If you’re obsessed with beauty like we are, you’ve probably attempted the dramatic, illusive, heavy eyeliner look that is cat eye. And even if you are a pro with all the tools in your makeup box, it can be a difficult thing to master. Or, even if you aren’t a makeup expert and you still want to attempt a cat eye, it can be accomplished. The good news is that you don’t have to shell out a fortune on an expensive liner to create this look.
If you have dabbled in drugstore eyeliners before you may have had mixed results. You may have experienced the black eye look, thanks to smudgy formulas, or perhaps you just picked the wrong type of eyeliner. Based on extensive experience, we can tell you – liquid liner is your MVP. There are so many types out there and it can be confusing if you have never used liquid liner, or if you’ve had bad experiences, or if you just can’t seem to master it. The best way to start is with a drugstore brand so you can first achieve the application.
What To Get?
So, you’re in the aisle at the drugstore and there are options upon options. Don’t be bewildered, we’re going to tell you just how to narrow it down. First, it’s good to know that there are a lot of different looks you can achieve with liner. You can create a precise wing, a dramatic cat eye or just an everyday look with a simple slick approach. The more precise and sharper you go, the thinner you want your liquid liner tip to be.
If you want something a little thicker (and a little more forgiving if you have any bumps or less than stellar application). You may want to try out both, just to see what you like better! It’s good to note that liquid liner comes in both pen-style applicators, or a brush eyeliner that you dip to pick up the liquid color. You’ll have to decide which type works best for your application style and level of expertise.
Here are some of the best drugstore liquid liners we’ve found to help your selection process go a bit easier:
- Wet ‘n’ Wild H20 Proof Liquid Liner
Once you’ve nailed the cat eye (or any liquid eye look), the last thing you want is for it to smudge all over your perfectly made up face. This waterproof formula has a satin finish, and although it does take a few seconds to dry completely, this can be a grace if you decide you don’t like the way it turned out. You can simply take it off and start over before it sets. Because once it sets – you’re committed.
- NYX Professional Makeup Super Skinny Eye Marker
If you are looking for ultra-sleek, skinny and fabulous, this is the one! What’s great about this “marker” style is that the line comes out so thin, you are able to build upon it if you want it thicker. This is a great choice if you like a lighter eye look, but still want to have some fun with it. And if you make a boo-boo, it’s easy enough to wipe and restart.
- Almay Liquid Eyeliner
This inkwell style applicator provides a look that can stay up to 16 hours! And this is the best option for those with sensitive eyes. It’s hypo-allergenic, dermatologist tested and provides just the right amount of color with every dip of the brush. If you’ve ever had liquid eyeliner in your eye and are familiar with the “burn” you won’t find that here.
- L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner
Not all cat eyes are created equal, especially when it comes to color. If you want something outside of the traditional black or brown color schemes, this liner has a variety of saturated hues to give you that extra jewel tone pop!
These are just a few of the many drugstore options available, but they have also been tested, reviewed upon and loved as favorites for many.