The Best Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner Pens for 2021

Bold curved eyeliner application with a felt tip eyeliner pen

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Of all the beauty products, eyeliner has to be my favorite and there really is nothing more satisfying than having an amazingly formulated liquid eyeliner that glides on effortlessly for a perfect line and has the rich black pigment to match the darkness of my soul. It almost brings a tear (an imaginary tear, we don’t want to mess up our amazing eyeliner!) to one’s eye. In this post I’ll show you a few of what I feel are the best felt tip eyeliner pens out there.

It is very rare that I ever leave the house without some form of eyeliner on. I’m addicted to the flick or the sexy cat eye! There, I admit it, over and above false lashes, I am also a winged liner addict!

Bold diagonal eyeliner application with a felt tip eyeliner pen

I like to think of myself as somewhat of an eyeliner pro, and having tried many, many, gel liners (using a liner brush), Kohl liners, traditional liquid liners, and the odd pencil liner (I dislike these simply because I hate having to sharpen them), felt tip pens are probably the best due to their precise application, sharp lines, ease of use, the added bonus of being a smudge-proof formula and of course their staying power.

Thanks to the brush/marker tip, achieving a precise and sharp wing with just a flick of the wrist and a steady hand is easier than ever. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! Perfect eyeliner that fits effortlessly into your makeup bag, ready for on-the-go use.

Just a reminder from your friendly neighborhood MUA, even the best makeup artists can make a bad-quality product look amazing. It all comes down to practice, practice, and more practice to master the eyeliner technique! No matter what the skill level, believe me, many become discouraged when we don’t get the results we want, myself included.

As an eyeliner novice in high school, I remember the first time I tried doing winged eyeliner, the lines were so intense I looked like an Amy Winehouse raccoon which was definitely not the look I was going for!

Everyone has off days, including me. Sometimes I feel like I should reconsider my profession, but it’s all worth it in the end when you get that perfect makeup look and the perfect wing.

Thin eyeliner application with a felt tip eyeliner pen

I personally love a good bargain and always try to get the best bang for my buck, but when it comes to products like eyeliner, I think you should really invest in your products. I recommend you spend a little more to get the amazing outcome you want.

No one wants to buy a super cheap eyeliner that ends up smudging all over the eye shadow you’ve been blending for an ‘hour’. That has happened to me and trust me, totally not worth it. There have also been cheaper eyeliners that I bought that have left my eyes puffy and red, don’t do it!

There are three things that you never skimp on when buying makeup, lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara, pretty much anything that is worn near the eye and mouth areas, with good reason.

So, here are my top picks for the best drugstore liquid eyeliners, and ones that you can also easily get from Amazon!

Here we go!

Araceli Ojos Perfectos Liquid Eyeliner

Best Overall Felt Tip Eyeliner

Araceli Ojos Perfectos Liquid Eyeliner
Definitely one of the best liquid eyeliners on the market, in my opinion. Not only is it long-lasting, waterproof, smudge-proof, and matte but it is also vegan and cruelty-free!

For an unbelievably pigmented and opaque black liner that is effortless and has a smooth application and has a matte finish, I highly recommend Araceli Ojos Perfectos Liquid Eyeliner.

It is a little more expensive side but totally worth it in the long run if you are wanting to up your eye makeup game.

L'Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Super Slim Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeliner

Best Long Wear Felt Tip Eyeliner

L’Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Super Slim Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeliner
Again, one of the best eyeliners on the market! Not only does this amazing felt tip liner last for 12-hours (that’s a long time!) but it also has an amazingly fine, precise tip at only 0.4 millimeters wide at the tip of the brush for smooth, clean, precise lines.

Due to its small size, this the best choice for beginners and if your personal preference is a perfectly thin line or finer wing, this eyeliner is for you! It is great if you like to apply a thin line to the inner corner of your eye and it is particularly good for hooded eyes that don’t benefit from bold lines.

See our article on Hooded Eye Makeup.

NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Best Waterproof Felt Tip Eyeliner

NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
The felt tip on this liquid eyeliner pen is so fantastic you would swear it was designed with the ideals of a Japanese precision brush tip in mind.

