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EMOTIONAL TIMES CALL FOR WATERPROOF EYELINER

Cry all you like wearing one of these

16.07.2021

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Life has always been an emotional rollercoaster that no one asks to go on, but we’ll be damned if we don’t make the best of it – especially having survived a global pandemic. Still, emotions give us wet eyes. We’ll also be damned if we let that ruin our eyeliner. After all, it took several periods of isolation to perfect. So, here are the best waterproof eyeliners. You are now free to cry for whatever reason, although we’d avoid wasting tears on idiots who don’t deserve you.

THE BEST WATERPROOF EYELINER FOR CREATING A SMOKEY EYE

DECORTÉ LASTING GEL EYELINER, £32 AT LOOK FANTASTIC

What’s the secret to a love that lasts? Honestly, we have no idea. The secret to a flick that lasts – to rapidly change the subject – is Lasting Gel Eyeliner by Decorté, though. We know that much! With a formula that dries instantly and doesn’t require tugging, it offers two looks: the aforementioned flick or, courtesy of the smudging sponge, a nascent smokey eye. This might be an everlasting love.

THE BEST WATERPROOF EYELINER FOR FLEXIBILITY 

CHANEL LE LINER DE CHANEL HIGH PRECISION LONGWEARING AND WATERPROOF LIQUID EYELINER, £31 AT HARVEY NICHOLS

Not only is this a waterproof eyeliner, it’s also longwearing. But you wouldn’t expect anything less from Chanel. Its formula is somewhat akin to latex, which isn’t to imply that it's innately sexy (although it is), but that it allows you to stretch the line drawn out to its full potential – something that the flexible yet precise brush also helps with, of course.

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THE BEST WATERPROOF EYELINER FOR PRECISION

STILA STAY ALL DAY DUAL-ENDED WATERPROOF LIQUID EYELINER, £22

Double-edged swords usually represent life’s complexities, but this one actually makes life simpler. It’s not an actual sword, though – we aren’t that good at applying eyeliner. With one end for making bold strokes and another for fiddly details, Stay All Day by Stila does just that. It’s our weapon of choice.

THE BEST WATERPROOF EYELINER FOR CONVENIENCE

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DARKSIDE WATERPROOF GEL LINER, £18 AT SPACE NK

When it comes to waterproof eyeliner, there is often a difficult decision to be made between the convenience of a pencil and the smooth texture of a gel. Darkside by Anastasia Beverly Hills allows you to have both and intensely pigmented colour. It also has something that we wish we had: a retractable tip to prevent breakage. But this is giving us all the strength we need for now.

THE BEST WATERPROOF EYELINER FOR MAINTAINING CONTROL

HOURGLASS VOYEUR WATERPROOF LIQUID LINER, £33 AT CULT BEAUTY

While we’re more prone to being exhibitionists, Voyeur by Hourglass is not a waterproof eyeliner that we will ever reject. It provides what we prize above all: control, which, with regards to applying eyeliner (and perhaps life itself, but that’s a conversation for therapy), is vital. Your eyelids won’t be tugged nor parts of the line skipped with this in your arsenal.