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Looking for a pigmented vegan eyeliner that’s also long-wearing, smudge-resistant, or waterproof? In this guide, I’m sharing the best vegan eyeliners, whether you prefer liquid, gel, pencil, or brush-tip, there’s something for you in this list!
Unfortunately, most drugstore and high-end eyeliner are from brands that still test on animals like Maybelline, L’Oreal, Revlon, MAC, Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Shiseido, Tom Ford, Clarins, Lancome, and should be avoided when looking for a cruelty-free and vegan eyeliner.
In addition, some liquid and pencil eyeliner may contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products. Common animal-based ingredients found in eyeliner formulas may include beeswax, carmine, pearl powder, and stearic acid.
All of the eyeliners mentioned in this post are from brands that have been verified as being truly cruelty-free and don’t test on animals. Note that I’ve included some options from cruelty-free brands that are owned by an animal-tested parent company. If you choose not to purchase from these brands, then avoid the ones marked with an * asterisk.
And all of the eyeliners have been verified as being vegan-friendly and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients. However, there are a couple that may have some shades that contain carmine (like Urban Decay, Fenty, and Victoria Beckham). I’ve noted which shades are or are not vegan but always check the manufacturer’s website for the most up-to-date information as ingredients and formulations may change.
Best Liquid Eyeliner Vegan
KVD Tatto Liner is an award-winning, waterproof vegan liquid eyeliner with tattoo-bold pigment, a satin finish, and an ultra-precise brush tip that makes it easy to get sharp lines every time. Available in Black and Brown.
Featuring a slender and supple felt brush tip, this vegan eyeliner by NYX is an intensely pigmented, waterproof eyeliner pen that lets you achieve precise, seamless, black/brown liquid lines effortlessly. Available in Black and Brown.
Featuring a smart triangle shape that makes it easy to hold, Flyliner’s all about eye-opening drama—minus the stress. It all comes down to its super-flex felt tip that allows for smooth, uninterrupted ink flow from every angle. Available in Black and Brown.
Best Vegan Eyeliner Pencil
Enjoy vibrant, long-lasting color that comes in *38 pigment-packed shades, with 5 different finishes: matte, shimmer, glitter, satin, and metallic. With a creamy and bendable formula, these eye pencils glide onto the skin with ease before drying into a waterproof and smudge-proof eyeliner.
*Non-vegan shades include Psychedelic Sister, Love Drug, Woodstock, Rockstar, Roxy, Alkaline, Bourbon, Corrupt, Demolition, Sabbath, Vice, and Empire. (See UD’s website for most up-to-date info)
Serving up hyper-pigmented color pops and neutrals, this eyeliner’s convenient twist-up tip glides across lids for lightweight, smudge-resistant lines. Come in a wide range of matte, shimmer, metallic, and glitter shades for effortless no-limit looks that last.
*The following shades are vegan: Cuz I’m Black, Bachelor Pad, In Big Truffle, Black Card, Space Cookie, Moon Dunez, Sea About It, Lady Lagoon, Bank Tank, Chromewrecker, She a Problem, Grillz and Bad Bride. (See Fenty’s website for most up-to-date info)
Mario’s dual-ended, velvety gel-based formula delivers a full-coverage finish in a single swipe. It has incredible grip after it sets but still allows time to blend, layer, and define. For a soft, symmetrical line, use the brush to smudge and blend. Available in Black, Browns, Purple, and Blue.
High-definition gel vegan eyeliner that delivers intense pigment in a silky, matte formula for hyper-precise, one-stroke application. Available in 13 shades that are all 100% vegan and ranges from smoldering dark tones to vividly colorful hues. Also includes a built-in sharpener.
Free of carbon black and cyclomethicone, this water-resistant formula smoothly slicks on saturated color. It works like a pencil and holds like a gel. This clean vegan eyeliner gives you the flexibility to create a range of looks: blend it out for a smoky effect or subtly hug the lash line. Available in Black and Brown.
An ultra-pigmented, stay-all-day vegan waterproof gel liner that makes it easy to create clean graphic lines or can be blended out like a cream shadow. The chic custom Melt jar will keep your creamy, ultra-pigmented gel liner just as creamy as the day you opened it. Available in Black and Brown.