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    20 Eyeliners That I Swear Are Basically Impossible To Mess Up

    Complicated tutorials are too scary — why not just use a product that does all the work for you?

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    1. Vogue Effects Eyeliner Stamps streamline your routine to literally a mere moment by simply stamping on pro-level cat eye wings. Will you get all the credit? Obviously.

    It has two sides: one that has a stamp to MAKE. THE. WINGS. FOR. US — !!!!!!!!!! and another side to draw a steady, smudge-proof line that's extremely hard to mess up thanks to its thick felt tip. It's even available in three sizes so you can choose the thickness of your wings!

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat-eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot. Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out....but to my surprise it was perfect. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean, crisp line." —LadyMeow

    Get a pack of two (one for each eye) from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye".

    2. Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner prefers the minimalist approach — at least when it comes to its fine, fine tip. Its super skinny applicator allows total control and a neat finish, while its long-lasting color formula will stay in place all darn day. No smears, fears, or tears here.


    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best liquid eyeliner I have ever used. The brush is really thin so it is easy to avoid making the line too thick. I’ve been using this product for years!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74+ (available in seven shades).

    3. Maybelline Curvitude Liner keeps your hand and your morning *on track*. Its angled tip hugs the curve of your eye to stay precisely on the lash line, while its ultra-fine tip makes even perfectionists swoon.


    Did I mention its long-lasting finish?

    Promising review: "I love this liner! I was hoping the curve would make it easier to apply. It certainly fills that task! I always used to take a chance that I would get a sloppy line and have to start over. This almost always makes a perfect line, and I am disabled so I can't stress enough how great this is for me!" —clynh

    Get it from Amazon for $5.84.

    4. Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow and Liner makes creating a dramatic cat-eye totally foolproof thanks to its creamy, blendable formula that creates bold, thick lines. Plus, it comes in a whopping 30 shades so you can get creative!

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! It glides on so smoothly — no tugging at all! For maybe 10 seconds, I can smudge it and blend it, and then it sets and lasts all day. It doesn't crease on my oily lids, even without a base. I took a shower with this on, including washing my hair and face (minus the eye area), and when I came out it was still there! I got four shades: kaki, turquoise, violet, and gold. All frou were vibrant, pigmented, and had a great sheen." —mangothemango

    Get it from Sephora for $14 (available in 23 shades in matte, glitter, and shimmer).

    5. NYX Epic Ink Liner checks off all the boxes needed to win the champion drugstore title: it's super-pigmented (this ink is blacker than black), has a smooth formula for easy application, and boasts a tip so fine, you can play with graphic line designs.

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    This is a great dupe for higher-end eyeliners! Its waterproof formula is SUPER long-lasting, plus its flexible brush tips lets you decide the thickness of your lines.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic eyeliner. "I was never very good at applying a cat eye, but this is eyeliner makes it incredibly easy for me to get it on my first try." Additionally, it absolutely is waterproof. I've worn this through long workouts and my eyeliner didn't run at all!" —megs

    Get it from Amazon for $6.30.

    To learn more, check out "This $6 Liquid Eyeliner Gives You The Best Cat Eyes Of Your Life". And! See why this won best lowest-priced liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil encourages even makeup novices to get a little playful with their ~look~. Its velvety-soft formula makes it incredibly easy (and satisfying!) to apply and blend — all before drying in just 30 seconds!

    ANDDD! It moisturizes your lids, thanks to jojoba oil, vitamin E, and cottonseed oil. Did I mention it'll last ~24 hours~? What can't this do?!

    Promising review: "I have five different colors. They go on easily and last all day without smudging. I will never buy another brand of eyeliner." —cfletcher

    Get it from Ulta for $22 (available in 27 shades).

    7. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner wins over just about everyone thanks to its versatility and long-lasting formula. Its marker-like tip and smooth formula are specifically designed to suit beginners and pros alike and create anything from thin, precise cat-eyes to thick, dramatic looks., Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Plus it's waterproof and lasts allllll day!

    Promising review: "This eyeliner is so easy to apply that the blind can use it! I'm legally blind and do my makeup by feel. Eyeliner is the hardest to do so I've gone without for years. I decided to give this one a shot based on the reviews and was not disappointed. It came out great and was so easy to apply! I'm so happy to be wearing eyeliner again!" —Lowe Family

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in two styles and nine shades).

    To learn more, check out "Stila Makes The Best Liquid Eyeliner, Fight Me". And! See why this won best mid-priced liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner solves shaky hand worries with its extra-thick tip that creates big, bold lines. Plus, its easy-to-handle chunky shape makes steady application actually doable.

