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The Best Liquid Eyeliner For Every Look

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A great liquid eyeliner is a makeup bag essential as far as we're concerned. Particularly when it comes to the precision of mastering the perfect feline flick or using your steady hand to draw graphic lines. There's such a variety of formulas and brushes available now that it's easier than ever to achieve that perfect finish.

Here are ten liquid eyeliners we love, and the looks they're perfect for creating...

Double winged

This is a super easy way to up your liner game. Start with a base line, following the upper lashes like you would if applying a cat eye but when you get to the outer corner of your eye, flick the line up a little bit more. Then apply the second line, ensuring you keep both wings on the thinner side. Sisley So Intense Eyeliner, £39


Start by placing your eyeliner at the inner corner of your eye and follow the lash line until you reach the outer corner. Follow the same process on your bottom lash line, joining both lines together to form a flick at the end. Next you can start creating your graphic line. Starting at the end of the flick, trace your eyeliner along the crease of your eyelid to form a curved line until you roughly reach the halfway point. L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim, £6.99

The Adele

A more structural take on the classic cat eye. This look is a subtle yet sleek way to take you makeup up a notch, be it day or night. Trace your eyeliner along the top lash line and instead of flicking the wing upwards, flick it outwards so it's more of a continuation of the line. Smashbox Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner, £18

Bold feline flick

Unique and dramatic, the best way to achieve this Amy Winehouse-esque look is with a big fat marker-style liner. When drawing the line be as fearless as can - take the liner across your upper lash line to create a thick line and aim for the end of the flick to match up with the tail end of your eyebrows. Finish up with slump mascara for a bold look. Soap & Glory Supercat Fat Eyeliner, £7

Full throttle  

Simply trace your upper lash line with a smooth line of jet black gel liner and when you reach the outer corner, create a very small flick between your lashes. Follow the same process along your bottom lash line, joining it to the top line when you reach the outer corner of your eye. Gel liner is perfect for this look as the brush allows precision and the gel formula won't budge! MAC Cosmetics Fluidline Eyeliner, £16


Draw a straight line about 1/2 cm long from between the lashes in the outer corner of your eye in the direction of your eyebrow. Next, follow the lash line from the inner corner of your eye, starting thin but as you take the line across your eye begin to raise it gradually away from your lashes so a gap starts to form, until you meet the  and join this line up with the flick you created at the outer corner. Finish by filling in the gap. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, £18.50


Trace the upper lash line with a delicate, thin line and carefully flick it outward when you reach the outer corner of the eye, making sure the flick only has a slight curve to it. Follow the same process along your bottom lash line, but don't let the two lines meet. A thin eyeliner brush is best for this look, as it allows you to be precise and keep the line sleek and thin. Clarins Instant Liner, £21

Cat eye



For a cat eye, drag your eyeliner brush from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner, creating a winged edge when you reach the outer corner. The wing should be just between your eyelashes and use the ending of your eyebrow as marker for where the line length should end. Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner, £2.99 

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