We're always on the hunt for the perfect liquid liner: The ideal formula is as easy to draw with as it is long-wearing — and you know what else helps? An affordable price tag. Which is why we consulted six different makeup artists and asked them to spill the details on some of their favorite drugstore liquid eyeliners.
They did not disappoint, sharing options that range from quick-drying, long-wearing options for $2.99, to smoother-than-smooth brush tips that retail for roughly the cost of a hero sandwich. Keep reading to see the eight best liquid liners under $10, according to professional makeup artists.
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"This liquid liner really has it all, as the texture is easy to work with, the color is a very intense black, it dries quickly, and once dry, it stays in place forever," says celebrity makeup artist Allison Depriestre.
NYX Matte Liquid Liner, $7.50
Here's another favorite of Depriestre's: "This liquid liner has a great staying power, and the brush it comes with is well designed and thin enough to create any eyeliner shape," she says.
"I love this liner mostly because it is available in a variety of amazing shades which are original yet totally wearable," explains Depriestre. "It is also available in metallic shades as well." (Which is always a bonus in our book.)
"At just $6.99, this felt tipped eyeliner pen is a rich, deep black, and the fine tip makes application a breeze," says New York City-based makeup artist Kasey Adam Spickard. "The staying power is also fantastic, as once it's set, it lasts (with no transfer) all day."