FYI: These Oil-Free Eyeliners Are Perfect for Lash Extensions

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It's probably apparent from our Instagram feeds and in-depth articles that we love experimenting with eyeliner. Whether we're playing around with bright, bold colors or practicing Ariana Grande's cat-eye technique, you can pretty much count on us to try the latest tips and products to elevate our eye looks.

Of course, nabbing the perfect formula is key, especially if you have lash extensions. While most of us might not consider whether or not our favorite pencil liner contains oil, it's especially crucial for people wearing fake lashes. Oil can break down the glue on eyelash extensions, causing them to fall out easier. Rather than start a habit of constantly replacing them (costing you money and time) you can stick to an oil-free eyeliner formula to preserve your beautiful lashes in all of their glory. If you don't have lash extensions, not to worry— oil-free eyeliners work beautifully on natural lashes, too.

Check out our current favorite oil-free eyeliners below.

Best Overall: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

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The possibilities are endless, with 40 different shades to choose from. This eyeliner comes in matte, shimmer, satin, and glitter finishes and a variety of colors that could keep us entertained for days. Try smudging one of the bolder shades over your lid for a reprieve from your everyday makeup look. 

Best Gel: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Infused with intense pigments, this liner applies as precisely as a liquid but with the ease of a gel. It offers up to 12 hours of waterproof, sweat-resistant wear that doesn't flake or fade. And with thousands of five-star reviews on Sephora, we're guessing that we're not the only fans. 

Best Liquid: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Luckily, finding an oil-free formula doesn't mean having to give up liquid liner. The ultra-fine brush tip on this liner from Kat Von D allows for a super-precise, even line that won't smudge throughout the day. In addition to being oil-free, it's also cruelty-free, which is something we can definitely get behind. 

Best Budget: Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil

Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil

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This super-smooth pencil glides across the lid effortlessly, and Essence promises it will last for hours upon hours without smudging. The price point is also insane; snatch up all three colors for less than the cost of lunch.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

Maybelline's gel liner comes with a brush to save you the hassle of searching for the perfect one on your own. The creamy gel formula is such a dream, you'll never want to go back to your old pencil. Plus, its rich pigments last up to 24 hours, so there's no need to worry about touch-ups throughout the day. 

Best Drugstore: Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner

Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner

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This liquid liner from Soap & Glory offers great quality at an affordable price. The versatile marker tip allows for a subtle, thin line, or a bold, exaggerated one, depending on your mood. As the name Supercat indicates, it was practically invented for creating the perfect cat-eye. 

Best Waterproof: Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner

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This waterproof liner earns the name Always Sharp thanks to its built-in sharpener which ensures that its precise tip stays intact. The kohl is hyperpigmented and waterproof to ensure that it won't budge no matter what the day entails. Smudge it along your lash line for a natural, barely-there look. 

Best Long-Lasting: Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner

Revlon's ColorStay formula is made to last up to 16 hours and is precise, pigmented, and waterproof. So much color for so much time. Use the smudge tool on the opposite end for a subtle, smoky effect. 

Best Double-Duty: Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner

Tarte Clay Eyeliner

This creamy, long-lasting formula can also be used as a dramatic eyeshadow, resulting in a gorgeous matte or metallic finish. Get creative and mix a few colors for something bright and original (we gathered some ideas from the Sephora comment section and we recommended taking a peek yourself!).

Best Glitter: Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

If you're looking to go the less-conventional eyeliner route, this glitter offering from Urban Decay will do the job. It contains superfine glitter in a clear base that stays put (so you don't have to worry about fallout). Wear it alone, or apply it over your favorite shadow for a shimmery finish. 

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