Sweat, oil, and tears don't stand a chance.

By Erin Lukas
Aug 25, 2020 @ 6:16 pm
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When you've watched countless YouTube tutorials, and practiced drawing straight lines on the back of your hand for hours, there are few things more frustrating than smudging your actual winged liner after you've left your house.

Luckily, there are a ton of waterproof eyeliners that can help you avoid looking like you have an ink spill around your eyes. But while these liners promise they're sweatproof and stay flake-free, not all water-resistant formulas are created equally.

However, today is the day you'll finally stop wasting time doing your eyeliner to only have it get messed up as soon as you sweat or cry.

We've search high and low for the best waterproof eyeliners for each and every need — whether you love a flash of colorful liquid eyeliner or swear by defining your eyes with a tightline.

Below, the nine best waterproof eyeliners, along with tips on how to use each one.

Best Waterproof Gel Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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While this super creamy gel liner glides on effortlessly without any tugging, it dries down quickly, so it does not budge. Choose your own eyeliner adventure with one of the line's matte, satin, or metallic finishes.

To buy: $22; sephora.com.

Best Waterproof Colored Gel Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

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Marc Jacobs Beauty's gel eyeliner combines rich color with a smooth, easy-to-apply texture. The smudge-proof formula comes in virtually every color of the rainbow and then some, from lilac to orange. And as if there weren't already enough options, there are matte and shimmer finishes to choose from, too.

To buy: $26; sephora.com.

Best Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: Pat McGrath Labs Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner 

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This inky black liquid liner promises to stay smudge-free for up to 24 hours — and it delivers. The ultra-fine, flexible felt tip allows for precise application, whether you're drawing a clean line or filling in a cat-eye. But, really, would you expect anything less than perfect from the legendary Pat McGrath?

To buy: $32; sephora.com.

Best Waterproof Colored Liquid Eyeliner: UZ Eye Opening Liner 

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Not too soft, not too firm, the handcrafted fiber tip of UZ's Eye Opening Liner is just right. While the top-notch applicator is reason enough to give this liquid eyeliner a spin, the Japanese brand's unique, pigmented colors also make it a standout among the available options. The liner formula is hypoallergenic, allergy-tested, and free of phthalate, sulfates, and dyes, so it's gentle on sensitive eyes.

To buy: $16; uz.team.

Best Drugstore Waterproof Eyeliner: L'Oréal Paris Flash Cat Eye Waterproof All Day Liquid Eyeliner

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Even though a cat-eye is considered a classic makeup look, it's both beloved and feared, because there is a definite learning curve to nailing the look. That's where L'Oréal's genius liquid eyeliner comes in. The waterproof pen comes with a stencil to guide the shape of your wing — no touch-ups required.

To buy: $11; ulta.com.

Best Dual-Ended Waterproof Eyeliner: Tarte Tartiest Double Take Eyeliner

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It turns out that having it all is possible, at least in terms of eyeliner. This dual-ended pen from Tarte includes a semi-matte liquid liner for bold lines and an Amazonian clay-infused gel liner glides on effortlessly for a tightline or adding definition to the inner rim of the eye.

To buy: $24; ulta.com.

Best Waterproof Waterline Eyeliner: Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Automatic Pencil

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Whether you're a fan of a pencil-thin line along the lash line or want to define your waterline, you need a to have a skinny eyeliner on hand. This Maybelline product doesn't run or smear, and comes in brown and charcoal gray, in addition to black if you prefer a softer, toned-down look.

To buy: $6; amazon.com.

Best Long-Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner: Milk Makeup KUSH Liquid Eyeliner

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After a ton of trial, error, and smeared cat eyes, you've finally found the one. The only problem? Your love affair with your new favorite liquid eyeliner is short lived because it quickly dries up. However, the latest edition to Milk Makeup's cannabis sativa oil-infused KUSH line, solves this struggle. Once the liner starts to look less bold and feathery, flip the tip for an uber-pigmented, good-as-new liner.

To buy: $22; sephora.com.

Best Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner: Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

Blended with crushed pearl powder for a smooth delivery, this Charlotte Tilbury eyeliner isn't your average kohl pencil. While it can be used to draw clean lines, the formula can be smoked out for a smudgy, I-slept-in-my-eyeliner look. (But we highly recommend using this pencil instead of actually going to bed with your eyeliner on.)

To buy: $27; sephora.com.