    Plus! Its formula is smudge-proof and conditioned with algae extract.

    Promising review: "I am a beginner with liquid eyeliner, and this was the product I used to practice. The chunky handle makes this easy to hold since I have shaky hands and helped me apply my first eyeliner look. I have oily lids, yet the product stayed on all day, and only came off when I wiped it off with a micellar water. It didn't flake or crumble. If you like a thick line and dramatic look, I recommend this." —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    9. Tarte Easy On The Eyes Clay Liner g l i d e s over your lids for an experience that's nothing short of incredibly satisfying. Its creamy (and super vibrant) clay formula not only lets you swipe and go, but lasts for 16 hours so you can show off your new "skills".


    And it comes with a twist-top and built-in sharpener so you can always create a crisp line. ANDD it's waterproof!

    Promising review: "These are the best eyeliners I have used to date. They go on super easily with no tugging, and are creamy. But when they dry, they are completely waterproof — I have allergies so this is very important. I bought the golden plum, bronze, and burgundy, and they are very pigmented. I highly recommend them." —Veronica

    Get it from Tarte for $19 (available in seven shades).

    10. Nykkola Makeup Leopard Shell Liquid Eyeliner has already earned a cult following for its unbeatable quality for being a whopping $3. It's precise, long-lasting, super opaque, and makes sharp cat-eyes actually easy for us rookies. My mascara is definitely running, because I am CRYING rn.,

    If you like super opaque coloring this is your new BFF. Plus it's pen-like applicator makes ~winging it~ easy even for us rookies

    Promising review: "I have been winged challenged forever. I love the look of a nice black cat eye, but the technique has always escaped me. This tool is amazing! The tip is firm so you have lots of control and the actual liner is a nice intense black that dries down matte. I quickly stocked up on more of these because I'm thinking holy grail." —Tiarra Reyes

    Get it from Amazon for $2.82.

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Think This $1.50 Eyeliner Is As Good As Designer Brands".

    11. Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner Pencil *doubles* your confidence when it comes to achieving pro-like looks, courtesy of its duo-ended design. Its built-in eyeliner sharpener ensures precise application, while its contoured smudger allows you to soften and blend. Talk about a dream team.

    Plus, its formula of olive oil and shea butter conditions your skin and helps the tip glide smoothly.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best eyeliner I have ever used. It has a super easy and soft application. It's a hell of a price compared to drugstores. Plus, Neutrogena is tried-and-true as safe for sensitive skin like my own." —My 3 Boyzz

    Get it from Amazon for $7.14+ (available in three shades).

    12. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner fights sweat, water, or really any natural element so it can look freshly applied all 👏 darn 👏 day. AND its superfine and flexible brush makes sure your application is easily ~on point~. Basically, this cult-favorite is here for you through thick and thin (and everything in-between).

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    This baby's fade-, melt-, crack-, and run-resistant finish has earned 8,801 five-star reviews so you know it's worth the $$$! AND its pigmentation demands the word "black" to be redefined — it's that satisfyingly dark. Plus it's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "This is the best liner EVER. I went to Sephora to purchase this after I saw all of the great reviews on here — you chicas were right, this liner is phenominal. The tip allows very detailed and precise lines; it's very easy to make a subtle thin line or even a cat-eye. It lasts, too. I wore it on a hot humid New York day where I was helping host a gathering and this did not budge not one bit." —lovelivelaugh

    Get it from Sephora for $20.

    To learn more, check out "I Swear, Even If You Suck At Makeup, You Can Master The Cat Eye With This Liquid Eyeliner".

    13. Lorac Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner ~hands~ over total control so you can easily guide its tip over your lash line. Its flexible tip is designed to glide smoothly and deliver a bold, precise finish. And! It's water-resistant in case you cry tears of joy.

    Promising review: "This is by far the best eyeliner I've ever used. I simply love the ease of this liner. If you are someone who has trouble applying liner, this is your product. When we get older, it is harder to find a product that is easy to apply, looks good and stays looking good all day. This is your product. It glides on easily, is a liquid so there is no pulling of the eyelid, stays on, and you can put it between the lashes, under or on top of them with ease. This is one product that I will continue to order over and over and over. I love it." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23 (available in four shades).

    14. Docolor Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner gives you pro-like effects on a drugstore budget thanks to its super-fine brush that effortlessly creates clean lines. Tl;dr: if you're a perfectionist on a budget, this is for you.


    Plus it's smudge- and waterproof AND long-lasting!

