While there are a lot of things we're uncertain about in life — Yanny or Laurel? 401K or Roth IRA? Tequila or vodka? — there's one thing we're 100% sure of: Liquid eyeliner is difficult as hell to apply. Whether you're trying to make sure that both lids match or attempting to suck less at a cat-eye, eyeliner is often the most frustrating part of putting on makeup. So, for a makeup product that gives us all sorts of trouble, should we really be bending our bank accounts to add more to our collection? We think not.
That's where drugstore liners come in. Just as effective as more expensive options but cheaper than your Uber X ride home, these are the best liquid eyeliners in the drugstore aisles that will
actually hopefully give you the perfect cat-eye every time.
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The size of your line, from thin to thick, depends on the angle you hold this waterproof pencil — turn it to the side for a bold cat-eye, or point it straight to get a line that's skinny and precise. Either way, holding it is effortless (even if you have butter fingers) with the easy-grip handle.
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If you're looking to have fun with your liner, this is the perfect option for you. This gold, metallic liner packs pigment, so you won't have to go over your lines again and again.
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Those with sensitive eyes might avoid eyeliner altogether, but this formula is fragrance-free, which minimizes the chances of irritation. It also has an ultra-fine tip that makes drawing a cat-eye easier.
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One look at all the 5-star ratings for this $7 liner, and you'll see that the product is loved for its beginner-proof application, the opaque pigment, and the smudge-free finish. One review says it all: "I even fell asleep with it on, and it was still good when I woke up."