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The 23 Best Korean Eyeliners

Skincare has been a long-running institution in the ever-growing K-beauty world. But it’s certainly not on its own when it comes to beauty. Makeup is still a vital, somewhat understated aspect of Korean beauty trends.

And let’s not den-eye it (sorry!). Our eyes are, and will always be the windows to the soul. And they never fall far from the tree of beauty. But how do you know which eyeliners are really worth investing in? And which are the best brands, types, and colors for you? It really comes down to personal preference. But in the meantime, I decided to do some deep diving to discover the most popular and best Korean eyeliners available. So read on and find out why you should invest in some K-beauty eyeliners for your peepers!

What Type of Eyeliner Do I Need?

The most popular and common types of eyeliner include traditional wooden pencils, gel eyeliner pencils, felt or brush tip pens, liquid eyeliners, and eyeliner pots.

The look you are trying to achieve, your personal skin type, and makeup requirements, in general, will all help you to decide the type of eyeliner that you should be on the lookout for.

The appeal of Korean eyeliners goes much further than their affordability. They also tend to be long-lasting, water-proof, and also oil-resistant.

Basically, you want your eyeliner to stay on your eyes!

Affordability, long-lasting, waterproof. Sounds like a match made in makeup heaven, right?

There is a lot of competition in Korean Beauty. But competition forces companies to lift their game in order to deliver superior products. And this, in turn, can only benefit you and me as consumers.

So without further ado, here is my list of the top 25 eyeliners available in the Korean market.

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23 of the Best Korean Eyeliners in 2021

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liquid eyeliner pot with brush
Etude Oh M’Eye Line

Etude Oh M’Eye Line

  • fine-tapered brush applicator
  • rich, opaque consistency
  • contains citric acid
  • long-lasting
  • smudge-proof
  • available in 5 various shades

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Tony Moly Back Gel Eyeliner

  • gel-based formulation
  • small brush applicator for ease of use
  • contains grapeseed oil and macadamia oil
  • water resistant
  • long lasting and smudgeproof
  • available in 7 various shades

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Laneige Finger Graphic Liner

  • innovative grip applicator for tremble-free eyeliner
  • waterproof and sweatproof
  • felt-tip pen applicator
  • tapered tip for filling in gaps while creating eyeline shape
  • available in black, brown, burgundy, and sequin beige

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Aekyung Luna Proof Extreme Slim Liner

  • slim tip felt-pen formulation
  • waterproof, sweatproof, and oil-proof
  • long-lasting
  • easy to remove
  • available in 4 colors

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eyeliner pencil
Clio Sharp So Simple Eyeliner Pencil

Clio Sharp So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner

  • creamy, smooth pencil formulation
  • self-sharpening 2mm thick (or thin!) pencil tip
  • waterproof, sweatproof and smudgeproof
  • available in 6 various shades of black, brown and burgundy

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Etude House Proof 10 Gel Pencil AD Eyeliner

  • waterproof and oil resistant
  • creamy gel-consistency pencil
  • available in 6 colors

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Mesaidu 2 in 1 Eye Makeup

  • double ended felt-tip pen
  • natural brown and carbon black color options
  • quick drying
  • waterproof, sweatproof and smudge-proof
  • 0.3mm tip size

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Black liquid Eyeliner
Clio Kill Black Waterproof Pen Liner

Clio Waterproof Pen Liner

  • smudge-proof and waterproof
  • spongy-tip applicator
  • available in black and brown
  • long-lasting

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Etude Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner

  • water and sweat resistant
  • 0.3mm felt tip pen
  • easy to remove
  • available in black and brown

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Kayla-ism Super Shiny Liner

  • waterproof and oil-proof
  • long-lasting
  • suitable for all skin types
  • gloss finish

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The Face Shop Gold Collagen Marker Eyeliner

