The Best Black Eyeliners, According to Top Makeup Artists

Updated 11/30/17

Black eyeliners are the LBDs of the makeup world—they’re simple, versatile, and can easily take you from day to night. But like LBDs, there are a lot of them out there, and it can be confusing to figure out which ones will make you look svelte and Charlize Theron–esque and which ones, well, won’t. Thus, we took it upon ourselves to ask the utmost experts on the matter: makeup artists. Ahead, you’ll find 10 black eyeliners that industry pros use and swear by—some you’ll recognize and some that are a wondrous new discovery.

Keep scrolling for the best black eyeliners, according to makeup artists.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eye Liner $4

The Makeup Artist: Sage Maitri

Clients: Erin Wasson, Judy Greer

Praise: “The intensity of the pigment is hands down one of the deepest and richest blacks out there. It super soft so it’s easy on the eyes, especially when going into the waterline.”

Xtreme Lashes By Jo Mousselli Glideliner(TM) Long Lasting Eye Pencil - Xpresso
Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mousselli GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencil $29

The Makeup Artist: Michael Anthony

Clients: Katy Perry, Tina She

Praise: “It’s one of the most carbon black pencils I have found, and it feels and goes on almost like a gel or cream liner. It’s super easy to use and works well with an angled brush as well! It also stays on extremely well and is water resistant.”

1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner Meteorite 0.002 oz/ 0.06 g
Hourlass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner $45

The Makeup Artist: Vanessa Scali

Clients: Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera

Praise: “It’s so hard to choose! This pencil is great for precision access at and in between the lash line.”

Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil Marine Blue
Givenchy Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil $26

Scali’s praise: “This pencil is good for smudgy rock ’n’ roll eyes.”

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Via De'Martelli 0.02 oz/ 0.58 g
Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner $25

Scali’s praise: “This pencil is great for dense, black, budge-proof lines.”

Amc Eyeliner Gel
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 $14

The Makeup Artist: Julie Harris

Clients: Julianne Hough, Rita Wilson

Praise: “The intense black pigment is amazing and it is smudge-proof, crease-proof, and waterproof. I love using it on clients for red carpet and press days because I know it will last! I’ve come home from work after washing my hands several times and realized I had black eyeliner still there. You have to use eye-makeup remover to clean it off.”

Fluidline -
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack $17 $17

The Makeup Artist: Fabiola

Clients: Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank

Praise: “This is my favorite black eyeliner because it’s multipurpose. You can create a soft line by feathering it, or create a clean kitten flick or wing.

Liquid Eyeliner
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Liner $9

The Makeup Artist: Tina Turnbow

Clients: Laura Prepon, Keri Russell

Praise: “It's a great marker tip and goes on smoothly. The staying power is amazing, and it adds the perfect touch of drama and definition.”

Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eye Liner
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eye Liner $22

The Makeup Artist: Rebecca Restrepo

Clients: Lucy Liu, Michelle Monaghan

Praise: “I created this pencil so that it could be used in a multitude of ways. My most important factor is that it have lasting power. It can be used in the waterline as a traditional eyeliner, and it has a angled smudge tip at the other end of the pencil. It makes it possible to smudge the line for a smoky look or to have a subtle effect when desired.”

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner $33

Makeup artist: Nicole Walmsley

Clients: Claire Holt, Danielle Panabaker

The Praise: “The black is deep and rich in color with a creamy, silicone-enriched waterproof finish. The liner twists up when you need it and twists back down so it won’t dry out. It’s perfect for a smudgy, smoky eye that won’t budge. For a sharp, precise application, use the built-in sharpener at the end of the liner. Genius!”

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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