Cry all you like wearing one of these
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.