Telebest: Six of the best liquid eyeliners from Rimmel to Lancome
Whether you prefer sharp lines or Sixties-style flicks, accentuate your eyes with our favourite staple cosmetic. Pippa Bailey tests them out.
1. Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner: £5.29, Boots
We have come back to this liner again over the years. It gives a reliably good, flake-free, matte-black finish for a quarter of the price of other similar liners. The plastic packaging is no-frills, but the results are excellent.
2. YSL Couture Eye Marker: £23.50, YSL Beauty
This is essentially a posh felt-tip - and we love it. This is a great choice for bold, 60s-style lines. Use the flat side of the wand for simple one-width lines and the narrower tip to line the inner corner and achieve a flick.
3. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen: £43, John Lewis
This is one of those products that's expensive for eyeliner so we really didn't want to like it, but we do. In fact, it has now become our go-to for a perfect line every time. It's double ended, with a wider, longer brush tip on one end and a shorter, thinner felt tip on the other for more precise work. And the formula lasts all day, with no smudging.
4. DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX: £16, Escentual
Another Japanese brand, DHC's applicator is effective and no-frills, but makes it into our list simply on the strength of its formula. It stands above the rest for the smoothest application and deepest black we tried.
5. Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen: £19, Clinique
Our tester found this one lived up to its name, being super easy to apply for those who are often a little heavy-handed with the eyeliner. The tiny tip is really precise and the formula doesn't smudge at all, even in high humidity.
6. Lancome Grandiose Eyeliner: £23, Lancome
Our tester found that the bendable wand made it far easier to achieve flicks and the finish was matte and opaque with just one layer. This felt tip liner is very fine and flexible, so giving you a neat line. Another hit.