The Best Waterproof Eyeliners

Make sure your liner stays put with a waterproof formula.

Photo: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Humidity. Heat. Water. Sweat. Oily skin. All are eyeliner's worst enemies. Imagine taking a final exam and worrying that your eyeliner is dripping down your cheeks. Or picture this: You're giving an important presentation at work and, instead of focusing on your speech, you're worrying about your eyeliner smearing. What's a girl to do? Grab a waterproof eyeliner. Whether you prefer a liquid liner, gel liner or pencil, there is something out there that will let you completely forget about your makeup and focus on important things. Like that hot guy sitting in on your presentation.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Stila's waterproof eyeliner pen is like the first-place bodybuilder of the liquid eyeliner world -- it's super strong! This little wand delivers smooth, even color that sticks to lids like glue -- it just needs a few seconds to dry. Despite its adhesiveness, it's easy to take off with makeup remover or soap and water. The fine stylo tip makes it easier to apply than some other liners. Its thin, pointed tip creates a precise line -- key when you're slicking on liquid liner!

MAC Fluidline

Fluidline is MAC's signature gel eyeliner and a staple in makeup artists' kits. And if they're relying on it to endure hot photo lights, waves on beachfront shoots and the grueling hours associated with photo shoots, you know it's got to be a keeper. The tiny pot is a powerhouse when it comes to defining eyes. Sweep the liner onto lids with an angled eyeliner brush -- it's not budging. It doesn't run, bleed, smear or flake through showering, crying ... even swimming. Swipe it off with waterproof eye-makeup remover, and you'll never know it was there. Genius!

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen

Don't let the name fool you -- Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen is actually a pencil. If you want more control, or just aren't good with liquid liners (and really, who is?), reach for this. Application is a cinch with this smooth formula, which almost melts onto lids. It'll last all day with minimal smudging or fading ... even when exposed to water. You can't ask for much more from a pencil.

Styli-Style Line and Seal 24 Twist

If the tip on the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen is too thick for you, try the Styli-Style Line and Seal 24 Twist. Since it's mechanical, it maintains a chiseled tip without ever requiring sharpening. What girl would say no to effortless beauty?! This pencil is easy to manuever on the eyes and, once it's on, you can forget about it without worry. It doesn't run or smudge, unless you want it to -- like, when you're taking it off at night.

Napoleon Perdis Neo Noir Liquid Liner

If you're a pro at slicking on liquid liner, give Napoleon Perdis Neo Noir Liquid Liner a whirl. The pen-style felt tip is substantial and thick, but doesn't draw on messy lines. You can press harder to apply a thicker, more dramatic line without the risk of the liner bleeding or feathering. Its pure, black color provides flattering definition without looking harsh. Put it this way: if it were a guy, you'd want to marry it. (Or at least make out with it.)

Related Videos


Add to this Article



Just for you

What type are you?

Choose your Face Shape
or Register
Beauty School iPad App


How would you like to register?

Register with Facebook
  • It's fast, easy and hassle-free
  • One-click log-in and commenting
Register with
  • Use your email to create your account