The Best Drugstore Eyeliners For Every Need

Sure, concealer can hide a bad hangover and contouring creams give you cheekbones where you didn't have them before — but when we're talking about true transformation, eyeliner is where it's at. One moment, you're channeling Katharine Hepburn, the next, Keith Richards. Hell, it can even give you freckles if you want them.
But, eyeliners are not one-size-fits-all and finding the perfect unicorn is no easy feat — especially when there are so many options available. That's why we rounded up our favorite ones and sorted them by type. Whether you're looking for a gel, liquid, pencil, or bright hue, there's something in this roundup for everyone. The one thing they do all have in common, though? They all clock in at less than $10. Check 'em out in the slides ahead.
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Gel

This little pot from Maybelline holds its own against some of the fanciest, most expensive gel formulations out there. It's creamy, long-wearing, and extremely pigmented. Plus, it comes with an excellent brush that makes etching on everything from cat-eyes to smoky eyes super easy.

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Another popular gel liner hails from across the pond — and can last up to 24 hours, though we're not sure why you'd want it to.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Liner, $6.29, available at Walgreens.
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Rainbow Bright

When it comes to colored liner, you can't go wrong with Nyx. The brand has an impressive array of bold hues — from this canary yellow to forest green — in a variety of formulations (pencil, liquid, you name it).

This liquid liner might just be our favorite. It features a teeny tiny brush head that's perfect for detailed liner work.

Nyx Cosmetics Vivid Brights Liner in Vivid Halo, $7, available at Nyx Cosmetics.
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Shrinking violets need not apply: This electric blue liquid liner quickly dries to an impenetrable matte finish, so you’re guaranteed true, bright color for up to 17 hours. You’re going to need a bit of elbow grease and an oil-based makeup remover to get this one off, but it’s worth it for the lasting power.

Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Liner, $6.99, available at Target.
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Liquid

Liquid eyeliner is an absolute staple in our makeup bags. What else would we use to trace on precise cat-eyes? This one from Almay may not look like much in the bottle, but its opaque black formula is seriously budge-proof.

Almay Liquid Eyeliner, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Pencil

This creamy pencil ticks all the boxes: It's waterproof, pigmented, and lasts for hours on our lids. Plus, it comes with a handy built-in sharpener so you'll never have to use a dull tip ever again.

Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer, $4.49, available at Target.
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Felt Tip Pen

The jury is still out on the lash boosting claim, but this liner does nail the tricky balance of being deeply pigmented enough to only require one swipe and ergonomically advanced enough to make it easy to nail the shape in one swoop. Win-win!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-In-1 Lash Boosting Ergonomic Felt-Tip Eyeliner, $11.95, available at Physicians Formula.
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Kohl

Cleopatra was on to something when she lined her eyes with kohl centuries ago, but these days the look is achieved with far more ease. E.l.f. offers a pencil made of cocoa butter, coconut, and sandalwood oil to ensure a ridiculously-smooth application.

E.l.f. Kohl Eyeliner, $3, available at e.l.f. Cosmetics.
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