One of the more amazing waterproof formulas, this eyeliner is great for going on those swimming first dates. Not only does the eyeliner have a fantastic felt tip that produces a smooth line for a precise wing, it has a rich pigment, is waterproof and long wear, and is also cruelty-free! Beauty without cruelty is something to aim for in all makeup!

Due to the water-resistant formula, I recommend you use makeup remover to take off waterproof eyeliner as it can be hard to take it off with just face wash.

Aesthetica Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof & Smudge Proof

Best Smudge Proof Felt Tip Eyeliner

Aesthetica Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof & Smudge Proof
For those hectic nights out, every girl needs a liquid liner that is as smudge-proof as her confidence.

In my personal experience, there have been so many instances where I forget I’m wearing makeup and go in for a satisfying eye rub only to remember halfway through that I had spent way more time than I should have on my eyeliner and now it’s ruined! Not only is my dramatic look ruined but now I’m being overly dramatic over makeup.

Fear not dear reader, it wasn’t, my eyeliner was still perfect all thanks to Aesthetica’s Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner.

So if you’re prone to rubbing your eyes like me or are planning on having a crazy night out, I highly recommend you give this eyeliner a try.

Neutrogena Precision Liquid Eyeliner with Honey & Coconut

Best Hypoallergenic Felt Tip Eyeliner

Neutrogena Precision Liquid Eyeliner with Honey & Coconut
This eyeliner is a good choice if have sensitive eyes and struggle to find a liquid black eyeliner that doesn’t irritate your eyes.

I don’t wear contact lenses often but I have heard from many of my clients that this eyeliner is great for contact lens wearers as well as those of us that suffer from allergies and sensitive eyes. Neutrogena Precision Liquid Eyeliner in jet black is formulated with natural honey and coconut, is highly pigmented and water-resistant for solid, defined lash lines that won’t crack or melt.

Precise eyeliner smoothly glides on quickly and easily, offering effortless application of sharp, clean, dramatic lines.

Haus Laboratories by Lady Gaga: Liquid Eye-lie-ner

Best Vegan Felt Tip Eyeliner

Haus Laboratories by Lady Gaga: Liquid Eye-lie-ner
Listen, I’m not one to jump on the hype train when it comes to anything, even more so when it comes to makeup, which is why I was so surprised when I tried this eyeliner for the first time.

It is surprisingly fantastic, flake-proof, smudge-proof, and above all it vegan and cruelty-free! The only downside to this eyeliner is that it dries slightly shiny/glossy. I prefer my eyeliner to dry matte black.

That being said, I think it is worth considering this eyeliner as it is made with beauty without cruelty in mind.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Best Nourishing & Conditioning Felt Tip Eyeliner

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum
This eyeliner is a must-have for those of us who want our eyelashes to grow longer and fuller!

The high-tech 2-in-1 eyeliner and eyelash booster serum, which targets the base of the lashes, delivers the high-pigment, precision definition of a liquid eyeliner while nourishing and conditioning lashes on the upper lash line.

It is wonderful for creating classic, bold looks with the added bonus of being hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin and eyes, and made without any of the 150+ known harsh ingredients found in other personal care items.

Tip: if you have oily skin on your eyelids, remember to prime first and then set everything in place with setting power before applying your eyeliner.

Over and above the products already discussed, here are some that deserve an honorable mention as well: Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen, and the Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen. Check them out!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc'er Waterproof Liquid Eyeline
Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen
Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen

There are of course hundreds, if not thousands of different kinds of eyeliners out there. It boils down to what works for you, what your needs are, what your budget is, and what you find easiest to work with.

Finished eye makeup look with winged eyeliner

If you do try any of the items listed I’d love to see how your look turns out, so tag me on Facebook or Instagram, or leave a comment down below!

Lots of love,

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Courtney Cullen

A full-time professional makeup artist and a free-spirited, unabashed makeup and lash addict blogging about all things beautiful! Makeup is art, but beauty is spirit...

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  1. 17/07/2021

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