If you count Margot Tenenbaum, Marla Singer, or an Addams Family member among your beauty icons, you’re in the right place. The best eyeliners for smudging are all soft and creamy for a seamless smudging experience, with a pigment that's concentrated enough to remain opaque and dramatic, rather than smeary and disappear-y, when you blend it out. Beyond that, a waterproof formula is a good choice if you have watery eyes (or if you plan on sweating, sleeping, or doing any activity for several hours in your smoky eye), or a kajal for the most intense color payoff.
All the eyeliners on this list are smudge-appropriate, so you can stop your search here. But for future reference, a good hack is to look for an eyeliner with a smudger sponge on the other end, which implies that the formula is intended to smoke out easily. You can also look for anything with “kohl” in the title, which’ll give you a nice, sooty payoff.
For your best messy-in-a-good-way look, take your pick from any of the five best eyeliners for smudging, listed below.
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