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The 5 Eyeliners Every Woman Should Own

We have half a dozen white tees to suit any styling need, from boxy and casual for the beach to slim and silky for work. The same variety-minded philosophy applies to our makeup collection—especially when it comes to eyeliner. "Different liners suit different styles and create distinct effects,” says LA-based makeup artist Azra Red. In that spirit, it’s time to reach beyond your go-to kohl and fill out your liner "wardrobe," if you will.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner

The Look: Smoky Eye

The Liner: Pencil
Azra Says: "For a fast smoky look, use a black or gray pencil on your top and bottom lash lines. Blend the color with a smudger or your finger until it’s soft and shadowy.”
Our Pick: Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner. This creamy pencil is easy to apply and doesn’t fade. You won’t see the same precision with pencil that you will with liquids or gels, which is why they’re great for that smudgy effect.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

The Look: Graphic Eye

The Liner: Liquid
Azra Says: "If you know how to use a sharpie, you can use a pen-style liquid liner. Best of all, it truly stays put all day."
Our Pick: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Liquid liner will give you the inkiest, most dramatic pigment, and the most precise line. Look for one with a pen-style applicator; it’ll be easiest to control. We love Eyeko’s version, which has an ultrafine tip. The formula dries quickly, so work fast and use makeup remover and a q-tip to correct any mistakes.

Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner

The Look: Cat Eye

The Liner: Gel
Azra Says: “A gel liner can be much more forgiving since you can move the formula around even if you mess up, and it's perfect for creating sleek cat eyes.”
Our Pick: Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner. The first ever gel liner inside a pen tip applicator, Benefit’s latest launch is simple to use and allows you to get superclose to your lashline. Best of all, the tip was specifically engineered to help you effortlessly create the perfect flick—no more worrying about uneven wings!

Marcelle Eye Shadow Quad

The Look: Tightlining

The Liner: Powder
Azra Says: “Tightlining is a makeup artist trick that’s often referred to as ‘invisible liner’ because it shouldn’t look like you’re wearing any eyeliner at all.”
Our Pick: Marcelle Eye Shadow Quad. Never underestimate the versatility of a rich, black shadow. Using a flat eyeliner brush, press and wiggle the black shadow up and into your lashes, depositing the pigment to fill in any gaps in your lashline. This will make your lashes look fuller without seeing a distinct line.

Smashbox Cosmetics Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner

The Look: Waterlined Eyes

The Liner: Waterproof
Azra Says: “The texture is soft and creamy—perfect for rimming your water line."
Our Pick: Smashbox Cosmetics Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner. It’s a common misconception that you need a lot of makeup to bring attention to your eyes—simply apply this bold black liner to your lower waterline. The waterproof formula is a superior choice for this breezy task because it stays put.

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