10 Waterproof Eyeliners That Actually Work


Maybe you cry at weddings and rom-com’s. Or you’re an avid swimmer and water-skier. Whatever the reason, your lifestyle requires an eyeliner that won’t budge no matter what gets thrown your way. A waterproof liner can give you the exact cat-eye flick you want without having to worry about it smudging, running or smearing throughout the day or night. Whether you prefer a pencil or liquid liner, it’s important to know, however, which waterproof liners actually work to ensure your liner stays in place all day long.


Benefit Cosmetics BadGal BANG! 24-Hour Eye Pencil

We love the soft creamy texture of this kohl pencil from Benefit. You can build thickness stroke by stroke and it comes with a smudge tip to help create a smoky eye effect too.

Make Up Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil

This is a best-seller for a reason. The super-creamy texture glides on easily and won’t crease or fade even under the most harsh conditions; rain, tears, you name it. It also comes in over 20 shades!

Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer

This pencil feels soft and luxe when applied. Use the smudge tip for the smoky eye look. It also self-sharpens with an easy twist for added convenience.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

With its silky formula that goes on so smooth you’ll think it’s liquid, this hybrid pencil is made with crushed pearl powder that the brand says helps hydrate the skin and smooth the eye’s surface for easy application. It also claims to last up to 14 hours.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

This Marc Jacobs liner feels so soft on the first swipe, you’ll find it tough to believe it will last all day. The brains behind Marc Jacobs beauty describe it as “a gel pot eyeliner encased within a crayon.” It promises to glide on smoothly and sets for all-day wear.


Kat Von D Ink Liner

The Kat Von D Ink Liner is one of the best-selling waterproof eyeliners at Sephora and for good reason. It’s ultra-rich, highly pigmented and offers 24-hour lasting power.

Christian Dior Diorshow On Stage Liquid Eyeliner

A luxury liquid liner pen that gives you the precise line you want. It’s got a hybrid applicator that is part brush and part felt tip allowing greater flexibility for achieving different effects. And of course, it’s waterproof and available in 3 different finishes: vinyl, matte, and satin.

NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner

Another liquid pen at the opposite end of the price spectrum, but this best-seller stands the test of time and will weather any storm – climate or emotional. It offers a flexible, precise tip which makes creating the look you desire effortless.

L’Oreal Paris Flash Cat Eye by Infallible Liquid Eyeliner

The standout feature of this waterproof liquid liner is the tool it comes with – a detachable stencil to ensure you get Instagram perfect “wings” every time. The stencil is obviously optional, but it’s a foolproof tool in the process of creating a perfect cat-eye.

Eyeko London Sport Waterproof Eyeliner

Another not quite liquid, not quite pencil formulation, is this “gel” liner from Eyeco. It’s designed for the athletically minded and the brand says it will stay on even “under extreme sport conditions.” It contains coconut oil for smooth application and has a built-in sharpener to ensure the tip remains precise.


Kim Izzo