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14 Best Colorful Eyeliners With Bold Pigment That Stays in Place All Day

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We have a few rules about eyeliner that can never be broken. First, if you’re going to use it, be bold (who else thinks that eyeliner can sense fear?). Second, pick up a formula that sits on the eyes just how you want it and lasts all day. And finally, a little color never hurt anyone, so have fun and play up those eyes. Rocking colorful eyeliner is a great way to spice up an all-black outfit or to add a bit of excitement to any costume, holiday, or celebration.

But instead of trying and buying tons of products to see which ones actually stay put and last all day, we rounded up the top 14 colorful eyeliners that are tried and true, and actually look pigmented after application. Keep reading for the best colorful eyeliners to try out now. And if you need help on the best way to apply liquid liner, we have you covered on that front too.

LOVE+CRAFT+BEAUTY Gel Line Eye Pencil

Just because we’re talking about colorful eyeliner doesn’t mean the color has to be drastic. This copper-colored eyeliner adds the perfect amount of glam to any look and is a great way to break out of your usual routine without feeling overwhelmed. 

2. SKINN COSMETICS Bright Eyes Eye Enhancing Eyeliner

SKINN COSMETICS Bright Eyes Eye Enhancing Eyeliner

A nude eyeliner is like a cup of coffee on a Monday morning. Simply apply one to your waterline to make your eyes pop and instantly look more awake. You can also use a long-lasting nude shade like this to brighten up your inner corners!

3. TARTE™ Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner

TARTE™ clay pot waterproof shadow liner

A cruelty-free gel-cream that can be used as an eyeliner or eyeshadow, this formula is like magic. For an all-over look, it can be buffed out upon application but still be budge-proof for long-term wear

4. FORMULA Z COSMETICS Happy Stick Dual Ended Eyeliner

FORMULA Z COSMETICS Happy Stick Dual Ended Liner

We aren’t wearing colorful eyeliners as much as we’re wearing our old reliable shades of blacks and browns, and because of that, we love the idea of paring down our makeup drawers with this dual-ended stick. One side features a stunning blue eyeliner color, while the other features a hunter green. 

5. OFRA COSMETICS Eyeliner Pencil

OFRA COSMETICS Turquoise Eyeliner

We love the versatility of this water-resistant product! Not only can it be worn around your eyes, but it can also be applied to your lips as a lip liner. (For more tips and tricks, here are Beauty Hacks That Will Make Your Makeup, Hair, Skin, and Nail Routines So Much Easier.)

6. EYEKO Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner

EYEKO Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner

Hear us out: Intense. Black. Pigment. Plus, the precision brush tip on this waterproof liner is super user-friendly. You don't need to be a makeup artist to master your winged liner.

(We also named this product the “Best Waterproof Eyeliner With Lash-Boosting Benefits” in our roundup of the 18 Best Waterproof Eyeliners.)

7. GLAMOUR DOLLS Retractable Gel Eyeliner

GLAMOUR DOLLS Retractable Gel Eyeliner

The best thing about blue eyeliner is that it adds a gorgeous pop to any shade of eyes. This eyeliner adds an extra sparkle for brown eyes, while it complements and plays up blue eyes. Since it’s retractable, you never have to worry about purchasing a sharpener. 

8. LAURA GELLER Kajal Longwear Eyeliner

LAURA GELLER Kajal Longwear Eyeliner

A built-in sharpener is just one of a few things we like about this liner. Its soft, kohl formula is infused with moisturizing Vitamin E for a smooth glide every time. 

9. GIRLACTIK Perfect Pair Eyeliner Duo

GIRLACTIK Eyeliner Duo Gel Eyeliner and Precise Marker

When black eyeliner is too intense for your daytime makeup look, a brown eyeliner is a great option. We like these two long-wear products that can pull off the perfect wing, starting at the lash line with the gel liner and defining the inner corner and outer wing with the marker. (For more winged liner mastery, here are the 15 Best Liquid Eyeliners for No-Fuss Wings.)

10. ARACELI BEAUTY Ojos Perfectos Gel Pencil Eyeliner

ARACELI BEAUTY Ojos Perfectos Gel Pencil Eyeliner

Add a pop of matte or metallic color with these cruelty-free pencil liners! This Ipster said it best: "Smooth eyeliner, rich color and goes on nicely with no smudging."

11. LORD & BERRY Line/Shade Eye Pencil

LORD & BERRY Line/Shade Eye Pencil

This pencil is easy to apply and has intense color payoff. One Ipster said, “Smooth application with staying power! That's what I like in an eyeliner.” 

12. ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Waterproof Gel Lip Liner in True Red

ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Waterproof Gel Lip Liner in True Red

Red eyeliner is the move. If you want to do something festive for a holiday, add red eyeliner to the top of eyelids and extend the wing outward past the eye. Then turn it into a cute bow and top it with a rhinestone in the center. It’s the easiest way to play with red eyeliner, and you’ll be getting compliments all night. 

13. COMPLEX CULTURE Dual Ended Eyeliner

COMPLEX CULTURE Dual Ended Eyeliner

Another way to play with colorful eyeliner is to add it to your bottom lashes only. This dual-ended eye pencil has a nude shade so you can fill in your waterline and make eyes look larger. Then take the deep red color and add it underneath your lashes to add a little drama to your finished makeup look.

14. TANAÏS Liquid Kajal

TANAÏS Liquid Kajal

The reviews are in on this Ipster-approved product, and it’s clear: This eyeliner stays in place all day. It’s a beauty miracle! We love green eyeliner for any occasion, but think about how fun it would be to use it during the holidays when green is in season. We recommend using this for a fresh take on a cat eye that will have your friends doing a double take.

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Brittany Leitner
Brittany is an award winning beauty, health, and lifestyle writer and author of the poetry book "23 Emotions." She has eight years of experience writing for brands like Elite Daily, The. Dr. Oz Show, Shape, Stylecaster, Bustle, and more.
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Article Last Updated January 18, 2024 12:00 AM