Kajal InkArtist, $25

Smooth move, Shiseido. Judges loved how easily this pencil glided across lashlines and blended out into shadow, too. Marianna Hewitt used the sponge tip on the end to smoke out her eyes, and she also found it doubled as an eraser when needed. Plus, said smudge tip also pops off and contains a sharpener. The 10 shades of this kajal include bold green, turquoise, pink, and red, as well as standards like brown, black, and navy.

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“I love how buttery and smooth this liner glides on, and it’s got a rich pigment that you can easily diffuse if you want a smoky look. I’ve been using it every day.” —Kahlana Barfield Brown

“I appreciate the size of this liner. It effortlessly lined my inner and lower water lines, no problem.” —Nina Park

“This glides on steadily and easily without skipping on the lash line. Very easy to use with great color intensity.” —Daniel Martin

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Westmore Beauty

Wing Effects Liquid Liner, $25

This Hollywood-based brand has a new black liquid liner with an easy-to-control felt tip and extra black ink, so your cat eye can be HD-level perfect. “This one did not budge at all once applied,” Nina Park told us. Fun fact: This beauty house is run by third-generation Hollywood makeup artists—dating back to clients like Marilyn Monroe.

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Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner, $5

All five shades of this skinny liner are light reflective. This gives the classic black a little twist and led Marianna to create a “wake up makeup” look by using the bronze shade in her waterlines. “I’m for sure adding this to my daily makeup bag,” she told us. Being a drugstore find also won these pencils major sparkly bonus points.

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