There are two types of people in this world: those who prefer liquid liners and those who, well, don't. If you identify as the former, you're going to want to keep reading—and if you swing more toward the latter, we would actually suggest the same. Why? Because being the liquid eyeliner lovers/connoisseurs we are, we decided to pay special respect to the class of liquid liners with felt-tip versions specifically in mind. (They're our favorite species where liquid liners are concerned, after all.)
The writing on the wall: We've rounded up six of the all-time best felt-tip eyeliners we're wholeheartedly convinced liquid and non-liquid eyeliner lovers will love and adore equally. And while we know those not used to the liquid pens and markers might be skeptical, we have faith these six felt-tip eyeliners will convert you to the dark side (in the alluring form of dark, budge-proof, smooth cat eyes, that is.) Ahead, find the six beloved felt-tip eyeliners Byrdie editors swear are the best we've ever tried.
(And we've pretty much tried them all.) Keep reading!
The newest felt-tip eyeliner we've tried (and quickly fallen in love with), this blacker-than-black iteration from Sigma is one to add to your arsenal if you demand 10-out-of-10 color payoff and long-wearing results. It's aptly named Wicked for its super-saturated jet-black hue, delivers a flattering satin finish, and will last you at least eight hours of wear thanks to its play-hard fade-, smudge-, and water-resistant formula.
Thanks to their marker-esque design, felt-tip eyeliners are typically the preferred vehicle of choice when it comes to creating a dramatic (or not so dramatic—you do you) cat eye. And according to Editorial Director Faith Xue, this illustrative felt-tip eyeliner from EM Cosmetics is one of the best she's ever tried. Not surprising considering the eyeliner was inspired by the manga/comic book art pen and encourages big, bold, and beautiful lines. Plus, it's one of the fastest-drying and most durable formulas we've ever entrusted with our lash lines.
Without a doubt, this cult-favorite felt-tip eyeliner is not only a team Byrdie favorite but a beauty industry favorite as well, with a loyal following of makeup artists and celebrities. But what exactly makes it so great? We blame the perfectly sized felt tip (not too big or too small), velvety smooth application, impeccable color spread, and budge-proof durability.
Gigi Hadid knows how to work a cat eye. Thus, it was no surprise when she teamed up with the makeup geniuses at Maybelline to debut her own version of the must-have product needed to create the look. Another personal favorite of Faith's, this show-stealing liner is less than $10, ultra-precise, and limited edition. (In other words, hoard it while you can!)
Not only is this pigmented felt-tip eyeliner vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free, but it's also one of the best we've swiped in terms of precision and jet-black depth. Plus, the felt tip is on the stiffer side, which makes it feel more like a marker and the perfect resource if you're looking to create bolder graphic lines.
Featuring a Japanese precision brush tip inspired by calligraphy, this jet-black felt-tip eyeliner delivers full impact with as little as one stroke. (Yep, it's just that good.) But its magic doesn't stop there. The cutting-edge formula also contains the brand's patented Widelash ingredient, which boasts a tripeptide boost to encourage lash growth for longer and more voluminous lashes in the long run. Oh, and it's smudge- and waterproof, to boot.