BEST Japanese Pencil Eyeliner [Updated for 2020]

Are you tired of looking for the best Japanese pencil eyeliner? We got you covered cause who doesn’t love a good eyeliner?

Whether you prefer a sultry smokey eye or bold, bright colors, there’s one undeniable fact when it comes to the best looks: no one does it like the Japanese.

Best Japanese Pencil Eyeliner

These best Japanese pencil eyeliners aren’t just a staple for creating fierce looks – they are the best on the market.

Japan has always been a leader and inspiration in the fashion and beauty communities. So, it’s no wonder that makeup lovers like myself are obsessed with not just their trends, but their brands and products.

There are hundreds of liners sold in Japan, but these pencil eyeliners are a *must have* for your collection.

I tested the top products and brands and have found the absolute best Japanese pencil eyeliners.

PhotoProductEditor's RatingPrice
s-l640Love Liner Pencil4VIEW CURRENT PRICE
3189p78X2SL._SY355_Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil5VIEW CURRENT PRICE
71UDaLHwaIL._SY355_Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Long Stay Sharp Gel Liner4VIEW CURRENT PRICE
412bBqq-nWLKoji Spring Heart Long Lasting Eyeliner4VIEW CURRENT PRICE


1. Love Liner Pencil

Out of all the pencil liners I tried, this one was hands down one of the easiest to use.

The elliptical tip made is super easy to reach every corner and draw even pigmented lines.

I would usually switch up my liner based on how thick I wanted my lines to be.

But you can use this pencil for every thickness, even for pointed, delicate wings.

This pencil eyeliner is as smooth as a gel-based formula: water and sweat-proof, and is gentle on your skin. However, I have to take points away for the design.

There’s no way to retract the liner back into the barrel, so you have to be extra careful not to spin out more than you need.

Also, even though it smudges nicely, it dries within twenty seconds of applying it. Make sure that you start blending as soon as you draw it on.

  • Smooth tip and easy to apply
  • Glides across your skin and is gentle on your waterline
  • Versatile enough to draw lines in every thickness
  • Waterproof and sweatproof
  • Comes in ash brown, medium brown, & natural black
  • Non-retractable barrel design
  • Dries quickly after application

  • Soft core that will break if applied with too much pressure

2. Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil

Shu Uemura is one of the biggest names in beauty, and this pencil liner proves its place among the best.

The eyeliner drawing pencil comes in sixteen (yes, sixteen) different colors! And they come in matte, pearl, metallic, and glitter finishes.

There is a shade for literally every mood, look, cosplay, season, etc. etc. I don’t need to go on.

This Japanese pencil eyeliner is waterproof and smudge-proof for up to twelve hours. The signature formula is soft on your delicate eyelids and waterlines.

Legitimately, the only downside to this fantastic pencil is that it’s in Japan and hard to get over here in the U.S. It’s a solid five stars from me.


  • Waterproof and sweatproof for up to twelve hours
  • It comes in multiple textures to complete every look
  • Soft and easy to apply
  • High pigmentation
  • Comes in champagne gold, black, light orange, light green, baby blue, purple, pink, navy, green, white, gray, dark brown, silver, gold, rose-purple, royal blue, & turquoise blue
  • None, this liner is perfect


3. Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Long Stay Sharp Gel Liner (Limited Edition)

Kiss Me Heroine liners are giant in Japan, and with good reason. The liquid and pencil liners from this brand are ranked favorably by fans across continents.

The formula for this limited edition series smudges nicely into a shadow and won’t move once it dries.

That means no raccoon (or “panda”) shadows for hooded or watery eyes. 

I chose this specific collection for my “Best Japanese Pencil Eyeliner” list because the colors are so unique and highly pigmented.

But, what brings this pencil gel liner to the top of the list is the dye-free formula that doesn’t leave any pigment residue on your lids.

Trust me, this is a huge deal for someone with watery eyes and oily skin.

Like many mechanical gel eyeliners, the downside to this design is that the stick will break off if spun out too far.

Also, the formula will dry out quickly if you don’t cap and store the liner correctly. 

  • Long-lasting gel-based formula
  • Perfect for drawing thin lines
  • Gentle on your waterlines
  • Mechanical design for long-term use
  • Comes in mermaid green, mauve-pink, & mauve plum
  • The core breaks off easily

  • The stick will dry out fast if not stored right


4. Koji Spring Heart Long Lasting Eyeliner

This liner feels more like a soft crayon than a pencil, and it goes on just as smoothly as a liquid.

It comes with a blending tip and a “sharpener” that feeds automatically through the plastic casing.

The long-lasting formula is smudge-resistant so that your look stays in place all day long.

I’ve tried a dozen different glitter eyeliners, but many of them are thin and have to be layered on for a dramatic effect.

But the pigment and texture of the Koji Spring Heart Long Lasting Eyeliner is so rich and full that I feel like my glittery, sparkly dreams have come true.

And now for the downside – it’s a major one.

It’s almost impossible to get here in the U.S. My friend brought me back a few products from her trip to Asia in 2019, so I was lucky enough to find out just how amazing this Koji pencil is.

Unfortunately, unless you buy it wholesale or on eBay, this one won’t be easy to find.

  • High quality and long-lasting
  • Great pigmentation and texture
  • Unique built-in sharpener
  • A soft crayon-like texture that won’t drag your skin
  • Consistent lines and won’t smudge

  • Easy to remove at the end of the day

  • Not easy to buy within the United States


Best Japanese Pencil Eyeliners FAQ’s


What makes Japanese makeup different?

If you’re a true blue beauty queen like me, then you know that the best Japanese eyeliners are everything-proof.

There’s no denying the influence that Asia has served in fashion, architecture, food, and beauty.

When it comes to makeup and fashion, Japan serves high-quality and affordable products.


What can I expect in terms of availability and shipping?

Honestly, every product is different. While I included links for almost every product in this article, there’s no guarantee that any of the eyeliners will be available when you want to buy them.

However, that shouldn’t stop you from trying other brands and liners!

Like I said before, there are hundreds of eyeliners on the Japanese market, so why not be a little adventurous?


Are Japanese makeup products safe to use?

It may seem silly, but this is a valid question. Every country has different regulations and ingredients that are acceptable in makeup and skincare products.

In 2011, crazy rumors circulated the global news cycle that made consumers believe radioactive particles could contaminate their makeup.

The reports were immediately discredited. Japan has some of the most stringent drug safety regulations globally, so I wouldn’t worry about using Japanese makeup products.

Best Japanese Pencil Eyeliner

The Final Verdict: The Best Japanese Pencil Eyeliner


I’m such a sucker for new makeup and beauty trends! And lucky for you and me, we don’t have to fly to Tokyo to try the best brands and products that Japan has to offer.

In my honest opinion, American eyeliners don’t measure up to the ones I mentioned on this list and are worth every penny. (Yes, that includes all the shipping fees).

Normally, I would dub one of the products I reviewed as “the best,” but honestly, I love all of these Japanese pencil eyeliners.

And that’s coming from a girl who tried more than two dozen different products! From crazy bold colors to superfine wing designs, Japan surpasses every expectation and affects every look.

The 2020 looks are fresh, bright, and unexpected. If this hasn’t made you want to Google Japanese makeup trends, can you call yourself a beauty queen?

But who am I to judge? When it comes down to it, the best makeup products are the ones that you love and make you feel beautiful in your skin!

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