    Promising review: "Let me start off by saying I've been doing winged liner for over five years and have tried many liners. This liner for the price point and being a pen liquid liner is great. I've worn it from morning to night and it still looks fresh. The tip of the pen is not too hard or soft. If you are starting to wing your liner I recommend using this first. I will continue to purchase this liner." —marcella

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four shades).

    15. Clio Sharp So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner fills in lashes so easily, you'll wonder why you were ever nervous (just repress any prior failed attempts). Its 2mm tip ensures you draw thin, precise lines before you even have time to mess up. AND it's smudge-proof so your not-so-hard work will last all day.


    Promising review: "I can't tell you how much I love this eyeliner! It is so easy to use and it goes on so well! I wear contacts so waterproof eyeliner is a must. Often times when eyeliner says it's waterproof, it's not true or it's only partially waterproof — well this stuff really is. But it comes off easily when you want it to. I have had a hard time getting my eyeliner to go on right and this has been a Godsend for me. It doesn't smudge like the ones I've been using before; it's great!" —Reay Clan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.55+ (available in four shades).

    16. Maybelline Eyestudio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner takes beginners by the ~hand~ and makes drawing sharp, beautiful lines actually manageable, all thanks to its ultra-thin and precise point (we're talking 0.4 millimeters). Good riddance, 15-minute YouTube tutorials.,

    Plus, its waterproof, smudge-proof, lasts up to 12 hours!

    Promising review: "I have been a big fan of liquid liner for well over 10 years. Never has applying liquid been so simple! It glides on quickly and effortlessly, and can create either bold, smooth lines or subtle, thin lines. The sharp point will make it easy for you to become a pro at the cat eye. The staying power is fabulous: I apply it at 5 a.m. and it still looks perfect at 5 p.m.." —Allison

    Get it from Amazon for $5.60 (available in three shades).

    17. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner paints you a picture of how easy it is to draw a sharp wing with nothing more than its whipped, creamy formula and angled brush. Did I mention it lasts for 12 hours and is ~humidity-resistant~? Color me impressed.

    Bobbi Brown, Sephora

    AND it's waterproof and sweat-resistant. This was actually my first-ever eyeliner when I was in high school and it made it SO EASY to create neat cat-eyes! If I 15-year-old me can do it, you can definitely do it.

    Promising review: "Sometimes, I want more precision than a pencil can offer. That's where this liner comes in. I like doing a cat-eye every once in a while, and this helps me achieve the look i'm going for. It's seriously easy to apply and so creamy. I do find that I have to layer over it a bit to get a darker color, but it works very well nonetheless. Also, unless you mistakenly rub your eyes, this liner won't budge on my oily eyelids. Nor does it crease up into my eyelids or brow bone." —makeupjunkienew

    Get it from Seophora for $27 (available in five shades).

    18. Soap and Glory Supercat Rollerdisc Precision Eyeliner spins its long-lasting formula in one smooth application — literally. Its roller applicator glides effortlessly while delivering a pigmented finish so achieving an even look doesn't require a ~wing and a prayer~.

    That's right! Its tip is actually a spinning disk to make things easy.

    Promising review: "I couldn't wait to try the new eyeliner wheels and this one was the best priced one I could find. The first time I used it I was amazed at how incredibly easy it was to get a straight, smooth perfect line! I always have trouble getting a perfect liquid line, and with this product it was super easy and fast. I will be buying more." —Amie

    Get it from Ulta for $12 (available in two shades).

    19. Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner sets designer brands on a run for their money, courtesy of its comparable deep-black formula that creates bold, thick lines AND its ability to make application totally pain-free. Quick-dry formula and super sharp tip? Take. My. Money.,

    Promising review: "After several months of using this eyeliner, I have to say it is fantastic — I love this eyeliner. It has become one of my favorite staples. The brush tip is very fine and precise, and allows for an ​easy and smooth application of thin to thick lines, does not smudge, dries quickly, and is slightly matte. It is also great for creating sharp lines for that perfect cat-eye. It tends to last all day, but can also be removed with ease. The pigmentation of the eyeliner is a true deep black." —WilmaHi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.82.

    20. Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Eyeliner enlists the help of an ergonomic curved handle and fine felt-tip point to show you how easy it can be to make bold wings when the tool is already pointed in the right direction. Gone are the days of spending 30 minutes of mirror pep talks.,

    Promising review: "This eyeliner has made is very easy to use liquid liner. I am not good with makeup in general so I love how easily I can apply this." —amy smith

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39.

    And don't forget to check out our BuzzFeed Reviews research on the best liquid eyeliners out there that we tried and tested ourselves!


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