Budge-Proof, Budget-Friendly Eyeliners
How many of you can relate to this eyeliner sob-story? You go to so much effort to get the perfect cat eye or super fine line… only to find that it’s smearing and smudging within hours. Why let that work go to waste? Before heat and humidity throw another monkey-wrench into the mix, pick up a liner that can be applied with ease and that will last until you take it off. Check out these tried and true favorites that will suit any preference, and they’re all under $10!
Best Liquid: Milani Ultrafine Liquid Liner in Black Vinyl ($6.97, Walmart.com)
I’ve tried a lot of liquid liners, and this is by far the most long-wearing. The rich black color is totally waterproof! While the same can’t be said for all of the other liners in Milani’s Ultrafine line (see this blog post for more details), Black Vinyl is my holy grail. It quickly dries to a matte finish and the fine, felt-tip applicator will help you pull of winged liner with ease.
Best Cream/Gel Liner: Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris ($3.99, Ulta.com)
If you love gel eyeliner, you must check out this one from Essence! It gives you amazing black intensity in one stroke and will not smudge away until you make a point to remove it. It’s also not quick to dry up in the jar like a lot of the gel liners I own. At 3.99, it’s an amazing bargain. If you’re looking for a great liner brush to use with creams and gels, try the equally affordable Fine Liner brush from Real Techniques.
Best Color Selection: NYX Slide On Liners ($7.99, Ulta.com)
Featured shades- left to right: Jet Black, Tropical Green, Purple Blaze, Azure, Glitzy Gold
How about some great pencil liners? Whether you’re looking for basic brown and black, or a whole rainbow of colors, the Slide On liners from NYX have you covered. There are 18 total shades available! Once you apply them, they set to a totally smudge-free finish. These pencils are so similar to the 24/7 liners from Urban Decay, but cost about $12 less!
Shown here: Essence Gel Liner in Midnight in Paris on upper lashline, and NYX Slide On Liner in Glitzy Gold on lower lashline.
Hopefully this post gives you some ideas for liners that can outlast the busy spring and summer months ahead! While I love the black liquid or gel liners for my upper lashline, it’s fun to add a pop of color to the lower lashline with one of the colorful pencils. Feel free to experiment and have fun! And for more makeup reviews and tutorials, check out the Beauty Broadcast blog and YouTube channel. Have a great day! – Emily