(Last Updated On: January 25, 2018)

Who doesn’t want to experience the Andie Macdowell-Hugh Grant standing in the rain scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral?

Well, in order to do that you need some things.

Of course, you need a boyfriend (or a girlfriend).

AND…and this is the thing you’re likely to forget….you need a good waterproof eyeliner.

And that’s where I come in. I reviewed the 10 hottest waterproof eyeliners available and came up with a list of the 3 best waterproof eyeliners.


At A Glance: My Choices For The Best Waterproof Eyeliner

stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner includes a known industry-standard waterproofing agent.

Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eye Liner has a fabulous jet black shade.

Prestige Total Intensity Long Wearing Eye Liner has a soft pencil applicator.


The Best Waterproof Eyeliner

01. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Review

USP: Cara Delevingne’s make-up artist Molly Stern lists the cobalt shade of this exact line as the key to getting the Cara Delevingne 2016 Comic Con Cobalt Eyes Look.

Shades: Available in 14 shades ranging from Intense Black to White including Cobalt, Olive, Moss and Periwinkle.

Type of Liner: Felt-tip pen.

Doesn’t smudge, run or flake much. May fade a bit after a long wear.

Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer is a well-known industry standard waterproofing agent.

This is a good choice for official and semi-official settings. Like a pencil liner it’s very easy to apply. However you don’t face the hassle of having to sharpen it.

You can also use this for informal settings where you’d want more defined lines and perhaps styles like cat eyes. However that will take a little effort.

In particular, this is a great option for monolid users.

It will last longer if you apply some primer first.

The key ingredients follow.

Film FormerStyrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer
Texture EnhancerButylene Glycol, Xantham Gum
ThickenerBeheneth-30, Xantham Gum
Condition your skinSodium Polyaspartate
pH adjuster/BufferSodium Hydroxide
PreservativePhenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate
Chelating AgentDisodium EDTA


  • Smooth the eye out before lining. That ensures it doesn’t hurt.
  • Apply the liner close to your lashes.
  • Use small feathering strokes to avoid gaps between the line and your lash line.
  • Remove with a good cleanser or coconut oil.

What I Liked

You can do styles like cat eyes or wings.

Good for monolid users.

Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer is a well-known industry standard waterproofing agent.

No ethanolamines.

What I Didn’t Like

The tip starts wearing out after some time making it difficult to get sharp lines.

Not paraben-free.

The Best Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

02. Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eye Liner Review

USP: The Jet Black shade is Just About Right – Black enough to highlight your eyes but not so black that it looks cheap.

Shade: Jet Black.

Type of Liner: Brush-tip pen.

Smudges a bit. Doesn’t flake or run much. May fade after a long wear.

Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer is a well-known industry standard waterproofing agent.

A brush-tip pen is softer and easier to apply than a felt-tip pen.

It’s very easy to apply. And you get a smooth and precise line.

You can clean it easily using a good cleanser or coconut oil. It’s also easy to touch up or re-apply.

The main ingredients are listed below.

Texture EnhancerButylene Glycol
Film FormerStyrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer
MoisturizerAlcohol, pro- Vit. B5*
Condition your skinRosa canina Extract**, Succinoyl Atellocollagen
Replenish your skinSodium Hyaluronate***
pH adjuster/BufferTriethanolamine, Aminomethyl Propanol
Emulsion StabilizerTriethanolamine
PreservativePhenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Benzoate
Chelating AgentDisodium EDTA
*As Panthenol.

**Dog Rose.

***Salt form of Hyaluronic Acid


  • Start at the inner corner of your eye and move the applicator slowly to the outer corner.
  • Be careful applying along the waterline.

What I Liked

 Doesn’t flake or run much.

 Nice jet black shade.

 Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer is a well-known industry standard waterproofing agent.

 Easy to both apply and cleanse.

What I Didn’t Like

Smudges a bit. May fade after a long wear.

May be difficult to apply if you’re unfamiliar with brush applicators.

Not paraben-free.

Contains Triethanolamine.

The Best Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner

03. Prestige Total Intensity Long Wearing Eye Liner Review

USP: Strong Slate is a particularly good shade for older users. Fearless Teal Blue is good for darker skin.

Shades: 9 shades – Strong Slate, Powerful Purple, Lively Turquiose, Olive Green, Fierce Blue, Fearless Teal Blue, Deepest Black, Daring Green and Bold Brown.

Type of Liner – Pencil liner but it’s softer than many pencil liners.

Smudges a bit. Does not flake or run. However it does fade after a long wear.

