Makeup Wars tackles black eyeliners

Makeup Wars has decided to do a very basic, one might say boring, topic this week – black eyeliners. As a blogger with limited photography skills as well as no photoshop program, I can’t even make it pretty. But I can tell you about my favorites and it’s more than possible that you’ll learn about a liner or two that you’d want to try.

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

I live for eyeliner (in a cosmetic way that is). I feel dull and unfinished without it. It is an obsession of mine. This past year I’ve been on a quest for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. In that quest though I found a lot of black liquid eyeliners, many more than brown.  Just about every brand makes a black liquid. But they are not created equal. Read about my experience with an Essence liner for proof of that.

6 favorite black liquid liners - it's the point of it all

6 favorite black liquid liners – it’s the point of it all

I want a liquid eyeliner with a firm point, one that is dark black, one that I can make a thin line with and one that doesn’t make my eyes water. I want a liner that lasts the entire day but that removes easily with eye makeup remover. I want one that doesn’t crack or disappear if my eyes tear up. Not too much to ask, is it? Let’s see which ones can meet my criteria.

EDDIE FUNKHOUSER Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus is the one that started it all for me. It wasn’t my first black liquid eyeliner. I’d tried many. But it made me stand up and take notice. Here’s what I said before and it stands to this day: “This doesn’t fade or smudge, it lasts through even my major hot flashes, it doesn’t migrate, and it’s so black that it’s blacker than black. It practically applies itself, it’s that easy to use.” I first got it as a PR sample and I’ve since bought it so I won’t be without. ($10.99)

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

FACE STOCKHOLM PRECISION LIQUID EYELINER is the first black liquid liner I reviewed on Beauty Info Zone. I remember when I received it from the company and how excited I was. I use this often still and it’s as precise as the day the first day. The nib of the pen hasn’t broken down at all. It’s still as perfect as in its early life. ($36)

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID LINER IN NOIR is the newest addition to my collection. I am blown away by the Youngblood Eye Liquid Liner Pens. They come in 5 shades which are all great. Marron, the brown, is holy grail for me – the best brown liquid eyeliner I’ve found. Noir, the black, isn’t far behind. These liners are good for the entire day, no matter the circumstances. Noir glides on without skipping and I get the thin line that I prefer. ($26)

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

SENNA PINPOINT MICRO TIP LIQUID EYELINER is especially great if you feel you have unsteady hands for liquid liners. At the top where you hold it the plastic is somewhat indented and the material is more matte making it easier to hold onto. There’s no sliding of your fingertips. This liner is wonderful if you want to create a cat eye and Senna has some great tips on how to do that. ($20)

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

CAILYN IDEFINE LIQUID EYELINER is my new favorite product from Cailyn. I’ve got a slew of eyeliners from Cailyn but this is the one that I’m using the most. The brush is the thinnest of the 6 I’m sharing today. It’s a very flexible yet firm felt tip that applies easily plus it’s a super dark black. ($18)

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

EYEKO SKINNY MINI LIQUID EYELINER was in one of my many subscription boxes and it’s a treasure. The full size is available at Sephora for $16. I find this to be more of a blackened charcoal. It’s not super black, it’s not a harsh shade, so it’s a great addition when I don’t feel like my liner looking too dark. It’s made me want to try the waterproof Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner next.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

So there’s my sea of black. The only thing that could make me happier (eyeliner wise that is) would be if these wonderful liners also came in a dark brown. Then I’d be doing a happy dance. In the meantime, I’m loving these black liquid eyeliners. I hope some of my blogger buddies have some suggestions in their posts. Have you tried any of these? Do you have an idea for a black liquid I should try? — Marcia

*some items received from PR


  1. Great choices! Black liners are really a staple

  2. Wow, so many liquid liners that I haven’t tried.

  3. The eyeko one is def a fave. I’d love to try the EF one!

  4. Eyeko makes suuuuuch a good liner!

  5. Such great liquid choices!

  6. So….. I have not tried any of these!!

  7. That Essence liner that you hate so much got discontinued! Look how much power you have!

  8. Dang! I forgot Eyeko, thanks for reminding me!

  9. beautyin says

    @Cindy, I’m going to need a new Eyeko soon. It’s gotten a lot of use.

  10. beautyin says

    @jbrobeck – yea for the power of Beauty Info Zone. The liner scared me from Essence. Now it’s safe to tread the waters again.

  11. beautyin says

    @Eugenia – none of my liquid liners?? You need to get with the program. Start with Eddie Funkhouser!

  12. beautyin says

    @Kelly – I’m very into liquid liners these days.
    @Brittany – I am soon going to need another Eyeko liner since I’ve used mine so much.
    @Blushing Noir – get Eddie. It’s at Dermstore and they have free shipping.
    @All Lacquered Up – these aren’t all my black liquid liners even.

  13. beautyin says

    @Laura – I didn’t realize until we did this Makeup Wars just how much I wear black liner.

  14. Robin Wilson says

    I’ve gotten to the age where I’ve had to give up black and go for brown eyeliners but this is great information and a good place to start as to where to get the best! Thanks for the info!

  15. I’ve always wanted to try stuff from Eyeko!

  16. That Eddie Funkhouser eyeliner sounds great!

  17. You’ve pushed me over the “I can’t decide” edge with the Eyeko. I’ve almost bought it twice, and clearly I should listen to my gut more!

  18. I want all the same things from my eyeliners 😀

  19. Bonnie C. says

    Thank you for sharing Marcia, looks like a bunch of great options! 🙂