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Eyeliner was the first makeup I ever used. I’ll never let middle-school-me down for that.
Specifically, drugstore eyeliners were the first makeup products I ever wore. I applied it badly and like any rebellious child, I blamed the eyeliner. When I got older, I started purchasing high-end eyeliners.
Now, I know what you are thinking. “Haha, she’s such a makeup noob, good products can’t replace proper technique!” That is very true, but I am still glad that I spent the money in those formative makeup years on high-end rather than drugstore eyeliners. We tend to think of high-end makeup as simply being better quality. While that is a part of it, I think more importantly, high-end makeup brands are the innovators of the makeup world. High-end makeup brands push boundaries, improve existing products and create new trends. Drugstore makeup brands keep up and do the bare minimum in order for their products to sell.
Experiencing the high-end eyeliners (and makeup in general,) taught me what is possible. I learned that I need not settle for eyeliners that tub on my eyes when applied or that smear at the first sign of moisture or oil. Also, that liquid eyeliners CAN be easy to apply. Lots of lessons learned, I tell you.
Back in the present, these are the drugstore eyeliners that stand up to the big guns, aka high-end eyeliners. Honestly, I never see the need to purchase another $25 eyeliner ever again!
*UPDATED: New drugstore eyeliners have been released since this post was originally published. In order to keep this info current and super helpful, I have changed some of my top drugstore eyeliner picks to keep up with the times. I plan on updating consistently as new products are released!
THE QUICK VERSION
NYX Epic Ink Eyeliner
L’Oreal Matte Signature Liquid Eyeliner
Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer
Milani Stay Put 16HR Eyeliner
Flower Beauty Forever Wear Long-Wear Eyeliner
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Lash 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Serum
Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil
NYX Retractable Eyeliner
Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
That’s all for today!
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