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The Best Waterproof Eyeliners That Won’t Let You Down

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It’s sweltering outside, our social lives are picking up in a way that means we are doing away with our sweats and finally embracing summer dresses, sun-kissed skin and doing our makeup.

With all the above sounding great, we should also face the facts about summer: the heat makes us feel lethargic, a mere wrong outfit choice could leave you dripping in sweat and highly uncomfortable, our blow dries flatten within seconds, and makeup really moves and melts - especially eyeliner as it creases and smudges with eyelid sweat - yes, eyelid sweat is a thing…

Waterproof eyeliners are just as essential as your SPF tinted moisturizers and bronzers for the summer, but aren’t confined to just being used in summer months and we’ve rounded up a list of 10 that will work hard to stay put throughout pool days, summer soirees, and even a good cry…

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Milk Makeup - Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

Milk Makeup has a cult following for their easy to use and kind to skin formulations – including their budge proof eyeliner. Milk Makeup’s Long Wear Gel Eyeliner is low maintenance and life-proof as the waterproof formula sticks firmly through the day and into the night. Enriched with avocado oil and ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid, application is easy and smooth along lids and comes in six flattering shades.

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Makeup By Mario - Master Mattes Liquid Liner

When Kim K’s very own personal makeup artist launched his very own line of makeup, we all paid attention and for good reason. Makeup by Mario's Master Mattes Liquid Liner features an ultra-sharp, flexible felt tip nib and contains the highest quality ingredients to guarantee unparalleled performance. Highly pigmented, the formula has a 15-minute period before it becomes waterproof which means you have time to account for touch-ups as your complete the rest of your face.

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Shiseido - Kajal InkArtist

Shiseido's Kajal InkArtist is a 4-in-1 liner, kajal, eyeshadow, and brow colour that delivers striking definition with 12-hour waterproof wear. Need we say anymore?
The multi-purpose formula has a perfect creamy texture that boasts smudge-proof, crease-proof, waterproof and tear-proof coverage. The pencil has a soft, graduated point that perfects precise detail as easily as it does a full-lid look. Plus, the detachable sharpener maintains the tip's definition and the built-in sponge makes a seamless, smoky finish seem effortless too!

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Victoria Beckham Beauty – Satin Kajal Liner

We’ve talked about this one before – especially because we love exactly how Victoria Beckham’s makeup always looks so effortless and minimal. Victoria Beckham Beauty’s Satin Kajal Liner is the key to achieving the fashion and beauty maven’s signature smoky eye makeup.
The creamy formula defines and exaggerates your eyes and the double-ended pencil has an in-built smudger to effortlessly diffuse the pigment for your most sultry smoulder yet. Gliding on with a velvety finish, it sets into a waterproof block of color that offers crease-free staying power.

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Hourglass - Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner

Hourglass’ Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner is the ultimate long-wearing, waterproof formula that is all packaged up and delivered via a flexible precision felt tip, which gives perfect control. The tapered shape creates thin, precise lines, and is perfect for creating bold, graphic looks or a glam cat-eye. Drying quickly, this minimizes danger of smudging and promises all-day, transfer-free wear. Make it your secret weapon!

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Too Faced - Killer Kajal 12 Hour Long-wearing Intense Eyeliner

Facts: Too Faced’s Killer Kajal 12-Hour Long-Wearing Intense Eyeliner won’t smudge, move, transfer, crease – none of it. It has a lightweight, intensely black, waterproof formula that glides along the waterline for subtle sophistication. The flexible formula can also be smudged along the lash line for a smoky finish and is equally great for precise, graphic lines – and can withstand a torrential downpour of rain.

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Sweed Lashes – Satin Kohl Eyeliner

Sweed Lashes’ Satin Kohl Eyeliner can easily create a wide range of looks – without creasing, smudging or transferring. The formula is highly pigmented and glides on to the lids smoothly – making it perfect for creating a smudged smoky eye, a defined wing, or even a tight lined waterline. Moreover, its waterproof, intense and long-wearing formula is enriched with vitamin E and jojoba oil to gently care for the delicate eye area too.

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Pat McGrath Labs - Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner

Whatever Pat McGrath Labs creates is akin to a pot of gold. The Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner is no exception. This product should be a staple in your makeup bag as it clings through humid and rainy days, a dip in the pool, and a good emotional moment in which you ugly cry.

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NYX Professional Makeup – Epic Ink Liner

NYX Professional Makeup’s Epic Ink Liner is the affordable secret to effortlessly lining your eyes – whether it’s a graphic wing or just a little bit of definition. It has an intensely pigmented, stay-put waterproof formula and slender, flexible brush for complete control. The inky product flows seamlessly for a defined finish and you can control the thickness easily by simply altering the pressure.

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Laura Mercier – Longwear Crème Eye Pencil

For those who are total makeup novices, this one is particularly easy on the eyes: Laura Mercier’s Longwear Crème Eye Pencil lasts all day and has a creamy, non-snag texture.

Perfect for wedding induced tears, this formula is totally tear-proof and waterproof and lasts up to 12 hours. Super smooth, the pencil, which also comes with its own sharpener, applies easily without irritating skin or posing as a risk to contact lens-wearers and comes in an array of striking colors.

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