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The Best Nude Eyeliners

You can get eyeliner in practically in any color. Whether you’re striving for that “fresh out of the grave” Marilyn Manson look or a more cheery and bright-eyed baby doll Kim Kardashian vibe, there is an eyeliner that can help you achieve that look. There's eyeliners especially designed for tightliningorganic eyeliners, Japanese eyeliners, or Korean eyeliners.

For a long time, nude eyeliners went unnoticed; they were the wall flowers at school dances. But they aren’t anymore! And they shouldn’t be because they are absolutely awesome! They brighten your eyes, create a natural glow, and can even be used to cover up small blemishes on your skin.

Check out these kick-ass nude eyeliners, and add one to your makeup arsenal today. It’s okay; you can thank me later.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST NUDE EYELINER

Type

  • We let you know if the eyeliner is a liquid, pencil, or self sharpen!

Waterproof

  • We let you know which pencils are waterproof

Price

  • Is it a budget or premium liner? We found out for you.

# of Colors

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

THE BEST NUDE EYELINER

Nude Eyeliner

Name

Type

Waterproof?

Price

#of colors

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Rimmel Exaggerate

Pencil

Yes

$

4

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Physicians Formula

Self Sharpening

No

$

3

blinc

Pencil

No

$$

4

Maybelline

Pencil

Yes

$

10

Nyx - Glam Aqua Luxe

Liquid

No

$

9

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Paula Dorf

Pencil

No

$$

3

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Nyx - Wonder Pencil

Pencil

No

$

3

Pixi Eye

Self Sharpen

No

$$

1

Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer

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Self-Sharpen Pencil

$

It's Waterproof

4 color choices

This is a top-of-the line nude eyeliner at an affordable price. It has a retractable tip which is great because sharpening eyeliners, in my experience, can be quite disastrous. You get a nice point, and as soon as you bring the pencil to your waterline, you get shards of liner into your eye. It’s not really the best way to start your day. Well, that definitely won’t be a problem with this gem.

Application lasts up to ten hours, and it is waterproof, so you can sweat, cry, or both, and still look fabulous!Its soft and creamy texture allows the pencil to glide over your eyelids and water line, so you don’t need to pull and stretch to your skin to apply. Why get extra wrinkles when you don’t have to? Creating a super neat and precise line has never been easier. If you’re aiming for a smoky look, though, you can just use the built-in smudging tool. Nice.We know you will love Rimmel’s Exaggerate Eye Definer as much as we do, but even if you use it sparingly, it is good for over two years after opening. Talk about shelf life! It is also dermatologist and ophthalmologist approved, so allergic reactions and irritation will be a thing of the past with this one. Making your eyes appear wider and more vibrant has never been easier and more affordable.



Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Liner

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 Pencil

$

It's Waterproof

3 color choices

Another hit by Rimmel! This smooth and creamy formula glides on easily for a perfectly straight line on your eyelid or waterline. It provides a long-lasting and bold color and is also waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, and heat-proof, so put on your dancing shoes and get out on that dance floor, baby girl!

Tested and approved by dermatologists and ophthalmologists, it is safe for use with contact lenses and the most sensitive of eyes.

The pigmentation is great and stays on the waterline really well. It instantly makes your eyes look wider and more awake, instantly shaving years off of your appearance.

It’s also very affordable and can be found in practically any drugstore.The pencil is easy to sharpen with any standard eye pencil sharpener and the point doesn’t flake off as soon as you pull it out of the sharpener.

At the end of the day, the product can be fairly easily removed with any oil-based makeup remover or cleanser.

Physicians Formula - Eyeliner

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Self-Sharpen Pencil

$

Water Resistant

3 color choices

Physicians Formula Enhancing Eyeliner Trio comes in three different shades so that you can create a flawless nude look regardless of your skin tone. You can rock just one color, or you can blend the liners to create the exact shade you’re looking for. It’s creamy, super blendable, and glides on easily, so you don’t have to irritate your skin by dragging and pulling. It is also water and smudge resistant, and one application lasts up to 24 hours. When you want to tone down your slayage, just remove the eyeliner with an oil-based makeup remover or cleanser. Simple. This nude eyeliner trio stirs my inner Earth Woman. It is completely natural and organic.

The brand is recommended by allergists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons. It’s totally safe for sensitive eyes and those who wear contact lenses. Talk about street cred! If that’s not enough to convince you, the Physicians Formula brand is 100% cruelty free! Who ever thought saving bunnies could look so fabulous?!

