Master the Cat Eye With the Best Eyeliners for Makeup Newbies

They're fit for every budget!


Can't seem to find an eyeliner that won't smudge, fade, or melt off? Don't worry! Below we list the most smudge-proof kohl, gel, felt tip, and brush tip options for every budget. Even better, it's perfect for makeup newbies who can't seem to master the cat-eye. You'll be flaunting pretty and perky peepers in no time!


Kohl Pencil

You often find this classic black pencil in your mom or lola's makeup kit. It's the ultimate eyeliner for beginners who still need to practice their liner skills. It's soft, easy to control, and stays on forever. A kohl pencil is also versatile: Besides creating sharp flicks, it can serve as a base for eyeshadow! Don't forget to sharpen the tip every time for a hygienic, smooth application.


Evera Eye Pencil (P45) from Ever Bilena


Eye Studio Crayon Eyeliner (P99) from Maybelline


Graphic Eyes + Black To Earth (P386) from ZOEVA


GelPresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner (P620) from Clio


Goddess Pencil (P990) from Eye of Horus



A gel liner is smooth and creamy, so you won't tug your lids during application. Plus, once it sets, it won't go anywhere. Make the wings as thick or as thin you want with a flat, fine-tipped brush.


Lasting Drama Gel Line (P399) from Maybelline


Gel Eyeliner (P425) from Features & Shades


AMC Eyeliner Gel Matte (P995) from Inglot


Pro Longwear Fluidline (P1,100) from MAC


Felt Tip

A felt tip eyeliner pen's glossy finish makes it a beginner-friendly substitute for regular liquid liners. It smoothly glides on the lids, so it's super-easy to apply.


All Day Eyeliner Pen (P200) from Ever Bilena


Long-Lasting Liquid Liner (P249) from BLK Cosmetics


Super Black Ultra HD Eyeliner (P349) from Malissa Kiss


Super Liner Black Lacquer (P400) from L'Oreal


Felt Tip Liner (P520) from NYX



All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (P795) from Stila


Brush Tip

Its calligraphy-style tip hugs the contours of your lid and guarantees a precisely drawn cat-eye every time—even if you're just a makeup noob! Always shake it before use to get the pigment as black as possible.


Hypersharp Laser Liner (P299) from Maybelline


1Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24Hr (P795) from K-Palette


Waterproof Brush Liner (P825) from Clio


Tattoo Liner (P1,233) from Kat Von D


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