The Only 5 Eyeliners You'll Ever Need, According to an Expert

Elinor Block

Finding the best eyeliner has been a long journey. I remember the first time I fell in love with eyeliner. I was 14 and I used my mum's sharpened-down black kohl in my waterline. It wasn't the best eyeliner ever, but it was a revelation—immediately my eyes looked more defined and made me feel grown-up. I ended up wearing this look for the next six years. For day, it was always a little smudged around my top lid and a bit on the bottom. For night, I would thicken the line around my eyes for a more smoky look (before I knew what I was doing).

But in my early 20s, I discovered the liquid liner. And without sounding too dramatic, it changed my life. The style I had been sporting with the smudged liner was looking a little dated. I no longer looked grown-up, but rather like I was auditioning for a Courtney Love tribute band. So I turned to Rimmel's Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Eyeliner (£5) to give myself a subtle eyeliner flick. Over the years, in addition to a wondrous liquid (or pen) eyeliner, there are four other eyeliners I've discovered that every woman needs in her makeup arsenal: kohl, coloured, gel, and brush pot. That makes five in total that you will always need.

By now, I've probably tried nearly 50 types of liner, so I thought it would be best to whittle them down to give you my definitive guide and list which types are the best. Your eyes will thank you. 

Click through the gallery to find 20 of the best eyeliners and why you need them in your life. 

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