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Best Korean Eyeliners

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We've covered the Best Korean Eye Patches and The Best Eye Creams, products that take care of those pretty eyes but today we are talking about Korean eyeliners. BTW also check out our articles on the best Japanese Eyeliners, eyeliners for tightlining and eyelid tape. From giving the eyes a preferred definition to changing the shape all together, eyeliner is can be a miraculous makeup tool. Regardless of its type or formula, eyeliners can help you make a style statement with couple swipes of a pen, pencil or a brushstroke.

On the go, a few makeup tools can match up to eyeliners in creating natural yet stunning changes to the face. You can also go for more bold and dramatic looks. Today, we are going to talk more and more about eyeliners. Woo-hoo! At last, it’s Korean eyeliner time! Let’s dig deep!

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST KOREAN EYELINER

Eyeliners come in a variety of formulas to address different issues. Nowadays, eyeliners are formulated with waxes and oils to make them water and sweat resistant. Contemporary eyeliners are packed with silicone-based components to resist the smudges. Oily and waxy eyeliners are a great pick for those with sensitive eyes. You'll even find eyeliners specifically designed for individuals who wear contact lenses. We chose the top 10 best Korean eyeliners on the market and fill you in one all the details of each eyeliner!

Type

  • We let you know if the eyeliner is a liquid, pencil or gel formula

Waterproof

  • We let you know which eyeliners are waterproof

Tip

  • Is it a budget eyeliner or a bit more pricey? We fill you in. 

# of Colors

  • We fill you on on how many colors the eyeliners is available in

Types of Eyeliner

Eyeliners come in a range of types. Eyeliner is the one makeup tool I would bring with me if I was stranded on an island! Here are the different types of eyeliners.

Pencil Eyeliners

Pencil eyeliners are oil-based, waxy and sticky eyeliners. They are the most common, most affordable, and most popular eyeliners. Depending on your preference, you can choose either a hard or soft pencil. Soft pencils are easy to apply while the hard ones are longer lasting. Thanks to the fact that they are super easy to use, portable, long-lasting, and have a wide range of color selections, it’s the best pick for a beginner.

Liquid Eyeliners

Whether it's their high pigmentation or long-lasting effect and dramatic effect, liquid eyeliners are the most professional eyeliners in the market. These liquid eyeliners come in a glass jar or plastic tube and a brush is needed to apply the liquid on the eyeline. However, applying this liquid eyeliner on your own can be pretty challenging. You also have to wait for the liquid to dry off or it'll smudge.

Pen Eyeliners

Pen eyeliners are the perfect in-between alternative for pencil and liquid eyeliners. It combines the ease of use of pencil eyeliners and long-lasting effect of liquid eyeliners. You can get more of a neat and crisp line from a pointy pen eyeliner. However, you won't find as many color varieties in pen eyeliners.

Powder Eyeliners

Powder eyeliners come in powder form and have to be applied via a thin and flat brush. Even though it can give your eyes a more natural and youthful look, it is not a long lasting look. Powder eyeliners are popular for their smoky eye look.

Gel Eyeliners

One of the latest creations in the Korean makeup industry is the gel or cream eyeliner with a soft and creamy consistency. Gel eyeliners can be deemed as the younger sibling of liquid eyeliners. Similar to liquid eyeliners, you need an applicator apply. You also have to give gel eyeliners ample time to dry.

THE BEST KOREAN EYELINER

Korean Eyeliner

Name

Brush Included?

Waterproof?

Tip

#of colors

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TONYMOLY - Backstage Gel Eyeliner

Yes

No

Square Tip

3

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Etude House - Oh My Eye Line

Yes

No

Square Tip

4

Etude House - Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner

Yes

Yes

Square Tip

5

Clio - Waterproof Pen Liner

No

Yes

Brush Tip

2

Etude House - Tear Drop Liner

Yes

No

Flat Tip

4

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Innisfree - Auto Pencil Liner

Yes

No

Square Tip

5

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Laniege - Gel Liquid Liner

Yes

Yes

Square Tip

3

CLIO - Waterproof Pencil Liner

Yes

Yes

Square Tip

6

TONYMOLY - Backstage Gel Eyeliner

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Gel

$

Yes it's Waterproof

6 color choices

If you are looking for a high-quality, long lasting eyeliner with great consistency, you must try the Backstage Gel Eyeliner from Tony Moly. This awesome and affordable pick from TonyMoly is waterproof and highly consistent. The packaging is clean and elegant.

This eyeliner is formulated with thixotrepic gel and silicone ingredients. Thixotrepic gel helps you get a smoother line. The silicone make it lasts longer and makes it waterproof. Its recommended that you apply any eye shadow first before applying the eyeliner.

