Eyeliner and I have a very complicated relationship. I wore a shocking amount during my middle school and high school years, lining my eyes in thick dark lines each morning before class. Then, I decided it just wasn't for me. My lids are super oily, and the eyeliner I applied just never seemed to stick. It all turned into a huge, smudgy mess before I even arrived where I was going.
That is, until now. While I'm still not as much of an eyeliner advocate as I once was, I appreciate a formula that stays put for a night when I'm feeling especially saucy. Keep reading for the 10 waterproof eye pencils that work best.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20)
Try this cushiony, creamy eye pencil—the texture is incredible—for a super-smooth application and really amazing color payoff. The genius is in the waterproof formula, created with 50% moisturizing ingredients to keep the color vibrant and the wear long.
Stila Cosmetics Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner ($22)
Each one of Stila's liners features a cocktail of moisturizing ingredients that ensures an easy application and zero color-fade, flakiness, or smudges.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner ($4)
For just four bucks, you can have a drugstore eyeliner that works like a prestige one. Rimmel's waterproof option comes in all the light, bright, dark, and sultry shades you may want, but we're partial to this nude option to nix fatigue from your face in seconds flat.
Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil ($8)
For up to 16-hour wear (yes, really), Maybelline's gel liner applies with high-intensity pigment and smooth, translucent gel to keep your makeup smudge-proof all day and into the night.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner ($21)
A pro artist favorite, Make Up For Ever's waterproof pencil is versatile (it comes in 20 shades) and creates the tight line you've been craving. FYI: Apply it with light pressure for best results.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($9)
L'Oréal's Infallible Silkissime Eye Liner is the silkiest offering we've tried so far—it feels like a liquid with the application ease of a pencil. Trust: It goes on so, so smoothly.
FYI: Try these 10 volumizing mascaras that actually make your lashes look fake.