  • marker-style brush pen
  • contains spriodela polyrhiza extract to enhance lash growth
  • good for mature skin
  • contains hydrolyzed collagen to help hydrate and give elasticity to eyelashes
  • available in black and brown

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eyeliner pen
Bbia Last Pen Eyeliner

Bbia Last Pen Eyeliner

  • long-lasting
  • applies the finest, thinnest lines
  • quick drying
  • sweat and oil proof
  • non-sweating and non-cracking
  • available in 5 colors

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isLeaf Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner

  • long-lasting
  • hypoallergenic
  • waterproof and oil-proof
  • smudge-proof
  • available in black and brown

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Innisfree Always New Auto Liner

  • self-sharpening cap – options for two levels of sharpness
  • smudge-proof
  • versatile multi-use pencil – for lips, eyes, brows
  • available in 25 colors

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SAEM Eco Soul Powerproof Slim Eyeliner

  • gel eyeliner pencil formulation
  • long lasting
  • water, sweat and oil proof
  • available in 9 colors

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Im’Unny Skinny Fit Slim Pencil

  • gel eyeliner pencil formulation
  • quick-drying
  • waterproof
  • oil and water resistant
  • smudgeproof
  • available in 5 shades of black and brown

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Macqueen Waterproof Pen Eyeliner

  • high-pigment
  • felt-tip pen
  • smudgeproof and waterproof
  • available in 3 colors

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Clio Gelspresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Eyeliner

  • waterproof and sweatproof
  • talc-free and paraben-free
  • sharpener inside lid
  • smudge-proof
  • available in 8 colors

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3CE Superslim Pen Eyeliner

  • smudge-free and flake-free
  • long-lasting
  • matte finish
  • high pigment
  • available in 4 colors

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Espoir Bronze Painting Eye Pencil

  • waterproof
  • unusual bronze pearlescent pigment
  • creamy pencil formulation
  • bronze color

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Merzy The First Pen Eyeliner

  • fine, felt-tip pen applicator (1.2mm)
  • sweat and oil-proof
  • contains anise extract
  • available in 3 colors

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Lilybyred AM9 to PM9 Survival Pen Liner

  • smudge-proof
  • ultra-fine fiber brush for precision
  • long-lasting
  • matte finish
  • available in 3 colors

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Espoir Non-Smudging Brush Eyeliner

  • soft and super-fine brush 0.7mm
  • non-clogging color
  • easy to use
  • available in black and brown
  • adhesive and high-pigment for long-lasting Korean Eyeliner Techniques

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Check Out This Cute Eyeliner Tutorial For Beginners

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Pro Tip

As our youtuber mentioned in the above video, something I wanted to expand on a little.

Obviously doing fine lines with the various types of eyeliners available can lead to making mistakes, and creating a mess on your lids.

The best way to clean these up is by using products that allow you to apply makeup straight back over the top of them.

I like to use a tapered q-tip. This takes the hard work out of your clean up. As the end of the tip already has a slight point to it, if you place it on the area you need to sharpen up, and spiral it as you drag it (not literally!) along your eyelid, you won’t leave any mess behind, and turning it will ensure you can remove all of the eyeliner or eyemakeup product in one go.

My go-to q-tips are called Eye-tees. I like to get mine from Frends Beauty here.

I also like to use Makeup Forever Sens’eyes. It is a gentle formulation and won’t sting your eyes. And once you have cleaned everything up and then, you are ready to get back to your makeup. The real beauty of MUFE’s Sens’eyes is that it is not oily and leaves absolutely no residue behind.

What this means that you can apply makeup straight over the top of it with no issues at all.

If you do make a mess that is unavoidable, and impossible for you to clean up, sometimes you can just go with it!!!

Your makeup may not be what you had in mind, to begin with, but perhaps time is pressing. So that lovely liquid eyeliner look may turn into a nice dramatic smokey eye!

Sometimes it’s refreshing to get a bit spontaneous and creative with your makeup, don’t you think?