Whether it's the smooth gel consistency, waterproof and long-lasting formula or the affordability, it is without a doubt the best Korean eyeliner!



Etude House - Oh My Eye Line

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Liquid

$

Not Waterproof

3 color choices

If you are looking for a highly pigmented and smudge-proof liquid eyeliner, you probably won't get anything better than the Oh My Eye Line eyeliner from the famed Korean name in K-beauty,  Etude House.

The applicator is a soft and fine-tipped brush. It doesn’t pick up or hold too much, or too little product. You can create thicker or thinner layers easily with this fine tipped brush. One of the awesome points of this eyeliner is that it dries out quite rapidly.

Moreover, it gives you a matte finish. With a quick drying time, affordability, semi-matte finish, long-lasting competency, this liquid eyeliner is a dream product for home enthusiasts yearning for a professional look.

Etude House - Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner

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Liquid

$

Water Resistant

2 color choices

If you are on the lookout for a highly portable and liquid eye-liner pen then the Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner from Etude House might be the best possible solution for you. Like always, Etude House doesn't disappoint.

The tip of this eyeliner delivers all the precision and you will be able to draw impressively thin lines with this brush. Maneuvering this brush has never been so easy. Regardless of the design or width of the line, you can certainly achieve it with this eyeliner even if you aren't a pro. This product is not waterproof but it is water-resistant. Overall, be it affordability, precise control, or its water resistant formula this is a great professional grade product for home use.

Clio - Waterproof Pen Liner

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Liquid

$

Yes it's Waterproof

3 color choices

Next up, check out the award-winning Waterproof Pen Liner from Clio. This is an iconic Clio classic that speaks for itself with its wins 5 years in a row for best eyeliner. It is considered to be one of the best selling Korean eyeliners of all time. This pen liner is outfitted with a unique felt tip pen that will allow you to draw with precision.

It is formulated with carbon black for some of the deepest black effects on the market. This product features a smudge-proof and waterproof compound. The spongy felt-tip applicator will allow you to draw dramatic winged lines effortlessly. It is very easy to apply the product. It's also easy to wash off! Regardless of whether you are a makeup pro or a newbie, this pen is designed for the girl  on the go.

Etude House - Tear Drop Liner

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Liquid

$

Water Resistant

4 color choices

If you are into shimmers, and sparkles check out the Tear Drop Liner from Etude House. It is a liquid eyeliner that will give you brightened eyes with a sparkly finish. The cap is equipped with a thin brush applicator that features a mini tip for precise and trouble-free application. The featured White Tear shade contains a combination of silver and bronze shimmers. It has a fine consistency and is great everyday wear.

It is also fairly water resistant. According to Etude House, you can apply the liner on the lower lash line to make eyes bigger and doll-like. You can also add it to the top for a pop of sparkle and shine. With its precise mini-tip brush applicator, shimmery and sparkly effect, this is a no brainer for anyone who wants to get that Asian teary eyes look.

Innisfree - Auto Pencil Liner

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Pencil

$

Not Waterproof

4 color choices

When we are having a discussion about quality and Korean products, we certainly cannot forget about the brand named Innisfree.  

Innisfree's Auto Pencil Liner comes in four different colors: Black, Pear Brown, Champagne Pink, and Wine Burgundy.

The featured pencil is the popular and elegant pearl brown shade. This eyeliner is particularly formulated with coconut oil and vitamin E to avoid any skin irritation.

If you don’t fancy those hassle from liquid or gel type eyeliners, you will instantly fall in love with this awesome pencil formula.

Laniege - Gel Liquid Liner

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Gel/Liquid

$$

Water Resistant

2 color choices

Next up is the Gel Liquid Liner from Laneige. Laneige came up with this impressive formula to let you enjoy the high pigmentation of gel eyeliners and the long-lasting effect of liquid eyeliner. They call it the ‘Melting Gel Formula’. This innovative Melting Gel Formula melts faster than regular gel eyeliners and helps you to achieve a smooth and soft line at the same time.

The non-powdery consistency applies on the eye line quickly and smoothly. It is also long lasting. This eyeliner does not contain any water. As a result, it can help you to draw a more defined eye. The brush tip is thin enough to draw thinner lines while maintaining the consistency. On the whole, it’s an awesome eyeliner with its new Melting Gel Formula, intense finish, smooth application,  and long lasting formula.

CLIO - Waterproof Pencil Liner

Best Korean Lip Patch - Etude House Cherry Lip Mask

Pencil

$

Yes its Waterproof

2 color choices

If you are looking for an easy gliding eyeliner with premium ingredients, check out this Waterproof Pencil Liner from Clio. This product was designed for those who take eyeliner seriously.  It features an easy-glide formula with a silky-smooth texture. The 3mm automatic pencil liner will help you to glide along the lash line effortlessly with a soft sliding texture.

