed with mature skin in mind. The non-drying finish is suitable for sensitive eyes and the rubber grip makes for easy application every time you do your eye makeup.
How to use it: Gripping the rubber applicator, apply the liner along the upper lash line starting from the inner corner of the eye, working outwards. Repeat this process on the lower lash line if desired.
Edited by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photo credit: Chaunte Vaughn
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