So, in my own honest opinion, I would say that eye liner pencils are the worst, smudgy annoyance to any morning of make up. To combat this pain, I stumbled across Laura Mercier's Eye Liner paint...my fave.
A trick for your upper eyelid, paint the liner through your lashes, instead of ontop. This makes your eyelashes look full but not overdone. Let's face it, who wants to be the little lady with all of the heavy eyeliner, no bueno.