And as if this heaping bowl of goodness needed a cherry on top—this trio is one of the most economical on the entire list! Three eyeliners for less than the price of one?! You guys, if I had to say “til death do us part” to a nude eyeliner, I’d be growing old with this one. I love it!

blinc - Nude Eyeliner Pencil

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 Pencil

$$

Not Waterproof

4 color choices

blinc’s Eyeliner Pencil allows you to easily create either a smooth or smudged line. It is highly pigmented for a noticeable yet natural look. Although you do have to sharpen the pencil, it does sharpen relatively easily, which is a plus. Who wants shards of eyeliner in their eyes?!

The pigment is long-lasting and smudge-resistant. The formula is also water-resistant, ensuring that the line stays put all day long. blinc’s eyeliner pencil contains antioxidants and vitamins to help firm up skin. Tocopheryl acetate helps to protect against free radicals while nourishing your skin. It also conditions and moisturizes to offset wrinkles.

Think of it as a green smoothie for your eyes. Pure vegetable lipids and other hydrating ingredients create a creamy formula that makes application super easy. The pencil glides over your eyelids and waterline, creating a precise line. No need to tug, pull, or cause irritation.

The price is a little steep compared to other nude eyeliners, but it is a great product. It is also a little difficult to remove, so make sure to get a good oil-based makeup remover. If that doesn’t do the trick, break out the tried and true petroleum jelly!

Paula Dorf - Enhancer Baby Eyes Eye Liner

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 Pencil

$$

Not Waterproof

3 color choices

Created to brighten the lower rim of the eyes, Paula Dorf’s Enhancer Baby Eyes Eyeliner instantly gives you a more awake and youthful appearance.​

The formula is smooth and creamy—not waxy—so you don’t have to tug and pull on your skin to get a straight and precise line.

It also contains vitamin E for eye-nurturing and smooth application.​ If you are going for that smoky eye look and want to smudge your eyeliner, do it right after application because this eyeliner sets pretty quickly.

Although the color is subtle, it is really effective and creates a drastic difference.​

It is on the higher end of the price spectrum, but it doesn’t leave anything to be desired. And as an added bonus, it can also be used on lips to create a more distinct lip line.

NYX Cosmetics - Glam Liner Aqua Luxe

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Liquid

$

Not Waterproof

9 color choices

Liquid liners—you either love them or you hate them. There’s really nothing to hate about this one, though. NYX Cosmetics Glam Liner Aqua Luxe in nude has the perfect dash of shimmer for occasions when you want to give your eyelids an extra pop. The flexible brush allows you to easily create accurate lines, wings, or whatever look you are going for like a pro.  

The shimmer is also pretty subtle, which is great…unless you work at a dance club. It also dries very quickly. Since it is liquid, you can’t use this liner on your waterline/ inner eye, but you can apply it onto your lower lash line.

It is a little difficult to remove, so be sure to have a good oil-based makeup remover or facial cleanser on hand. But, on the bright side, since it is somewhat difficult to remove, you won’t have to worry about it running and wearing off during the day.

Maybelline New York -Eyeliner

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Pencil

$

It's Waterproof

10 color choices

Feast your eyes on Maybelline’s first gel eyeliner pencil. Enjoy up to 16 hours of wear with this long-lasting, ultra-smooth, and waterproof formula. It is highly pigmented, creating an awesome eye-defining look.

It is tested and approved by dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and allergists. It’s also suitable for people with sensitive eyes and those who wear contact lenses.

I personally am not a fan of eyeliner pencils just because sharpening them is the pits. This one is admittedly a little tricky to sharpen, but it can be done! Since the tip on this one is pretty soft, I would recommend tossing it in the freezer for a few minutes before trying to sharpen.

Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline!

NYX Cosmetics - Wonder Pencil

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Pencil

$

Not Waterproof

3 color choices

The NYX Cosmetics Wonder Pencil can be used as both a lip liner and an eye brightener. Simply apply it to your inner eyelid/ waterline for instantly brighter and wider looking eyes. It can also be used to conceal small blemishes on your face and body.

It is available in three different shades so you can rock a nude look regardless of your skin color. Made with castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, and other ingredients that help nourish, moisturize, and condition your skin, you can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and create a flawless makeup look at the same time!

The pencil is soft and goes on smoothly, yet it is firm enough that it will not break off into your eye while using it. Sharpening the pencil is relatively easy, and the pencil doesn’t crumble right after sharpening, which is great.

Pixi Eye - Bright Eye Liner

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Self Sharpen Pencil

$$

Not Waterproof

1 color choice

Pixi Eye Bright Liner instantly brightens and illuminates your eyes, giving your face a more alert, well-rested, and healthy look. The formula is waterproof and one application lasts all day.

It is designed to brighten the eyes by making the whites of your eyes appear whiter and making your eyes look wider and more awake.

The formula is hypoallergenic, paraben free, and mineral oil free, so it is suitable for even the most sensitive eyes and works well for those who wear contact lenses as well.