Korean Eyeliner Techniques

Layered Eyeliner

This technique has been around for some time now. It is exactly how it sounds, where you can create a little added interest and finesse to your eyes by layering two different tones of eyeliners. Or perhaps different colors on different sections across your lash line and lid.

For example, you could try a navy and black layer. Or metallic charcoal or burgundy with black. The options are left entirely up to you.

Doll Eyes

This anti-aging, slightly eerie look involves a lot of eyeliner. In dramatically exaggerating the eye shape, the eyeliner is painted on to create a “doll eye”. The eyeliner, usually liquid, lines the entire top lid, and outer-half of the bottom lid. It is reminiscent of the painted on eyes of dolls.

Youtubers and IG videos share extensive how-to demos that often include the model sporting contact lenses to complete the look. This helps to sell the un-lifelike doll eye sensibility even a step more.

Dog or Puppy Dog Eyes

This simple eyeliner technique involves simply lining your top eyelid with a straight forward line to enhance the shape of the lid. At the outer corner, the line direction heads downwards, and extends out past the end point of your eye corner.

Hence the dog eye, or puppy eye look.

The Flick

One of the oldest tricks in the eyeliner, book, this technique has been used back when Cleopatra ruled. It really forms the basis of so many of these eyeliner styles we mention. And as the name suggests, involves the liner being “flicked” upwards as it departs away from the outer end of your eye. Also known as the cat-eye liner, and there are many variations on this theme.

The Fishtail

Another play on the extended flick eyeliner, this look involves two flicks. One extends from the top eyeliner, and the other extends from the lower eyeliner. It then creates two sweeping lines, that have been dubbed the fishtail. This technique can give you a bit more room creatively, and some freedom to play a little with color, adding a secondary color to one of the lines, and be a bit more daring than your standard black or brown liner.

Tightlining

This is the name given to what those of us who were born before 2000 (just a few minutes ago, right?) used to simply refer to eyeliner on the inner eyes.

The eyeliner is applied to your waterline/s to help create the illusion of fuller eyelashes. This can also, sometimes, unwittingly, cause your eye to appear much smaller than it is, so the benefits may be outweighed by the drawbacks. It is still a popular technique, and oftentimes, top tightlining, or lining only the top waterline can be used with great effect.

K-Beauty Makeup in a Nutshell

Korean makeup trends seem to be strongly rooted in complexion. Preparing and nurturing yur complexion, and only using makeup as the icing on top.

This is not to say that K-beauty doesn’t celebrate makeup, as it does. And I think nowadays it is not entirely uncommon for K-beauty to be at the forefront of beauty trends and styles before the West catches up.

It is a finer application, and the actual eye makeup is cleaner. Softer colors like peaches and soft browns are used minimally. Eyeliner definitely features strongly (hence this entire article) but it is applied more as a suggestion, or a gentle enhancement, than heavy and literally, in your face!

Sparkle and kicks of shimmer and sheen are used to highlight certain parts of the eye or face, and all-in-all, makeup is definitely a global trend, s about creating youthfulness and celebrating beauty.

What is the Best Korean Eyeliner in 2021?

After much sampling, testing, rubbing, and scrubbing, I have two favorites. The first being the Clio Waterproof Pen Liner in Kill Black. It’s easy to use, applies an opaque, clean black line that you can control the width and depth of easily.

And for my absolute favorite, and therefor best Korean Eyeliner, drum roll please……..

The Bbia Last Pen Eyeliner in Black. For me, this pen liner created the thinnest lines I have ever seen in an eyeliner pen. I’m blown away. I have control when using it. It applies a lovely clean and opaque black consistency, and I can easily make the liner as thick as I like or as thin as a hair. And that’s why The Last Pen Eyeliner is the ultimate winner for me.

And on the whole, I might just have to call myself converted. These eyeliners are highly affordable, and all apply beautifully. Consider my eyes LINED!!!

Featured Image by Pesce Huang

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