Cyclopentasiloxane is a known waterproofing agent, lubricates the skin and gives your skin a great sheen.

It’s particularly easy to apply on your waterline. It glides on smoothly to give you a highly defined line.

The only problem is you need a light touch if you want a thin line.

Following are the key ingredients.

Texture EnhancerIsododecane, Synthetic Wax, Nylon-12
Coloring AgentMica
MoisturizerCyclopentasiloxane, C20-40 Alcohol, Polyethylene
Condition your skinPerfluorononyl Dimethicone, Vit. E*
Emulsifying AgentPEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, C20-40 Alcohol
ThickenerSilica, Polyethylene
AbsorbentSilica, Nylon-12
Binding AgentHydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene
*As Tocopherol.


  • Start at the inner corner of your eye and glide along the lash line towards the outer corner.
  • Use a light touch if you want a sharp line.
  • Buy a cosmetics sharpener to sharpen it.

What I Liked

 Does not flake or run.

 Soft pencil.

 Cyclopentasiloxane is a known waterproofing agent.

 Easily applied on your waterline.

 No parabens.

 No ethanolamines.

What I Didn’t Like

 Smudges and fades after long wear.

 You need a light touch if you want a thin line.

What did I look for in selecting Waterproof Eyeliners??

Well, first and foremost I looked at the shades.

Then I looked at the kind of eyeliner.

  • A pencil or a pen eyeliner may flake and/or smudge after a long wear but it’s also the easiest to apply.
  • A felt-tipped eyeliner may be a bit more difficult to apply depending on how tough the tip is.
  • A brush-tipped eyeliner is easier to apply than a felt-tipped eyeliner.

And then of course come the properties of the ingredients.

Ingredients that are moisturizers, replenish or soothe your skin are there to protect your skin from dryness and keep it lustrous.

Film Formers have water-binding properties and smoothen your skin.

Texture Enhancersare used to turn basic pigments into finished products.

Ethanolamines, used as surfactants and/or buffers, are skin and eye irritants. Though permitted for use in certain concentrations and forms in the USA and the EU, it may be better to avoid ethanolamines.

Parabens have estrogen-mimicking properties so they’re better avoided. There is research suggesting they may not be that bad….but better safe than sorry!

Emulsion Stabilizers/Emulsifying Agents stop emulsions from separating into their oil and liquid components.

Binding Agents hold or draw other chemicals together mechanically, chemically or as an adhesive.

Chelating agents prevent contamination.

Preservatives…well, duh!

Water may be a surprising addition to eyeliners but it’s not. Some eyeliners contain humectants (moisturizers) which draw water to the skin surface. Having some water provided in the eyeliner itself stops the humectants (moisturizers) drawing water from deeper in the skin.

Buffer/pH adjusters resist pH changes. This ensures the eyeliner does not become too acidic or alkaline for your skin.

Well that was a looong list…

Yes it was….and as usual, I have a clear winning Waterproof Eyeliner for you.

stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

It’s a felt-tip pen waterproof eyeliner, so easy to use.

Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer is a well-known industry standard waterproofing agent.

It won’t run, smudge or flake but it may fade a little…but, no biggie! Simply remove it with a cleanser, whip out your pencil and apply a fresh coat!

There are 14 gorgeous shades to choose from. Tell you what….

Do a basic smoky eye with one of the darker eyeliners and perhaps some eye shadow.

Glide the Periwinkle along your waterline.

And do a Winged Line with the Cobalt Blue.

And check the mirror.

Ten to one you’ll find Cara Delevingne’s Comic Con staring back at you.

Now…I’m not saying any of these waterproof eyeliners are in danger of drying out but if they do, here’s a quick primer on how to revive them.

One Final Word Of Warning

You’re sure gonna have fun with the waterproof eyeliner of your choice…but make sure to remember the Golden Rules

 Some eyeliners may be flammable. So do NOT use them near fire or heat.

 Avoid getting them into your eyes or scratching your eyes with them. You may go blind. If you do get your eyes scratched, consult an opthalmologist immediately.

 Do NOT apply eye makeup in moving cars.

 Do NOT share your eyeliner (or any other eye makeup) with anyone else.

 Do NOT fall asleep with your eyeliner on.

  • Joel Schlessinger M.D. says that it can cause redness, dryness and irritation.
  • It may also clog your lash follicles, giving you eye pimples.

 That’s about it. If you feel I’ve missed something…or your new Waterproof Eyeliner got you your first Four Weddings and a Funeral moment, feel free to tell me!

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