It also contains sunflower seed oil, which helps skin retain moisture and soothes tired eyes. The color is subtle and natural, and application is simple.

The consistency of the pencil is smooth and creamy—not waxy—so it glides right over your eyelids and waterlines. No tugging or pulling required, which is great, because who wants unnecessary wrinkles.

MAC Studio Chromagraphic

Best Korean Lip Patch - Etude House Cherry Lip Mask

Pencil

$$$

Not Waterproof

1 color choice

This creamy, soft-point pencil is ideal for lining eyes as well as outlining and defining designs. The well-defined pigment line provides a bold look while the creamy formula allows for a super smooth application, so you don’t have to worry about tugging or dragging the super delicate skin around your eyes. It instantly and naturally opens up the eyes, giving a more youthful and vibrant countenance.

It is also appropriate for those who wear contact lenses. The water-resistant formula makes it a perfect product to use on your waterline, as it won’t run, smudge, or smear. On one of those “I want my makeup to look so natural that it looks as if I’m not wearing any makeup” days, this should be your go-to product. Even when worn with minimal or no makeup, it makes a drastic difference. It can be used as a base for eyeliner or it can confidently stand its ground on its own. The pencil is not waxy, so you can easily blend it with other liners or your finger for touch-up treatments.It can also be used to cover small blemishes on your face and body, and since it’s available in three different shades, you can go nude regardless of your skin tone. And since M.A.C is such a popular brand, it can be found anywhere M.A.C products are sold.

Other Cool Hacks Which You Can Use Your Nude Eyeliner For

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the newest member of your makeup family can only be used for your eyes. No way, Jose! Check out these great tips for getting the most out of your nude eyeliner.

Brighten eyes. While nude eyeliner, when used on your lower waterline, is great way to subtly brighten your eyes, it can also create the allusion that your eyes are spaced further apart, if they happen to be close-set.

Create a natural glow. You can also use it to highlight your brow bone. Simply grab an eyeliner that is one shade lighter than your skin, and gently brush across your brow bone. It will instantly create a more awake look.

Hide blemishes. No concealer on hand? No problem! Simply dab a little bit of liner in the same color as your skin to any blemishes and acne, and watch those annoying spots do a disappearing act.

Correct makeup mistakes. Nude eyeliner can also be used to correct any makeup mistakes. When breaking out the makeup remover is not an option, use a flesh-toned eyeliner to soften harsh edges. It can also be used as a barrier to prevent eye makeup from smudging and running.

Cleaning Off Your Makeup at The End of the Day

Choosing the right nude eyeliner can definitely work wonders. The right pencil can help you instantly look younger and more refreshed. Nevertheless, removing your makeup at night and thoroughly cleansing your face is super important if you want to maintain a youthful countenance and a vibrant glow. Keeping makeup on overnight stretches your pores, which makes you look older and allows bacteria to accumulate. Failure to properly remove makeup can result in clogged pores which can lead to dull-looking skin, blemishes, and other dermatological issues. It can also lead to acne.

Here are some solid reasons that will make you think twice before going to bed with makeup on as well as a few tips and tricks that can help you ensure you have completely cleaned your face before calling it a night.

  1. Fight off sleep, and get it done: Getting home after a long night out and having to remove makeup sucks, but it’s important that you do it. While you sleep, your skin regenerates itself, but if your pores are still filled with makeup, restoration is unable to take place because your skin is not able to breathe. This means dull-looking skin. And if you consistently go to bed without removing your makeup, your skin will age more quickly, meaning fine lines and wrinkles will appear sooner than they need to. Take the extra five minutes to clean your face. Ten years from now, you will be glad you did.

  1. Use a makeup remover and a cleanser: While makeup remover wipes can be a great way to remove the majority of makeup off of your face, be sure to use a cleanser afterwards. Makeup wipes simply remove product from the surface of your skin whereas cleanser get down into your pores and actually clean your face.

  1. Make sure your hair is out of your face: Makeup and oil tend to accumulate around the hairline, so it is important that you tie your hair back and expose your hairline while cleaning and washing your face to ensure a thorough cleansing.

  1. Be gentle when cleaning your eyes: The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and delicate. To that effect, always be gentle when removing eye makeup. For best results, soak a cotton pad in eye makeup remover and hold it over your eyes for a few seconds. That will loosen up the makeup and allow you to gently wipe it away.

  1. Don’t be stingy: We know that makeup remover can sometimes get a bit pricey, but in order to ensure you get a good and gentle cleansing, completely soak your cotton pad in eye makeup remover and then gently wipe.

  1. Behold the power of petroleum: Petroleum jelly is the bomb! It is super cheap and can be used for just about anything! If you’re having a hard time removing dark eye makeup, simply spread some petroleum jelly on and around your eye and gently wipe. Taa daa

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