Top Eyeliners of 2016

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24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay

Eyeliner can change your whole look with just a swipe. When it comes to eyeliner, you have a few options to choose from. Different types of eyeliners can help you achieve looks from a sharp, bold cat eye to a simple, smoldering line. Unfortunately, there is not one liner that can do it all. So if you've found yourself investing in different types of liner, you are not a crazy makeup hoarder, just adventurous! There are four options when it comes to eyeliner: liquid, gel/cream, pencil and eyeshadow.

Pencil liner is the most common out of the bunch because it is the easiest to use. Because pencil eyeliner is just like using an actual pencil, you have more control over what you are doing. They often come as wooden pencils or in a plastic, twist-up tube. Although this type of eyeliner is easy to use, is commonly found and comes in a variety of colors, it is not going to provide you with a sharp, bold line like other varieties. But it is perfect for smoking out any eye look or to use on your waterline.

A great option for a pencil eyeliner is 24/7 Glide–On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay (with 37 different shades), which retails for $20 at Sephora


Gel or cream liners are great for a bold, sharp look. The formula is often velvety smooth and easy to spread across your lid. Just like the pencil, it is great to use for a smoky eye and smudging for a softer look. Gel liner is also very versatile in how you apply it and use it. Often times, a gel/cream eyeliner will come in a pot with a fine tip or angled brush, but using a pencil liner to apply the product will allow more precision. After applying as top liner, you can smudge the remaining liner near your bottom lashes. Most gel liners work great on the waterline, but just be careful not to have any chunks of product on the end of your applicator. Gel/cream liners are also great for eyeshadow bases.

MAC Fluidline

MAC Fluidline Liner is probably the most popular gel liner out there with 18 different shades. Available at MAC stores for $16.50.


Eyeshadow might seem like a strange choice for eyeliner, but it actually works pretty well. Plus, it's a great way to get more use out of your different shadow colors. The best way to apply it is with an angled brush fine tip brush. Simply sweep the brush across the shadow and apply. For a more opaque finish, wet your brush with water before dipping into your eyeshadow. You won't be able to get a super bold look this way, but this is great for those who love subtle and natural looks.


Maybelline makes great pigments that make any eyes pop, in a variety of 12 colors. Available on Amazon for around $3 to $5.


Liquid liner is the most popular liner to use nowadays. However, it is also the most difficult to use as it can get messy easily and any sudden movement can hinder the application. Liquid liner comes in a variety of forms. Brush tip liquid liner is essentially like using a thin paint brush across your lid. The formula is often matte and takes some time to dry. This kind of liner is easy to remove, but unfortunately that means it does not wear as long and tends to flake off.

Using felt tip liquid liner is easier to control and is great for winging out your liner. The felt tip allows you to create thin and thick lines easily with great precision. Usually this kind of liner is waterproof which makes it harder to remove. Also, unlike brush tip liner, felt tip requires layers in order to reach full opacity. 

Elizabeth MottStila

Some great options for liquid liners are You're So Fine by Elizabeth Mott, which comes in Black and Glitterati (black with silver glitter). Available at Elizabeth Mott for $18. Or tru Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner by Stila, which comes in 15 shades. Available at Sephora for $22.