Eyeliner can be the
saving grace of the time-strapped girl. A quick swipe and you've got a statement makeup look that takes no time to create. But liner is also notoriously finicky — who hasn't accidentally wiped your eye only to smudge your perfectly sketched flick? Suddenly, your perfectly defined gaze is looking more raccoon than ravishing.
Fortunately, there is a fix for this problem: long-wear liner. These stay-put pens, pots, and pencils grab on tight to your lid and hold on for dear life. They're so good, you might find your only issue is how the hell to get them
off your lids. (Hint: We love a good cleansing oil for this particular task.)
Ahead, the R29 beauty team's top picks for stay-in-place liners.
This pot of gel isn't just long-wearing, it's versatile, too. Use the dense brush to create precise lines or blend it out for instant smoky eyes.
L'Oréal Infallible Lacquer Liner In Slate, $9.95, available at L'Oréal.
This liner manages to cling to our eyelids for hours and comes in four neutral hues.
NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Nuku Hiva, $27, available at Sephora.
Behold: A liquid liner we can't stop talking about. The opaque pigment really lasts, plus it's easy to control
and has the chicest packaging. Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, $22, available at Eyeko.
Marc Jacobs Beauty has managed to fuse the precision of a gel and the ease of a pencil into one user-friendly product that doesn't budge once it sets. That's a long way of saying it's great for those of us who don't moonlight as makeup artists.
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, $25, available at Sephora.
There's nothing outdated about using gel eyeliner in a pot. The formula is smooth enough that even the most shaky-handed amateurs can draw a perfect cat-eye. Plus, the product lasts for months.
Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel, $35, available at Chanel.
If the innovative wand isn't cool enough for you, the slick liner will seal the deal. With one of the smallest brush tips we've ever used, this liquid formula is crazy precise and dries almost instantly. The unique, bendable wand makes for tight control and easy application — even for liner amateurs.
Lancôme Grandiôse Bendable Liquid Eyeliner, $32, available at Sephora.
Sure, the formula is trustworthy and stands up against sweat, but it's the wide variety of colors that hold our interest. From baby blue to olive green, this set has you prepared for any occasion or mood.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $22, available at Sephora.
On a recent trip, our beauty writer traced a bit of this liner on the back of her hand. Two days later, the line was visible — even after numerous hand washings and showers. So yes, it'll last through a sweat session on the dance floor
easily. Too Faced Stretch Marker, $20, available at Too Faced.
This fella will last through an hour-long gym sesh, dip in the pool, and even a light showering of rain. (We tested.)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $20, available at Sephora.
This formula promises the intense, concentrated color of a liquid liner, plus the silky finish of a gel, all with the convenience of a pencil. It’s a tall order, but it delivers — and, yes, it lasts all day.
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen, $12, available at Target.
Pair this with the fan-favorite
Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. It's long-lasting and adds just enough drama to your look. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Eyeliner, $20, available at Tarte.
Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline.
Makeup artists, editors, and bloggers alike have raved about this drugstore gel eyeliner for years. Once slicked onto the lids (just use the A+ brush that comes with it) the formula allows for some time to blend before it dries — and once it does, it's not going anywhere.
Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner,
This tried-and-true liquid eyeliner has a super-fine tip, making it ideal for tracing on a cat-eye. Plus, the long-wearing formula doesn't get flaky, even if you head out straight after work. (And stay out well past midnight.)
L'Oréal Lineur Intense Felt-Tip Liquid Eyeliner, $9.99, available at Ulta.
Photo: Courtesy of Nyx Cosmetics.
NYX's Retractable Eye Liners come in a host of fun colors (silver, teal, cobalt) that will see you through every dinner party, concert, or happy hour.
Photo: Via Nordstrom.
For those of you looking for a long-wearing, no-tug liquid liner, this one will be right up your alley. It also has a high-satin, rich-girl finish we're mad about.
Le Stylo Ultra Slim Liquid Eyeliner,
Photo: Via Sephora.
Although we can't say we've worn this eyeliner-eyeshadow hybrid for 24 hours straight, we have counted on it to get us through two conferences calls, three appetizers, and um, a few aperitifs. We're happy to report the color held up the whole time.
Too Faced Bulletproof Liner 24 Hour Eyeliner, $19.80, available at Too Faced.
This product's thin applicator tip makes it easier than ever to get
thisclose to your lash line, making it a breeze for beginners. NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner, $5.99, available at Ulta.
Make Up For Ever's Aqua XL line is famous for its waterproof formulas, so you can bet these brand-new liquid liners are going to be bold, in-your-face, and budge-proof for hours — even when you work up a major sweat.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Eye Liner, $24, available at Sephora.
You never know what you can find when you're browsing your
favorite clothing retailer's site. Exhibit A: This liquid eyeliner. Our test for long-lasting wear involved a stellar cat-eye and even faux freckles. To much surprise, every last ink mark lasted through sweat and rain. & Other Stories Eye Marker, $15, available at & Other Stories.
Sir John's tip for applying these ultra-pigmented babies? Draw a tiny dot at the side of your eye, then slowly wing out to create the shape. "If it's after dark, [or] after a couple of glasses of rosé, no one's paying attention to how level they are,"
he says. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner, $9.99, available at L’Oréal Paris.
Unlike our favorite pencil liners from the '00s, this option doesn't turn the whites of our eyes red or smudge every time we blink.
Natasha Denona Eye Liner Pencil, $18, available at Sephora.
The Cadillac of liquid liners, this formula’s staying power is so intense that it’s almost scary — in the best way. If you’re looking for a liquid eyeliner that will not budge (save for an oil cleanser to take it off at the end of the day), this one’s for you.
LORAC Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner, $23, available at LORAC.
The easiest, creamiest, longest-wearing pencil you’ll ever use, it makes inferior liners feel like chalk by comparison.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner, $21, available at Sephora.
The pen's curved tip can be angled wherever you need it be. No more jagged lines!
Maybelline Curvitude Liner, $8.99, available at Ulta.
Since legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath is behind this liner, you can bet on its long-wear stamina. If it can last on Bella Hadid's eyes down at hot runway, it will definitely stay on your lids through an eight-hour work day.
Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil, $25, available at Sephora.
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