The Best Eyeliner for Your Waterline: Top 10 Picks of 2016

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From pencil to liquid to gel, this roundup of the best eyeliner for your waterline will help you find the perfect pick for your eyes. They won’t run, they won’t smudge, and they'll last all day! We've included drugstore brands as well as more expensive options, basics for beginners, products for a more dramatic look, and great waterproof eyeliners we can't live without.

My relationship with eyeliner has been, let’s say, interesting. When I first started dabbling in makeup, it was the only product I wore. Yeah, seriously. No mascara, just eyeliner, and with naturally smaller eyes, it wasn’t doing me any favours. Over the years, I learned a thing or two, and I think I wore eyeliner every day until the end of my University career. Now I save it for special occasions. If you wear eyeliner, you know that the trouble comes when they don’t stay put. If you’re on the hunt for the best eyeliner for your waterline, read on.

When I started wearing eyeliner properly- you know, with mascara, and without layering it on like Avril Lavigne circa 2002, it became one of my best makeup allies. I would wear it subtly on the daily, but noticed that the pencil liners I was using just weren’t doing the trick. They would always wear off my waterline by the end of the day. But it’s called the waterline for a reason, so it makes sense that to stay, you need to find an eyeliner that is waterproof and smudge-free.

Recently I’ve been going sans eyeliner during the day, but a swipe of liquid eyeliner along the waterline at night can really take your look up a notch. It’s smokey, dramatic, and can take you from gorgeous to drop dead gorgeous in a few easy glides. Liners formulated with rich pigments that are waterproof, smudge-proof and long-lasting are key to a look that will last all day and night.

Whether you prefer a pencil liner, an applicator, or a gel you can brush on, I’ve rounded up 10 of the best eyeliners for your waterline. They won’t run, they won’t smudge, and you can customize the thickness of your eyeliner to your preference with every one!

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel

The creamy gel-like formula of Ingot’s eyeliner is delicate and it lasts all day. It has high-intensity pigments, but is hypoallergenic and smudge-proof, meaning you don’t even have to think about dreadful racoon eyes. It’s totally waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about it not staying put on your waterline, plus it has raving reviews on Amazon. Just see for yourself!

Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner

Available in both brown and black, this waterproof eyeliner is crease-resistant and dries in 60 seconds with smudge-proof results! Perfect for a smokey, yet natural look that will last all night, you’ll keep coming back for this one.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow

This may be marketed as an eye shadow, but it works perfectly as an eyeliner that will stay put on your waterline. It has a long-lasting formula, with a creamy texture and rich black pigment. Simply use a small precision makeup brush, dash it along your waterline, and you’ll be good to go!

Liquid 1 Sec. Quick Dry 24/7 Day Wear Automatic Precise Pen Waterproof Eyeliner by Nikka Notto

First of all, the packaging of this eyeliner is divine, and the hand-held liner makes for easy application. It’s cruelty and paraben free, plus it dries as quickly as 3 seconds after you put it on. It lasts 24/7 so it’s perfect if you have a long flight or are partying into the night. The high precision flexible brush tip allows you to apply a line of any thickness, and it won’t smudge with water, perspiration, or tears.

Butter London Wink Eye Pencil

If you’re a simple eye pencil gal (like me!) Butter London’s wink eye pencil is right up your alley. The waterproof formula goes on smooth and precise, for a look that will blow your friends (or date) away! It’s long-lasting with just the right level of intensity, and you’ll never have to worry about it smudging. Available in a range of hues, you can go natural or add a pop of colour to your look!

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eye Liner

This magical liquid eyeliner won’t smudge, feather, or run, meaning you can apply it and it will last all day and night! It’s equipped with an easy-glide, quick-dry precision applicator that makes it simple to swipe on as you’re running out the door in the morning. Glide it on thin and fine or dramatic and thick for a night out. Anything goes!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Another one for the pencil lovers, this liner will stay with you through the hustle and bustle of your long days. Formulated with 50% moisturizing ingredients, it won’t dry out, yet is still waterproof. Application is soft and creamy, yet it boasts colour, for a vibrant look that won’t budge!

Clinique Quickliner For Eyes

With an automatic pencil that twists up, you don’t have to worry about sharpening this eyeliner. Clinique is one of my favourite makeup brands, and this liner does not disappoint. The silky formula allows you to apply it with ease, and if you’re into a smokey, smudged look, it comes equipped with a smudge tool on the opposite end. Use it on your waterline or create the perfect cat eye.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner

Everyone needs a Chanel liner for fancy nights out drinking bubbly and dressed to the nines. And if there’s going to be dancing, don’t sweat it. Literally. This liner resists water, humidity and sebum so it won’t run and you can dance the night away without worry. It’s gentle, comfortable, and goes on seamlessly. A must for your makeup bag.

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner

Because not all of us can go all out with Chanel, this Revlon liquid liner will do just fine. It’s long-lasting, so it won’t smudge or fade, and the easy applicator allows you to draw on any size line you want from thin to thick. It glides on smoothly and will last all day at the office, or out to drinks with friends.

Finding eyeliner that works with your waterline isn’t an impossible feat. These 10 liners are sure to have you looking beautiful, without any smudge or run!

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From pencil to liquid to gel, this roundup of the best eyeliner for your waterline will help you find the perfect pick for your eyes. They won’t run, they won’t smudge, and they'll last all day! We've included drugstore brands as well as more expensive options, basics for beginners, products for a more dramatic look, and great waterproof eyeliners we can't live without.

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Kate
Kate
Kate is a freelance writer with a background in fashion, beauty and wellness. When she’s not trying out new recipes, taking a hot yoga class, or curled up with a good book, you can find her blogging about lifestyle tips and entrepreneurialism at Layered Indulgence.