Eyeliner is a quintessential makeup product that has been around for centuries. You can take a look from drab to fab in seconds. Today, we’re spoiled with many kinds of eyeliner, from gel to liquid to pencil. Making a wing last is trickier than usual for those of us with oily eyelids, as the makeup can sometimes start to melt right off. First and foremost, you need a powerful eye primer that will stop oil production on your eyelids as much as possible; we recommend the Urban Decay Eden Matte Primer Potion or the Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Base. Then, of course, you’ll need a lineup of high-quality eyeliners that won’t fade or smudge. Keep reading for the 15 best liners that get the job done.
Best eyeliners for oily lids:
- Maybelline – Hyper Easy Brush Tip Liquid Liner
- Urban Decay – 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil
- NYX – Retractable Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil
- Bobbi Brown – Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
- Julep – When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner Pencil
- KVD Beauty – Tattoo Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
- Sephora – 12 Hour Contour Pencil Eyeliner
- Stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
- Revlon – ColorStay Eyeliner
- Maybelline – Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
- Wet n Wild – Mega Last Breakup Proof Liquid Eyeliner
- Rimmel London – Exaggerate Eye Definer
- Kaja – Wink Stamp Waterproof Eyeliner Stamp & Pen
- NYX – Epic Wear Metallic Liquid Liner
- e.l.f. Cosmetics – H2O Proof Eyeliner Pen
The first on our list is Maybelline’s Hyper Easy Brush Tip Liquid Liner, my all-time favorite black eyeliner. The brush is ultra flexible with no skipping or slipping, allowing for the crispest wing ever. The hexagonal shape also makes it easy to hold and maintain your grip.
This cult classic from Urban Decay has close to 26,000 reviews on Ulta, with almost 19,000 rated five stars. The 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil truly lives up to the hype. The waterproof, creamy formula doesn’t budge and is designed for all-day wear. It comes in matte, shimmer, satin, metallic and glitter finishes to create any look you can imagine.
Twist and shout with the NYX Retractable Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil, a liner designed to be smudge-proof even through brutal heat and humidity. It’s one of the more affordable options on the list. It comes in classic white, brown and black colors, plus gorgeous jewel-toned shades like royal purple and deep blue.
Makeup veteran Bobbi Brown knows a thing or two about cosmetics, and her products never disappoint. The Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner provides 8-hour sweat-proof and humidity-resistant wear — especially helpful for folks in hotter areas. One Ulta reviewer said they “searched the ends of the earth” to find an eyeliner perfect for hooded and oily eyes, and this is it!
Julep makes highly underrated products. The brand’s When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner Pencil — the cutest name ever — is made with a unique wax blend that glides on seamlessly with no skipping or tugging. It comes in over 20 matte and shimmer shades. Use this with Julep’s Torpedo Sharpener to keep it smooth and sharp.
Next is the KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, a Sephora community favorite. The pigment is one of the boldest I’ve ever used. The pen’s felt tip is flexible and soft for your easiest wing ever — trust me on this. Always store the pen tip-down so the brush stays saturated.
Many people skip over the Ulta and Sephora collections in favor of more well-known items, but they both have hidden gems. The Sephora 12 Hour Contour Pencil Eyeliner features an intense formula in various matte, shimmer and glitter finishes. It’s yet another affordable pick that won’t disappoint!
Another cult classic, Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, gives you the ultimate amount of definition. You’ll have complete control using the marker-like tip, whether you’re making precise swipes or dramatic strokes. This is waterproof, transfer-proof, and ophthalmologist-tested, meaning it’s safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
Revlon’s ColorStay Eyeliner, like the Rimmel London eyeliner we mentioned above, has a built-in sharpener and mini smudger for convenience. This formula is ophthalmologist-tested and stays put for 24 hours. One Ulta reviewer raved about how water-resistant it is and how long it lasted throughout the day.
Maybelline never disappoints. Their Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, which comes in a sturdy glass pot, glides smoothly and effortlessly for a lasting look. Plus, it comes with a mini brush, so you won’t need to go out and buy one if that’s missing from your collection.
The Wet n Wild Mega Last Breakup Proof Liquid Eyeliner proves you don’t need to drop a lot of coin for a high-quality product. The pigment is intensely black for a dramatic look every time, with a fine brush tip for precise application. It’s waterproof, smudge-proof and has 16-hour wear.
The next eyeliner on our list works double duty for long-wearing application. The Rimmel London Exaggerate Eye Definer has a twist-up self-sharpener to keep the tip in good shape and a mini smudger for achieving a smokey look. It boasts over 15,000 reviews on Amazon, with over 11,500 rated five stars.
Never tried an eyeliner wing stamp? Your life is about to change. Kaja Beauty understood the assignment with their Wink Stamp double-sided pen. One side has a flawless wing stamp to start the cat eye of your dreams, and the other is a felt-tip liquid liner to round out the look. Stamp, line, wink, done.
Sometimes you need a little extra color in your life, and that’s where the NYX Epic Wear Metallic Liquid Liner comes in. The liquid gel formula is semi-permanent, so keep that in mind before applying. It has a flexible brush tip that creates killer looks on your face or body — the possibilities are endless!
The e.l.f. H2O Proof Eyeliner Pen has a vitamin-infused formula that nourishes your lash line and stays put all day. It’s quick-drying, so smudging is out of the question, and the pigment is intense and striking no matter what look you’re creating.