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Best Long Lasting Eyeliner – Pencil, Liquid, and Gel

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Find the longest lasting eyeliner brands. Let us guide you in choosing a good long lasting eyeliner also known as long-wearing as well as a few tips.

Sometimes it feels like you just cannot win with any liner. You get a great color, easy to apply, gives a perfect result but starts smudging the minute you walk out of the house or wears off before you are done with the day. Frustrating right? Yeah, we were there too, until we figured out that the key is long lasting or long wearing eyeliner.

Long lasting eyeliner - Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner looks
Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner looks

Now before you run off to pick the first eyeliner that promised to last on the pack, let’s just tell you that many promises but few actually deliver. We and we are guessing you too if you are here reading this article have been sorely disappointed by a brand that promised to stay all day but barely made it to lunch.

Read on for the favorite picks by online reviews, best-rated products and clever tips on making it last on an oily skin.

The best long lasting eyeliner

You have main three options when it comes to eyeliners. Pencil liner, liquid, and gel. Gel and liquid are for those precise looks like wing or cat eye while the pencil is the best for less defined looks like the smudgy smokey eye.

Whatever look you go for, you want it to stay till you want it off at the end of the day.

For liquid and gel, you can count on it staying on if it is smudge proof and waterproof. It should also go on easily on your skin and not crack when dry.

For pencil and kohl/kajal eyeliner, you want one that does not melt or rub off before you are done rocking that smokey eye.

Sephora Collection Retractable – Waterproof

According to Stylecaster, Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner scores a straight A for longevity. The writer who reviewed it said, “Not only did it survive through sweat and water, but it was easy to apply and remove.” This would make it one of the long wear brands you can try especially if you have to deal with hot weather and or lead an active lifestyle.

Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner
Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof

Stila All Day Waterproof – Liquid

Long lasting eyeliner - Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof

Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid also gets a good rap on several sources including goodhousekeeping.com where people who tested the product said it “didn’t smudge or smear when wet, and testers gave it high marks for defining their eyes and lasting all day.”

Other good long wearing brands

Huffington post recommends Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel. Revlon Colorstay liquid, Almay Amazing Lasting 16 Hour, and Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner made it to the overall six best brands at reviews.com. You can begin your perfect long lasting liner search from these highly recommended ones.

NYX Retractable is also a good eyeliner and one of its strong points is long wear. If you are willing to spend the extra dollars, Nars Larger than Life Long-Wear is a good brand that is known for being long lasting too.

Trick, tips, and secret to long-lasting liquid eyeliner

Thank god how long your eyeliner stays on is not entirely dependent on the performance of the brand you go with. There are some additional tricks and tips to help your it stay longer.

For liquid brands, try dabbing on some powder over the first layer then apply one or two more coats. The powder will help hold it in place all day and the layered eyeliner lasts more than a single layer line. Hacks shared by buzzfeed.com say “concealer keeps eyeliner in place all day.”  “Using a brush, dab and blend concealer directly under your lash line.”

If you have oily skin, chances are you have oily eyelids and even the longest lasting brand has a tough time staying put for more than a couple of hours.

A trick for keeping eyeliner on oily lids is making eye makeup primer a part of your makeup routine. You can couple this with a good long wear liquid and a dab of powder/ eyeshadow between its layers.

We also got this tip that we haven’t tried but think is worth a shot. “Freeze your eyeliner in the fridge for 10 min before applying. This way, the line you create is crisp and the eyeliner doesn’t melt in your eyes throughout the day since some eyeliners are made mostly of wax.”

Good long lasting liquid brands

Since flawless makeup all starts with selecting a good product, here are some suggestions of the best long lasting liquid eyeliners. Elle.com love Yves Saint Laurent,  Effect Faux Cils Shocking. “Rich, intense, waterproof; this ultra-fine black liner pen lasts forever, but slides off easily at the end of the night with a swipe of eye makeup remover.”

Stila All Day Waterproof is one of the best liquid eyeliners. You can also try Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Liquid, L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid. Revlon Colorstay and Almay also have long-lasting liquid brands.

Long Lasting Pencil liners

Pencil eyeliners are great for looks that require smudging and also for going on the waterline. They are also much easier to apply, compared to liquid ones.

A long-lasting eye pencil should be waterproof first of all to be able to stay put on your waterline. The best long lasting brand should also be easy to apply but does not rub off that easily unless you are really trying to wipe it off.

For those with sensitive eyes, a good pencil liner should not irritate your eyes or the skin around them. Look out for nonirritant organic ingredients like natural oils in your favorite brand.

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting

This brand from Channel seems to get a good rap online for its delivery of intense pigment, precise line, easy glide and staying power. Take this glowing review from beauty blogger Karen at makeupandbeautyblog.com “Unlike many creamy kohls, though, which scoot around on your eyes throughout the day, these don’t move AT ALL once they’ve completely dried down, which take about five minutes, and that allows for plenty of time to smudge and play.”  Because it also got you on the waterproof front.

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner Pencil
Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting

This could be one of the longest lasting brand that comes in pencils you can find.

Urban decays 24/7 Glide on Pencil

Long wear eyeliner - Urban Decay 24 7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24 7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban decays 24/7 Glide on is a great long lasting pencil brand according to reviews.com. “This eyeliner is the top choice for waterproof, waterline and pencil eyeliners.” It probably has the widest range of colors of all pencil liners so there is definitely something to suit everyone.

Eyeko Making Eyes Automatic Gel

Eyeko Making Eyes Automatic Gel is also a long-lasting waterproof brand you can use.

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