Best Drugstore Black Eyeliner Types and Applying Tips

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Eyeliners are one of those beauty products that you just can’t have enough of: in your home makeup bag, in your car, travel makeup bag, heck even one for the office -why not?

How to wear black eyeliner
How to apply them?

Black eyeliners are the ultimate LBDs of the make-up world. Their simplicity, versatility and their ability to take you from day to night time is the reason behind their mark as a beauty staple in the makeup world.

And as beauty lovers, we all want just to touch up a little on our makeup and BAM! Get that svelte, Kylie Jenner-esque from day to night time looks.


Just like LBDs, there are several varieties of black eyeliners, selecting the best brands can be quite tricky.

Depending on the effects and longevity of the look you are looking for, picking the perfect one should be easy for you.

The consumer make-up world is swamped with a variety of categories, designed for specific uses to dress up your eyes to perfection.

Here are the types of eyeliners uses and the pros and cons

1. Pencil

If there one beauty product you should always have in your make-up kit, it’s the regular pencil eyeliner. This is a hybrid of kajal and Kohl (dry and creamy formula) notes bellatory.


It is perfect for creating versatile looks from applying to the waterline, creating wispy sharp edges and if the tip is sharp, even a cat-eye. Perfect for subtle everyday looks.

You can easily trace the pencil eyeliner on your upper and lower lash lines and then gently smudge it. Apply it on your waterline or add some dashes on your lashes to give you added darkness and a natural look.

2. Liquid

The liquid eyeliner comes in two options one with a brush tip and that with a felt-tip marker. They are perfect for giving you flaw-some perfect, edges, especially for your cat eye, looks as they create sharp wispy flawless lines to give you the power to pull off your favorite make-up icon-esque. Additionally, they are famous for their smudge-proof nature.

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precision Ink Pen
Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precision Ink Pen – Liquid

Marker tip types are simpler to use as compared to the nail-polish looking vials notes style caster. Works by simply drawing the shapes you want and filling in with the applicator.

Liquid eyeliner is amazing for drawing sharp edges and lines which are perfect for flattering the upper lash line.

The felt-tip liquid eyeliner option is perfect for creating patterns and shapes around the eyes as they give you more control if you can steady your hands. Additionally, they are perfect for creating savvy cat-eye effect since it allows you to trace thin and sharp lines depending on how you handle the felt-tip.

Cons: creating a smoky eye with them can be quite challenging as it dries up pretty quickly making it difficult to smudge it around before it dries up. And the liquid consistency can be messy especially when trying to achieve clean and precise looks.

3. Gel

If you are looking for thicker lines, gels are perfect because of their creamy, waxy consistency. To apply them all you need is an eyeliner brush or q-tip.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel 77
Inglot AMC Gel 77

Gel eyeliners give clean, exact lines due to their thickness and accurate brush applicator. Creamy waxy consistency makes it super easy to work with them notes style caster.

It is applied using a brush which comes with the product but you can use any that you want, preferably go for angled brushes.

The fact that this type of eyeliner is made of wax, it is perfect for a long-lasting look and best part about it, its waterproof! Hence it will not come off easily unless now you take it off.

While they are waterproof and safe to be applied to the waterline, it is very challenging to do so. But instead of using a q-tip or brush, you could take a pencil liner; dip it in the gel eyeliner then smudge it on your waterline to avoid getting teary and bloodshot eyes.

They have a tendency to dry out and without the brush, you’re screwed

3. Kajal

Consider this type as a dried-up, cone-shaped marker, you can’t use it while it’s dry, add some moisture and presto!

Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil - Blackest Black
 Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal Pencil – Blackest Black

Kajal eyeliners compared to pencil last longer and it’s not creamy therefore will not smudge as easily even when applied to the waterline.

4. Kohl pencil

Unlike other pencil and kohl eyeliners are famous for their creamy nature. The creaminess of the kohl makes them more susceptible to smudge easily notes bellatory, but this makes them perfect for creating savvy Smokey eyes without pulling at the eyes.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eye Liner
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl

They are super easy and awesome to apply in the waterline and it doesn’t make your eyes teary.

Cons:  They crimp easily and don’t last long.

How to apply black eyeliner

One day you perfectly nail that smoky eye with perfect geometric swoops and flicks, the next day…not even close.  Sounds familiar? At one point we all have a love-hate relationship when it comes to dressing our eyes to perfection.

Just like everything else, mastering the perfect eyeliner technique requires time and practice.

Black eyeliners are perfect for creating a flattering look by increasing depth and thickness for your lashes.

When applying them you should put into consideration the size of your eyelids notes Paula’s choice :

  1. Larger eyelids go for thicker but softer lines
  2. Smaller eyelids: focus on adding some definition to your eyelids by going for thin intense lines
  3. Hooded eyes: concentrate on lining the upper lash with a thin line, tight lining between the eyelashes and applying mascara to flatter the eyes.
  4. Droopy eyes: go for looks that create the illusion for thicker lashes and draw attention to the highest point of the eyeliner: achieve this by drawing a thin line from the inner corner of the eyelid and thicken it outward towards the edge with a slight swoop.

Tip to slay a perfect winged eye

The best type to give you perfect wings is the liquid. With all the fashion advice going around, creating the wing eye effect seem pretty simple, but for those who have tried, we know how difficult it is to achieve.

Tapered or felt-tip liquid eyeliner is best to draw the sharp lines, thick or thin across your lash line and stop just in the outer corner. Then place the tip at the point where you want your wing to be and swoop it back to where you want it to meet your eyeliner and connect it to your initial drawn eyeliner lines.

Best drugstore brands

We can really never have enough when thinking of buying eyeliner and don’t know what is best for you?

Consider the following to make sure that you get your money’s worth and choose the best brand:

1. Gel: perfect for cat eyes

  • Inglot AMC  Gel 77

2. Liquid 

Perfect for creating precise and delicate looks especially lines that easily swoop or flick.

  • Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precision Ink Pen
  • Almay Liquid
  • Milani Liquid Eye Liquid
  • L’ Oreal infallible the super slim
  • Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Liner

3. Pencil

We all love to try out the smoky eye look, and you just can’t achieve this look without regular pencil black eyeliner

  • Maybelline Eyestudio Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil
  • L’Oréal Voluminous Smoldering Liner
  • Maybelline Unstoppable
  • NYX slide on the eye pencil

4. Kohl

Smudgy rock ‘n’ roll looks

  • Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eye Liner
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