I Wear Liquid Eyeliner Every Single Day, and I Swear By These 12 Drugstore Finds


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I can still remember the first time I ever applied liquid eyeliner. I had finally convinced my mom to let me experiment with the stuff, and I was so pumped about it I didn't even care that it looked like I'd applied it during an earthquake. Now, years later, and after lots of trial and error, it's become my holy grail, everyday makeup staple. (I can basically draw a cat eye in my sleep at this point.)

Many years of experience have taught me that you don't have to shell out a lot of money to snag yourself a bomb liquid eyeliner option. There are excellent formulas and some innovative technology ready and waiting for you at your local drugstore. Having a plethora of budget-friendly finds is nice but also makes it that much more tedious to locate the gems. Lucky for you, I've been doing just that for the last decade or so.

Here, you'll find 12 drugstore liquid eyeliners that won't budge, are easy to apply, and dispense highly pigmented ink evenly. And because they're affordable, you don't have to feel guilty about adding one, or all, of them to your shopping cart.


(Image credit: Courtney Higgs for Who What Wear)


(Image credit: Courtney Higgs for Who What Wear)

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Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.