There is no need to massively splash out on an overly expensive eyeliner, it is widely known that makeup artists look for their eyeliners at everyday health and beauty stores. However there is still a wide selection of Choice to suit you if your looking for a sharp wing/corner flick, a grunge look or trendy graphic lines, the options are overwhelming.
Whatever your looking to achieve with your next eye liner, consider how precise you want your lines to be for example if you want to smudge or smoke out your eyeliner or if you need a waterproof formula. Eyeliners are available in all sorts of colourways that can blend in with your eye makeup Look or make a stand out statement.
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Read on for the best affordable eyeliners.
Best Overall: L’Oréal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner (£6.99)
This felt tip eyeliner has built a strong cult following, the combination of its precise felt tip, true black ink, and versatility has proved itself to be simply unbeatable.
This one trusty liner can take your look from subtle to bold, Depending on the pressure you apply, you can create anything from a super fine line to a dramatic wing thanks to its flexible felt tip.
Best Budget: NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner (£9.00)
This eyeliner Features a slim, smooth brush tip, it disperses the pigment onto your lids with ease, there’s no tugging, dragging, or skipping. Due to the nature of the applicator, you can control the thickness of the line, so it’s super versatile depending on whether you want a fine, more natural look or if you’re feeling something a bit more bold.
Best for Beginners: Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Eyeliner (£9.35)
Enter this unique, water gun-like applicator that fits into the contours of your palm. Now you can count on this ergonomic tool for fool-proof application. One swipe and you’re done. Plus, the rich black paint glides right on and really stays put from day-to-night.
Best for Cat-Eye: Maybelline Master Precise All Day Liquid Eyeliner Makeup (£4.29)
For the ultimate cat eye, this is a super-rich black that has the most precise fine point for getting the shape exactly how you want.
Best for Hooded Eyes: L’Oréal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner (£8.57)
While hooded eyes are seriously sultry, and of course, gorgeous, more often than not your eyeliner smudges, flakes off, or disappears as the day goes on. We thought so too until we discovered this budget-friendly option from L’Oreal.
This mechanical pencil dispenses a rich, creamy color that doesn’t flake or fade throughout the day.
Best for Smokey Eye: L’Oréal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner (£45.84)
These are great for a smudgy rock-and-roll feeling or to layer under your shadow for an easy smoky eye.
Best for Tightlining: Wet n Wild MegaSlim Skinny Tip Eyeliner ($5.91)
Tightlining—when you apply eyeliner to the spaces between your lashes—can make your eyes seriously pop, but it is also totally tricky to master. Luckily, this liner from Wet n Wild features a tip thin enough to make the tightlining game feel seamless. The micro point allows you to get all up in the little spaces, making your lashes look voluminous and eyes appear wider. Now you can achieve fluttery fullness whether you’re a pro or beginner.
Best Gel: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (£8.99)
If you need an eyeliner with intense pigment and staying power, try a gel formula like this Maybelline one. Gel eyeliners might look intimidating, but in reality, they’re super easy to use and often recommended for eyeliner beginners. The surprisingly creamy consistency paints lids with a smooth and even trace.
it’s super gentle and won’t irritate even the most sensitive eyes.
Best Liquid: Almay Liquid Eyeliner (£16.85)
This eyeliner is great because it has a super-smooth, inky formula to create the perfect cat eye that won’t ever smudge or bleed.
Best Pencil: CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eyeliner (£4.97)
With a pencil’s many uses, it’s important that it delivers on a few points. One, it must be creamy enough to smudge. Two, blending is important, but it also has to be powerful enough to stay put. Three, rich pigment is a must. This “perfect blend” truly lives up to its name and offers all of the above.
Runner-Up, Best Pencil: Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Pencil ($6.33)
The formulation is like silk with a ton of pigment and stays put as long as you want it to.
It’s so fine that you can create a cat-eye with it, and it layers really beautifully. For smoky eyes, I think it’s all about getting that lash line completely saturated in color, and this liner lets me reach all the little areas in between lashes that can be almost impossible to get with other pencils.
Best Waterproof: Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer (£3.99)
this waterproof option for the person that likes to be prepared at all times.
Whether you’re watching a tearjerker Netflix movie or heading to a pool party, you can always count on this long-lasting color to be locked in until you’re ready to take it off.
Best Shimmer: Iman Cosmetics Perfect Eye Pencil in Black Shimmer (£10.11)
There’s nothing wrong with a classic black or brown eyeliner, but reach for this slightly shimmering pencil when you want something a little extra. The creamy formula glides on smoothly without streaking or smearing.
Best Self-Sharpening: Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner (£12.99)
It’s super long-lasting, smudge-proof, and waterproof. I like that it’s in self-sharpening packaging, so it’s always the perfect point.”
Best White: Prestige Eyeliner Pencil in White (£7.00)
it’s the ultimate quick fix to one of the worst, life-sucking feelings—hangovers. If you’ve ever had to go to work the morning after a late-night, you can understand that barely-there, bloodshot look. next time you’re stumbling into the office, fake awake by lining your waterlines with a trace of white.
On the artistry side, a white liner helps amp up other colors. Let’s say you want to take on the daring green liner trend. Before applying your emerald, rim your eyes with white. Creating a blank canvas will make any color you layer on top seriously pop.