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Top Eyeliners: Liquid, Kohl and Gel

When it comes to eyeliner, the three easiest formulas to work with are liquid, kohl and gel.

A kohl pencil is the easiest to work with and will allow you to sharpen the tip to achieve a thin or thick line. A smudge tool can blend it out a bit to soften a line that may be too harsh, but it can also be left as is for a bold, crisp line.

A gel eyeliner, when applied with an angled brush, will allow you to press the eyeliner into your lash line for a seamless finish. It’s also great to use for “line locking,” which is ensuring any skin showing between your lashes is covered with liner.

Lastly, a liquid liner, which may be a little difficult to get used to at first, can create the most precise cat eye. It can also be used for “line locking” or dotting between the lashes to bulk up the lash line.

If you are starting out as a beginner, stick with kohl liner. If you feel like you have mastered the art, experiment with liquid and flick the ends out to spice up your eye a bit.

These are my top picks from all three categories that you cannot go wrong with!

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  • Liquid: Stay All Day Waterproof 2 of 9
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    The perfect long-lasting liquid liner with a precision tip for the most detailed eyeliner.

    Buy it at Sephora for $20

  • Liquid: D&G Glam Liner 3 of 9
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    A smudge-proof and waterproof liquid liner that has a pointed tip that makes it simple to use.

    Buy it at Sephora for $34

  • Liquid: Lashes to Die For The Liner 4 of 9
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    This liquid liner does more than just give you a beautiful dark line of liner, but it also helps enhance your lashes as well.

    Buy it at Sephora for $28

  • Liquid: Smart Liner by Sephora 5 of 9
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    If you need a little practice holding the eyeliner steady, this tool will give you the best grip possible.

    Buy it at Sephora for $14

  • Kohl: Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner 6 of 9
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    Kohl liner glides across an eyelid like a dream. It leaves a dark, inky line that can be smudged a bit immediately or left to "set" and stay in place all day.

    Buy it at Sephora for $20

  • Kohl: Laura Mercier Kohl Liner 7 of 9
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    While this may look like a big eyeliner to work with, it's perfect for adding a deep smokey line to your eyes.

    Buy it at Sephora for $24

  • Gel: Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Long Wear Liner 8 of 9
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    Using a small angled brush, swipe some of this smooth gel liner across your lash line to create a precise cat eye.

    Buy it at Target for $6.99

  • Gel: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner 9 of 9
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    A long time favorite, this gel liner is easy to use and leaves the darkest, smoothest line of color on your eyelid.

    Buy it at Sephora for $23

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