The Best Eyeliner for Sports

Eyeliner can come in pencil, matte or liquid.

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You know the look -- the one that happens after you’ve scored the winning goal in the last 10 seconds of the game or you’ve gone all game, set and match against a worthy opponent. You hop in your car to motor home and spot a raccoon staring back at you when you look in the rear view mirror. Your eyeliner had a nice play date with the sweat and created a smudgy ring around your eyes. Or worse, you’ve felt the thrill of victory only to feel the agony of defeat when your reflection reveals that all traces of eyeliner are gone, making you look a bit like the ghost of Christmas past. Fret not, dearest -- there are eyeliners out there that offer the level of longevity required by a sporty gal like you.

Revlon ColorStay Liner

The oils naturally present in your skin, as well as sweat from a well-played game, can ruin your careful liner application. Because it’s waterproof and is highly resistant to smudging or running, "InStyle" magazine recommends Revlon ColorStay Liner. The magazine stylistas recommend putting on the eyeliner -- or any eyeliner -- over powder to help it to stay in place.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes

If water ballerinas were the guinea pigs for an eyeliner, it's a pretty good bet that it will likewise withstand full-contact sports. "Allure" magazine recommends one such liner -- Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes -- because it’s waterproof and draws on smoothly and easily. Unlike some eyeliners, the way this liner glides across your eyelids prevents it from breaking mid-stroke, or adding an extra wrinkle or two with all that pulling and tugging. And it really was tested on water ballerinas.

Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

You can toss those pesky, little pencil sharpeners when you use the Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner. Available in more than 20 colors, when you’re down to the nub on this liner, you just dial the mechanism on the pencil so that fresh liner is revealed. The panelists at "Good Housekeeping" magazine particularly liked the ease of application. The liner stayed in place all day and passed the water test, making it ideal for the track and field.

Hourglass Cosmetics Script Precision Liquid Liner

If the thought of drawing on your eyelids with a glorified pencil isn’t your thing, try a liquid eyeliner. Hourglass Cosmetics produces a liner tip that is actually more like a calligraphy pen. The pen allows you to draw a pencil-thin line or something a bit more dramatic, like a smoky eye. The felt tip won’t pull at your eye, and the experts at "Real Simple" appreciate how quickly the liner dries, which is particularly helpful if you’re finishing your makeup in the car before hitting the field.

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