Just like a pair of black stilettos, black eyeliners accentuate your features and instantly ups your sexy quotient. But what about days when you just want to try something new and have some fun? Switch out your go-to black liner for a bold neon one or if it’s you’re a novice when it comes to colourful makeup, start by experimenting with jewel tones as they tend to be darker and easier to pull off. Here are our top picks of the most vibrant and easy-to-use liners:
#1 Tarte Amazonian Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner in Blue Moon, $32
Thanks to its intense colour, ease of application and staying power, this two-in-one pot can be used as both an eyeshadow and an eye liner. Dab onto lids with your fingers for a lighter touch or use an angled brush for full-on colour payoff.
#2 Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel Off Liner in I’m Half Mermaid, $29
This innovative formula adheres like second-skin on your lids so you don’t have to worry about glitter flecks flaking throughout the day. It also comes off easily—all you have to do is gently peel it off and you’re set.
#3 Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeliner in 14 It Bag, $14
Ergonomically designed to make application a breeze, this intense liquid formula combines a pigment-packed effect with long-lasting wear. Its shimmery burnt orange shade is perfect for having some fun in the sun.
#4 YSL Beauty Dessin Du Regard Waterproof High Impact 16-Hour Wear Color Eye Pencil in 03 Bleu Impatient, $38
There’s nothing like a cobalt blue that’s signature to YSL Beauty. Its pigment-packed formula pops against all skin tones and offers up to 16 hours of failproof wear.
#5 Sephora Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner in 03 Purple, $18
Perfect for travel, this nifty eyeliner comes with a smudging sponge tip as well as a sharpener so you can create anything from a smoky look to an ultra-precise, graphic look.
#6 Sephora Collection Colorblock Liner in Sunny Day, $15
With a unique felt tip that is super easy to control, it enables even eyeliner beginners to draw ultra-fine lines effortlessly. Just be sure to shake the pen well before application to ensure that the formula stays smooth.
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#7 Kat Von D Ink Liner in Dali, $31
This mossy green is pigment-rich and stays on through sweat, humidity and tears.
#8 NYX Professional Makeup Slide On Pencil in Azure, $16
Great for eyeliner newbies, this eliminates the mess often associated with liquid eyeliners while offering the same intensity for a dramatic effect.
#9 By Terry Stylo Blackstar in N8 Aqua Mint, $45
Perfect as a liner or as a stick eyeshadow, this versatile cream texture blends smoothly over lids if you want a softer, diffused effect. But once it sets, it doesn’t go anywhere until you remove it with a waterproof makeup remover.
#10 Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in i90 Iridescent Pop Purple, $36
What you see is what you get when it comes to this shimmery purple liner. It also has an impressive staying power that doesn’t crease, smudge or fade.
#11 Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Ocean Floor, $30
With an impressively fine 1.5mm pencil lead, it allows you to create the most precise cat-eye flicks you can dream of. The transfer-resistant formula also means no fading all day long.
#12 It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Plum, $34
Perfect for accentuating Asian eyes, this lovely plum shade looks almost like a soft brown so you can feel completely at ease while trying out new colours. Best part: its ultra-smooth gel texture glides on and lasts all day.
#13 Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Mist Me, $38
One quick swipe of this multi-award winning pencil promises a pigment-packed finish. Plus, it also sets in just 15 seconds and refuses to budge no matter what, so you don’t have to worry about smudging, fading and creasing.
#14 Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Bouncer, $30
Despite being highly pigmented and long-lasting, this gel liner dissolves easily when in contact with waterproof eye makeup remover so there’s minimum rubbing and tugging when you’re taking it off.
#15 Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliner in Candy Pink, $32
Live your best millennial life in this lovely pink liquid liner! The firm yet flexible applicator tip makes it easy to achieve precision so you can create any graphic liner look to match your heart’s desire.
#16 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Woodstock, $33
What could be more fun than a bright fuchsia eye liner? As its name suggests, this applies like a dream sans tugging and stays on round the clock.
#17 NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue St Honore, $40
Featuring a creamy texture and high intensity pigments, this deep royal blue eye liner pencil is your best bet for maximum impact with minimum effort.
Text: Joyce Cheo / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha
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