For a relatively simple product that we love to use so regularly, it’s strange how it can be quite difficult to find one that best meets our needs.

Eyeliner pencils, like mascaras and concealers, are one of the few go-to items in makeup pouches that require a fair bit of testing before you find the perfect formula. Add humidity to the equation and your journey to finding the perfect one is easily fraught with many a smudged, deranged look. Trust us, we know.

A good eyeliner can awaken and define eyes, or can be used to create a dramatic feline flick or smokey look. But like the rest of your face, the eye area is delicate real estate, so you’ll want to make sure that whichever you choose not only glides like a dream, but also stays put for the rest of the day.

Nearly every beauty brand offers one, but they’re not all created equal, so we’ve sussed out some of the best eyeliner pencils that you should be rimming your lash lines with for that sultry, come-hither look, even with your mask on.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil

As one of the world’s most sought-after makeup artists, Pat McGrath knows a thing or two about what a good eyeliner pencil should look and feel like. Her very own Permagel pencil has a slightly powdery yet still creamy texture that’s similar to that of gel liner, so expect a smooth, highly pigmented application with every stroke. Its formulation also allows for ample time to smudge and diffuse before setting into a long-lasting matte finish for a smokey eye look.

THB 1100
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Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil

Lining the waterline with a subpar pencil truly is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. For this age-old conundrum, Urban Decay has specially formulated a pencil that immediately sets as soon as you apply it so that it’ll neither flake into your eyes upon application nor rub off all over (in a terribly unsexy way). The super creamy, semi-matte pencil was, after all, specially formulated for this sensitive area, so you won’t have to worry about irritation from nasty chemicals either. 

THB 900
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eyeliner

A genius combination of gel eyeliner with the ease of a pencil, the Highliner is an extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner that delivers intense colour payoff with every glide. Although super-malleable, the pencil is still capable of flawless precise lines, with conditioning vitamin E and roseship seed oil to keep the delicate area nourished. The series comes in an array of richly pigmented shades in shimmery hues or matte finishes. 

THB 990
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