This one’s for the girls and the makeup boys. Y’all know how frustrating it can be when you’re out and about and your eyeliner starts smudging. You start to look more like you just had a big cry rather than the fierce wing you spent so much time putting on that morning. While eyeliner smudging could be due to crying (you okay, babes?), for many of us, it’s due to having oily eyelids. And no matter how many waterproof eyeliners and setting sprays we put on, we’d still end up with panda eyes by the end of the day.
But fear not, because after doing some digging and testing ourselves, we’ve gathered a list of OIL-PROOF, WATER-PROOF, ANYTHING-PROOF eyeliners that will stay on NO MATTER WHAT! Here they are: 5 affordable eyeliners that won’t smudge (tried and tested!):
Somethinc FOREVER STAY Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
If you’ve been on beauty TikTok, you might’ve come across this Indonesian brand that has been taking over everyone’s For You Page. While Somethinc offers a wide selection of beauty products, ranging from skincare to makeup, one product that stands out is their FOREVER STAY Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. True to its name, this eyeliner will not budge the moment it dries down on your eyes. It’s smudge-proof, oil-proof and water-proof, dries fast, and has a sharp tip that allows you to draw precise lines. Best part? It’s under RM30, so you don’t have to worry about spending too much whenever your eyeliner runs out.
Heroine Make KISS ME Smooth Liquid Eyeliner
Considered as one of the best-selling makeup products in Japan, Heroine Make’s “Kiss Me” eyeliner is definitely a must-have in your makeup bag. It has been featured by many famous makeup artists and YouTubers. Best known for its long-lasting results, it was designed to last the entire day, impervious to tears, sweat, water, and oil. Best part? The 0.1mm ultra fine tip is perfect for Asian eyes, giving you precise lines and strokes. While it does stay for a long time, you can take it off with some warm water, so you don’t have to rub too hard on your eyes when you remove you makeup. But, if the product still won’t budge with water and soap, we recommend using an oil-based makeup remover.
Koji Dolly Wink Eyeliner
Another Japanese makeup brand known for its amazing products, the Koji Dolly Wink Eyeliner is one of the more popular options among beauty gurus. While the eyeliner is pigmented, it’s not the blackest on the market, which could actually be great for beginners, since the colour payoff is much more forgiving. The eyeliner dries fast, which is good if you wanna layer it and get a deeper colour. Overall, it’s a good everyday eyeliner to have if you’re going for a minimal and natural eyeliner look.
Clio Kill Lasting Superproof Brush Liner
For those who want an eyeliner that dries down matte, this one’s for you. This eyeliner will be your ride or die, no matter how humid the day is, or how wild the night gets. The brush applicator allows you to make precise strokes, and the colour stays saturated for a really long time. Plus, it’s quite affordable, given the quality and staying power of the eyeliner. Depending what kind of look you’re going for, you can either get the Black or Brown shade.
K-Palette Real Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner
Another buildable eyeliner, the K-Palette Real Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner is definitely a worthy contender for one of the most beginner-friendly eyeliners out there. The wear time is incredible, and your eyeliner will be staying on FLEEK even after 10 hours (without primer!). Plus, if you wear contact lenses, this eyeliner won’t irritate your eyes. Likewise, if you find it hard to remove the eyeliner with water, since it’s just THAT good, we recommend using an oil-based makeup remover or micellar water.