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20 Eyeliners That Won’t Smear — No Matter What

Eyeliner can be the saving grace of the time-strapped. 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 their eye only to smudge that practiced 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 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. (We love a good cleansing oil for this particular task.)

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Ahead, the eyeliners you can trust to stay in place — no matter what you throw at them.

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Milk Makeup Long Wear Gel Eyeliner


A 2-in-1 product is music to a beauty enthusiast's ears, especially when it allows you to easily change up your look. This long-wear liner has a precise tip on one end for when you want a clean line, and a smudger tip on the other side for when you're ready to transform into a smoky look.
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Dior Diorshow On Stage Liquid Eyeliner


This formula lasts for 24 hours, which is amazing, but it's the felt-tip brush that won our hearts. Read: It's very precise.
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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner


Don't let the intense pigment of this liner scare you away. It packs on color but stays right in place with its waterproof and sweat-resistant formula.
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Fenty Beauty Flyliner


Fenty Beauty global makeup artist Hector Espinal told us that this new liner is one of his favorite products from the brand. Why? He praises its long-lasting formula: "I feel like I can do anything with it and it won't budge."
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NARS Eyeliner Stylo


This liner manages to cling to our eyelids for hours and comes in four neutral hues.
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Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner


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.
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner


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.
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Chanel Beauty Calligraphie De Chanel


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.
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Lancôme Grandôse Bendable Liquid Eyeliner


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.
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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner


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.
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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil


This one will last through an hour-long gym sesh, dip in the pool, and even a light showering of rain. (We tested.)
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Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner


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.
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Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline.

Maybelliine Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner


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.
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L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid 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.)
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Almay Liquid Eyeliner


Take this option for a spin if drawing on the perfect cat-eye still intimidates you. The applicator has a flex tip for easy control and the pigment is water-resistant.
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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Eye Liner


Make Up For Ever's Aqua XL line is famous for its waterproof formulas, so you can bet these liquid liners are bold, in-your-face, and budge-proof for hours — even when you work up a major sweat.
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LORAC Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner


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.
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Pat McGrath Labs PermaGel Eyeliner Pencil


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.
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Maybelline Curvitude Liner


The pen's curved tip can be angled wherever you need it be. No more jagged lines!
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Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner


Thirty seconds is all you need to let this jet-black eyeliner set wherever you put it. Once it's in place via single line or wing, it'll be with you all day — through sleep or sweat — thanks to its semi-permanent formula.
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