By Michelle Rostamian
Nothing puts a finishing touch on an eyeshadow look quite like winged eyeliner—after all, it’s the trend that’s been proven to never go out of style. But there’s a new eyeliner craze on the block that complements the cat-eye look we’ve grown to love instead of threatening to take its place: inner eyeliner. Also referred to as the “reverse cat-eye” or “inverted eyeliner,” inner eyeliner mimics the effect winged eyeliner has on the outer corner of the eye, except on the inner corner.
The trend has spiked in popularity over the last year, proving that beauty buffs are still figuring out new ways to spice up their eye look with precise touches. But because the look involves applying eyeliner so close to the tear duct, finding the right one that doesn’t flake, smudge, or run is key.
Below, find our top eyeliner picks that’ll make achieving the trend a breeze.
Looking to let your artistry shine? These highly opaque pencils come in 16 shades from bold brights to wearable neutrals. While other pencils are dry and often difficult to apply, this formula glides on effortlessly for a matte finish. Plus, it’s made to withstand water and sweat, promising over eight hours of wear.
Precision is crucial when it comes to nailing the inner eyeliner trend, which is just what this option from PYT Beauty offers thanks to its flexible felt tip, ergonomic handle, and smudge-proof formula. Best part? It’s made with aloe leaf extract, jojoba esters, and vitamin E for some added nourishment.
Elevate your look with an eyeliner that brings on the glitz. Ruby Kisses’ gel-based glitter eyeliner is the definition of non-intimidating with its slim, foolproof brush applicator and fallout-free formula. Choose from a star-studded collection of black, silver, gold, or green to create some serious inner eyeliner envy.
It’s easy to see why several reviewers have dubbed this pick as the best eyeliner of all time. It features an ultra-pigmented formula, up to 24 hours of wear, and a fine, flexible tip even the shakiest of hands can work with. Inner eyeliner has never been so easy.
Who said inner eyeliner has to be black? Give your look a nautical twist with Luminess’ head-turning cobalt blue option. It won’t skip, tug, or flake, and its 0.1mm micro-fine felt tip offers best-in-class precision. Plus, it has a unique ability to give the illusion of fuller-looking lashes.
AOA’s gel liners are like calligraphy but for your eyes—neon style. Use one shade as an eyeshadow base and another as your eyeliner for a bold, Insta-worthy look. The creamy, long-lasting shades include a ruby red, rosy pink, sky blue, vibrant yellow, fiery orange, and lime green.
Who has time for sharpening? JOAH nixxes the need with this retractable pencil. It boasts an easy glide-on formula that promises to stay flawless-looking for 20 hours. And with color options in the black, charcoal, coffee, and midnight blue realm, you’re sure to land an edgy, sexy inner liner look.