The long lasting and waterproof formula resists water, sweat, and oil. Your eyeliner will stay in place all day without smudging. The highly pigmented formula of this pencil eyeliner delivers  a rich and intense colors. With this eyeliner, you can achieve flawlessly clean and defined lines.Both the intensely rich color and long-lasting waterproof formula make this a great pick for the best Korean eyeliner!

BBIA - Choco Last Auto Gel Eyeliner

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Gel

$

Not Waterproof

5 color choices

If you fancy a vivid and clear finish on your eye line, the Choco Last Auto Gel Eyeliner from BBIA is the ultimate solution for you. Let’s have a glimpse why this product is one of our picks.

BBIA designed this gel eyeliner with a couple of things in mind. First of all, it is formulated with a gel texture. So, it can draw vivid and clear line with just one pass. Next, it was formulated with quick dry and powerful waterproofing agents. As a result, it can draw smoothly while resisting smudges and is long lasting to boot. This particular product features a shade named Chocolate Bong Bong! With the auto liner with sharpener, anyone can draw effortlessly with this eyeliner. It is also equipped with an excellent internal sharpener that is adjustable to your preferred thickness. 

Holika Holika - Jewel Light Water Proof Liner

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Pencil

$$

Yes its Waterproof

10 color choices

This is a basic eyeliner pencil, which is great for beginners.  The eyeliner is formulated with long-lasting waterproof agents. As a result, it stays on your eyes without smudging due to sweat or oil. In regards to application, just glide the eyeliner along lashes.

It spreads on your eye line smoothly like a gel liner. This eyeliner is very versatile, you can use it to create the trendy wide-eyed and innocent Korean look. You'll want to apply it densely for the popular teary look. With it's twist-up design, long-lasting waterproof agents, awesome color options, and ease of use, this is undoubtedly a great pick!

Korean vs American-Style Eye Makeup

Korean eye-lining aims for more of a natural look to ultimately achieve a youthful look while the American eyeliners tend to aim for a bold and sexy look. For instance, Korean eyeliners are drawn angled downwards to create a sweet and innocent ‘Puppy Dog Eyes’ kind of look. On the other hand, from eye shadows to eyeliners, American eyeliners are all about a sexy, blazing look.

These days, Koreans are all hyped up about a new trend that supposedly makes your eyes more youthful and attractive. It's known  as ‘Aegyo Sal’, which literally means ‘Eye Smiles’. This technique accentuates the puffy eye bags right under your eyes. Korean women are having surgery to pull off that look via making the under-eye bags bigger!

Conversely, American women will use almost everything in their arsenal to conceal their eye bags. The Koreans draw their eyeliners in a downward angle whilst the Americans do it in an upward slant for a ‘Cat-Eyed Look’.

Difference between Korean and American Eyeliners

When it comes to product formulation, Korean brands aim to create eyeliners that last for a very, very long time. The rationale behind this is that these eyeliners need to withstand Korea's humid and monsoon-style climate. In case you didn’t know, Korea is surrounded with water from all three sides. As a result, there is a lot of moisture in the air. Conversely, the winter season is quite cold and snowy. So, Korean eyeliners focus a lot on waterproofing and smudge-proofing .

Alternatively, Americans don’t have to suffer from such an extreme climate. Thanks to the cold and dry ecosystem, Americans can try a wide range of products featuring bold and smoldering colors depending on their geography and occasion.

Eyeliners & Asian Eyes

Asian eyes - applying eyeliner on the Asian no-break monolid or hooded eyelids can be tricky. Sure, you can use the conventional pencil eyeliner. Applying liner with a brush is the effortless solution compared to the pencil type eyeliner. First and foremost, primer is a must for Asian eyes before applying eyeliners. It can help with the foundation of the eyeliner and prevent it from smudging as well.

Crayon eyeliner is a great pick if you wanted to stick with pencil eyeliners. It can help you achieve perfectly layered eye makeup, which looks great on monolids. It is recommended to look upward while applying eyeliner with pencil type eyeliners.With monolids, you can’t really see the progress of your eyeliner while applying it.

Try to outline the shape of the eyes with the eyeliner gently. You might want to apply it in two to three layers. However, don’t go overboard with the layering and make it super thick and clumpy. After applying the eyeliner, make sure to let it dry it out before you open your eyes and start blinking to prevent it from smearing.

Crayon eyeliners work great to outline the lids whereas liquid eyeliner can help you achieve more precise shapes and wings or cat eyes. Draw at an angle between the upper eyelids to tip of the eyebrow to achieve a more natural look.

Source: The Beauty Department


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