Eyeliners are a fundamental part of many everyday makeup routines, and they make all the difference. The issue with having great eyeliner in the morning is the uncertainty of having it last throughout the day. A barrage of factors can make or break your wing, from the oil on your eyelids, to sweat, heat, crying over a sad movie, or accidentally rubbing your eyes. The last thing you want is for your liner to fail when encountering any of these scenarios, and leave you looking like a racoon.

So instead of shooting in the dark the next time you’re shopping, here’s a list of the 6 best eyeliners to suit your needs.

1
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in "77"

If you’re looking for an inky black, budge-proof gel eyeliner that is smooth to apply, look no further than Inglot’s “77”. The formula is creamy but creaseproof, and unlike many gel liners, doesn’t flake after drying down. It’s also waterproof. Even if it dries out, you only need a drop of Duraline or eye drops to resuscitate it.

Available at Inglot stores

2
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Easily one of the best brush-tipped liquid eyeliners around, the Stila Stay All Day pen is extremely precise and easy to use. Achieve anything from the thinnest flick to a thick cat-eye with this eyeliner that really does stay on throughout the day.

Available at Sephora

3
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner has truly transformed the way we wear glitter. Its is packed with glitter particles, with a glue base that isn’t uncomfortable to have on your lids. Layer it with black eyeliner for a graphic look, or apply it all over your eyelids to instantly bring dimension to your eyeshadow.

Available at Urban Decay

4
Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner

Anyone fond of bold, thick eyeliner and felt-tipped applicators should give the Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner a try. The tip, like its namesake, is fat, but tapered enough so you can draw a wing in no time at all.

Available at Sephora

5
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

Finding a good coloured eyeliner is hard enough, but looking for one that won’t vanish from your waterline seems borderline impossible. Until this Marc Jacobs Beauty pencil liner came along. Available in three finishes — matte, shimmer and satin — and too many colours to count, the Highliner is one that glides on your waterline evenly, and stays on, even when you’ve got watery eyes. Definitely holy grail material.

Available at Sephora

6
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen

Not one for coloured eyeliner, but still want something that works? Then try the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen. It comes in two straightforward colours, dark brown and black, and has top-notch lasting power. Formulated without parabens, mineral oils or preservatives, this eyeliner is great for anyone with sensitive eyelids.

Available at Sephora

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.