The 8 Best Waterproof Liquid Eyeliners of 2019

Super-pigmented formulas that won’t budge

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No one likes spending 20 minutes in the morning perfecting their cat-eye, only to have those beautifully flicked ends disappear by noon. Enter our list of the best waterproof liquid eyeliners: fool-proof, sweat-proof, and basically, life-proof. These formulas don't just stay put, they're velvety-smooth, easy to handle, and totally transforming. They're ideal for the nights when you can’t stop dancing (or sweating) and even better for days where you need to look presentation-ready. Aside from their staying power, these pens are also user-friendly, making your a.m. routine a breeze. Here, the top long-lasting super sticks that’ll deliver clean lines, major color payoff, and eyes defined to perfection.

Best Overall: Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner
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If you thought her music was good, her beauty products are much, much better. Rihanna’s much-talked-about Fenty line boasts a longwearing liquid eyeliner that features a triangle-shaped, extra-long felt tip that deposits intense color in just one swipe, giving you the ability to create any look you want. Go for drama with a thick line, or minimalism with a thin flick. The options are endless, especially with this formula that glides on like a gel, and dries almost instantly. 

Best Drugstore Option: L'Oréal Paris TELESCOPIC™ Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

L'Oréal Paris TELESCOPIC™ Waterproof Precision Liquid Eyeliner
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There’s a reason the word precision is in this liner’s name. With an angled felt tip, application is not only seamless, but almost effortless, which are both key in achieving a smudgeless, super clean finish. The true black color delivers a gorgeous definition that’s ideal for all eye shapes. There’s a reason this eyeliner is almost always sold out: It’s ideal for sensitive eyes, fragrance-free, and opthamologist- and dermatologist-tested. 

Best For Oily Eyelids: KAT VON D Tattoo Liner

KAT VON D Tattoo Liner
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Whether you’re working out, poolside, or running to catch your train in the pouring rain, this inky liner will stay put no matter what the challenge. It doesn’t move an inch, even in extreme humidity or heat. That means no cracking, melting, or fading throughout the day. The satin finish glides on with little to no effort, which explains why the shade Trooper—a versatile satin black—holds a Reader’s Choice Award from Allure. The tip is made of 300 (yes, you read that right) microscopic bristles, that when combined, create a flawless fine line. Bonus: it’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Best Budget: e.l.f. Intense Ink Eyeliner

e.l.f. Intense Ink Eyeliner
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 At such a great price, you could stock up and have the perfect winged look until the end of time—plus, their color Blackest Black is just that: a majorly pigmented jet black color that stays rich from morning to night, no touch-ups needed. It’s one-swipe ability is perfect for the girl-on-the-go, and especially the girl-who-likes-to-oversleep. The formula smooths over the skin almost immediately, adding beautiful intensity to any eye shape.

Best Walmart Option: Almay Liquid Eyeliner

Almay Liquid Eyeliner
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Find yourself breaking out when it comes to certain formulas? Say hello to a water-resistant pen that doesn’t aggravate or inflame finicky skin, meaning it can be applied over the lashes as well as under them with no irritation in sight. The hypoallergenic formula provides fresh color at every application, all thanks to the unique “inkwell” design. The base is filled with mixing beads thoroughly blend the color when the container is shaken. 

Best Tried & True: STILA Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner


An oldie, but always a goodie, this go-to eyeliner is a total people pleaser and editor favorite. The thin felt tip is easy to control and firm to the touch, depositing high-impact color with little to no pressure (read: you don’t have to fuss too much with this one). And less fussing means less clean-up, so you can put those Q-tips and cotton balls away when using this perfect pen. The best part: it’s ideal for beauty rookies as the marker-like tip never skips or pulls on the skin when it’s applied.

Best Innovation: COVERGIRL Perfect Slice

COVERGIRL Perfect Slice
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When it comes to innovation, this ingenious spinning wheel applicator from CoverGirl has got you covered. It may take some practice, as it does with anything new, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll have gorgeous, dramatic lines in just one stroke. The applicator works by gliding on color in one fluid motion—no pausing and no reapplying necessary. The formula dries quickly, so no waiting for your look to set. So, if you’re the girl that likes to keep her makeup routine down to five minutes, then this eyeliner is the perfect addition to your beauty lineup.

Best Double Duty Option: TARTE Tarteist™ Double Take Eyeliner

TARTE Tarteist™ Double Take Eyeliner
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Who doesn’t love a two-for-one? The same beauty powerhouse that brought you Amazonian Clay has taken that famed ingredient and put it into a liquid and pencil duo. The dual-ended pen has two different textures to choose from: metallic and matte. Both give an even application, clean finish, and long wearing power.

It’s recommended to use the self-sharpening pencil side first and trace it along the upper and lower lash lines to contour the eyes, then top the look off with the waterproof liquid liner for fierce definition. And just like other Tarte products, this one is also free of harmful ingredients, like mineral oil, parabens, and phthalates.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular waterproof liquid eyeliners on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 8 different eyeliners overall, screened options from 8 different brands and manufacturers, read over 4 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 6 of the eyeliners themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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