As a highly emotional being who seldom has their shit together and tends to get overwhelmed, I’m partial to having a “moment” or two on a monthly basis. Feeling delicate? Regularly. Having a silent weep on my journey home? Occasionally, I won’t lie. An unintentional sharp comment during a particularly fragile week can send me over the edge, clutching tissues and seeking solace in an empty bathroom cubicle. As you may have guessed, this isn’t the best for maintaining a makeup look throughout the day. But after I pat my eyes dry and cover my inevitable cheek redness that comes with a good sob, there’s one thing I always hope to see intact: an enduring slick of black eyeliner. As frivolous as it may sound, I’ve made it my mission to scope out the best reliably tear-proof products that can handle even the most hardcore of crying seasons. Read on for my favourite cry-proof liquid eyeliners on the market.
It Cosmetics Superhero Liquid Eyeliner Pen
True to its name, It Cosmetics’ Superhero Eyeliner saves the day by ensuring that your makeup stays on point, despite whatever a stressful Monday morning throws at you. The formula featured not only a super rich “triple black pigment complex” for a super intense, highly-pigmented look, but it’s also enriched with a pretty impressive lineup of peptides, collagen, biotin and keratin, which justifies the slightly higher price point.
Uoma Beauty Afro.Dis.Iac Cleopatra Ink Liquid Eyeliner
Outside of the brilliant name, Uoma Beauty’s offering features an ultra-thin tip that makes it easy to pack in their intense, smudge-proof pigment right up to your lash line. The water resistant, smudge-proof formula stays looking immaculate all day and evening — even through a little PMS sob during the last 10 minutes of The Sound Of Metal. A real winner.
Pat McGrath Labs Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner
All hail the mothership — Pat McGrath nails it every time, and the brand’s first liquid liner is no exception. This intense, vinyl-effect formula boasts 24-hour wear in hot and humid climates, which means that it works a charm for mid-afternoon angst too!
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Waterproof Ultra-Fine Liquid Eyeliner
It’s easy to see how this liner has reached holy grail status — over 200 5-star reviews don’t lie! Truly, this formula rivals others three times the price. The ultra-fine tip allows for optimum precision to create foolproof flicks that cling to lids and don’t budge — even after that little weep I had after I discovered that most of my clothes no longer fit me after 4 months of lockdown.
NYX Professional Epic Ink Waterproof Liquid Liner
This drugstore classic will run you only $9, but it’s not just the price that’s good. The super flexible slender tip enables quick, foolproof flicks that withstand sweat, tears, and full on emotional breakdowns. Oh, and did we mention that it also comes in a vegan formula?