How to Apply Pencil Eyeliner

How to Apply Pencil Eyeliner

Eyeliner pencil is one of the many forms of eyeliner, which is the easiest to use and is just perfect for both beginners and skilful makeup artists. Also known as kohl eyeliner or crayon eyeliner, eyeliner pencil glides on smoothly on your peepers to create a more dramatic, defined look for special occasions or to up your everyday no-makeup style with a simple cat-eye flick.

Whether you’re the type of woman who draws on a precise wing, wears a smoked out look or just tightlines, the last thing you want is for your eyeliner to smudge or be sweated off. We have rounded up the best eyeliner pencils that are long-lasting, pigmented and easy to use, not to mention life-proof, so you don’t have to worry about your perfect makeup look.

Best Eyeliner Pencils and Tips for Using One: Contents

19 Best Eyeliner Pencils to Buy Now

No matter you are new in the eyeliner game or are looking for that perfect eyeliner pencil to add to your makeup kit, these 19 options are the ones famous makeup artists swear by!

1. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil

Urban Decay’s eyeliner pencil formula glides smoothly on the lid, never tugs and sets well on oily lids. Because the formula contains jojoba oil, vitamin E and cottonseed oil, this eyeliner pencil will never dry out and is perfect for tightlining, as it has ingredients that are beneficial to the eyelashes. These eyeliners are waterproof but if you work quickly during application they smudge like a dream.

We love using their bold colors on the lower lash line to give your eye look a pop of color. Urban Decay’s pencil eyeliner comes in a wide range of shades from jewel tones, glimmering metallic hues and classic neutrals. You can find them all online at Sephora.

2. Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

This unique eyeliner pencil formula is a hybrid between a retractable eyeliner and a gel pot eyeliner, all encased in a crayon format. The product also comes with a built-in sharpener to keep the point extra sharp for a precise application. The range comes in a selection of colors from eye-brightening silvers to enchanting jewel colors and wearable blues. The 12-hour waterproof formula is soft, pigmented and incredibly long-lasting. Pick up this eyeliner pencil in your favorite shade at Sephora!

3. Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Eyeliner Pencil

Quickliner is an easy-to-use retractable eyeliner pencil with a built in-sponge for a precise application or a smudgy finish. This long-lasting eyeliner pencil is waterproof, won’t flake and doesn’t need to be sharpened. It’s perfect for the on-the-go woman. The crayon comes in 10 matte colors at Nordstrom that range from black to brown to blue and purple.

4. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner

Stila’s Smudge Sticks are waterproof mechanical pencil eyeliners that glide onto the eye without tugging or smudging. The eye pencils don’t need to be sharpened and have a precise formula that makes it easy to create a smooth line. The pigmented formula is easy to smudge and can double as a cream eyeshadow base. This eyeliner pencil comes in lots of bright and bold colors from duo chromes to jewel-toned shimmers and everyday matte neutrals. You can find them all online at Sephora.

5. Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner

Julep’s gel-formula eyeliner pencil comes in a traditional pen form yet glides on smoothly without any tugging, for a smooth application. This has all the intense pigment of a gel eyeliner pencil yet this the ease of using pencil applicator. This eyeliner is ophthalmologist tested and will last for over 10 hours without flaking or smudging.

This eyeliner pencil sets within 30 seconds so if you want to smudge it you need to work quickly. The pencil comes in 22 colors at Nordstrom that cover disco glitters, jewel-toned metallic shades, bold mattes and the classic neutral tones.

6. NYX Professional Makeup Slim Eye Pencil

This slim eyeliner pencil is perfect for those of you on a budget. The waterproof formula is long-lasting, perfect for tightlining and resists bleeding. This creamy formula can also double as contour, an eyeshadow base and as an eyebrow pomade. The pencil comes in 31 shades at Ulta Beauty including bold blues, moss greens, gold shimmer and a host of flattering brown tones.

7. NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS’ pencil eyeliner promises a highly pigmented finish with very little effort. The long-wearing formula lasts for 12 hours on the waterline without smudging or flaking. This is a great choice of eyeliner pencil for people who wear contact lenses and struggle applying liner to the lash line. This eyeliner is available in a range of dramatic shades at Sephora, all of which are named after iconic roads like Madison Avenue (a steely grey), Abbey Road (an electric blue) and Via Appia (a warm brown).

8. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

This eyeliner pencil applies creamy and smooth for a long-lasting look. It comes with a smudge sponge on the end of the pencil, making this a versatile product. In a single swipe, the tool’s spongy smudging tool can make your look immediately edgy and smoky. Once the liner sets, it won’t budge all day long. The range has a small yet wearable selection of 12 colors that includes pops of blue, jewel greens and bold chromes. Find them all at Nordstrom!

9. Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner

This award-winning eyeliner pencil is dual-ended with a waterproof black liquid formula on one end and a gel pencil on the other. The gel pencil is infused with Tarte’s iconic Amazonian clay and is wax-free, meaning it will slide on so you can easily create a smooth finish. The slick ultra-fine liquid eyeliner dries down to an easy-to-apply semi-matte and opaque black finish, perfect for creating a crisp cat eye.

This hybrid product is perfect for those who frequently travel or do their makeup on the go. Try tightlining the inner rims of your eyes with the gel liner before accentuating your lids with the liquid formula. But first get it online at Sephora!

10. MAC Cosmetics Technakohl Pencil Eyeliner

MAC’s retractable pencil eyeliner has a very soft and creamy formula that provides an intensely pigmented application. This pencil can be blended on application and dries to a long-wearing, smudge-free matte finish. This versatile eyeliner pencil has a small, precise end but can create a thicker line when applied at a flat angle. MAC’s pencil eyeliner comes in a wide selection of finishes and colors at Nordstrom, from bold golds to smoky blues and warm neutrals.

11. Dior Crayon Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

This eyeliner pencil is one of the best quality formulas on the market. This waterproof liner is the perfect mix of a soft formula, long-wearing pigmentation and no flaking or smudging throughout the day. This pencil eyeliner comes with a sponge applicator on the end so you have the option to smudge it out. This intense eyeliner will wear perfectly all day or all night long. Their range of colors is limited but sticks to the classic black, blue and brown. You can get them all at Sephora.

12. Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil

Chanel’s classic pencil-type liner has a sharp point that allows you to draw on a precise fine line. This delicate eyeliner pencil has a formula that combines vegetable fats for a soft and easy-to-apply line and talc, which makes the product long-lasting. The delicate tip is extra soft so it can be used to tightline sensitive eyes. This intense pencil also comes with a sharpener. Available at Nordstrom, it comes in four classic shades – black, warm brown, grey and a brightening nude.

13. Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner

Lancôme’s Le Stylo eyeliner pencil has a unique twist tip that never needs sharpening, meaning you will always have a clean and precise line with no skips or streaks. This waterproof formula promises to be emotion and weather-proof. The liner also has a sponge tip on the end that can create pigmented smoky effects. Le Stylo comes in 4 colors at Sephora, with limited edition seasonal colors frequently being released that include plums, electric blues, warm oranges and bright whites.

14. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil

This multi-award winning gel pot eyeliner is highly pigmented, long-wearing and delivers dramatic eye looks without smudging. This is a perfect gel eyeliner pencil for those who are new to this type of liner but want to step away from the traditional pencil liners. This gel eyeliner smoothly applies with a creamy, smooth finish that even beginners can master. It comes in 12 colors at Nordstrom, from rich greens and purple to intense blacks and shimmering greys.

15. bareMinerals Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner

bareMinerals’ mineral formula is creamy and soft, perfect for blending with the built-in ergonomically angled sponge for a long-wearing, smudge-proof look. This eyeliner is perfect for traveling or for the woman that likes to apply her makeup on the go, as it also comes with a built-in sharpener. This eyeliner pencil can be picked up at Sephora.

16. Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil

Also known as the Inner Eye Definer, this traditional eyeliner pencil is small and delicate with a soft formula, so it’s perfect for tightlining. Laura Mercier herself recommends using the “dot and wriggle” motion when applying the pencil, to fill out the lash line right at the root, as this will create the illusion of fuller lashes.

This soft pencil eyeliner is ideal for those who want to tightline or line the lower lashes but suffer from irritation, as this formula is designed especially to be used in these delicate areas. This kohl liner comes in 6 shades at Nordstrom that look amazing worn…

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