Over the years, drugstore makeup brands have delivered many holy grail products. And when it comes to a staple product such as eyeliner, the affordable ones you find in drugstores are your best bet. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, it is crucial to work with an applicator that is comfortable and easy to use.
When it comes to finding the perfect eyeliner, it is crucial to weigh in what liner style you prefer—smudged, smoked, or precise—so you choose the liner with the tip suited for you. However, I think we can all agree that no matter the weather or our plans for the day, we want the liner to stay put for a long time. There’s where liners with waterproof formals come in.
There is nothing more disappointing than your masterpiece of a liner smudging or bleeding out throughout the day, especially considering how much dedication it requires to perfect. We have listed below the best waterproof drugstore eyeliners with different textures and tip shapes to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Epic Ink Liner
This liner has a flexible ultra-precise tip that is really easy to use. It delivers a defined finish with every fluid stroke. This liner is extremely black and opaque and the tip is quite thin so you can get wings as sharp as a sword. Whatever look you are going for—fine and natural or broad and bold— you can easily control the thickness of your lines by pressing down just a touch. This liner does not transfer, smudge or fade away. You never have to worry about raccoon eyes since it is waterproof. Bottom line, for its affordable price this is overall the best waterproof liquid eyeliner.
Essence Eyeliner Pen Waterproof
This liner has a thin felt tip that applies easily and does not bleed or smudge. You will be able to achieve an accurate liner that is waterproof without the stain effect. The tip of the pen is not too flimsy and it is really easy to glide across the lash line. The pen is also long-lasting and dries down to a matte finish. The pen ink itself doesn't dry out quickly so that you have to keep repurchasing it. For its affordable price, this is easily one of the best drugstore waterproof liquid eyeliner.
Maybelline New York Makeup Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner
Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner delivers intense color that lasts all day for natural or dramatic eye makeup looks. It is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers since it is extremely smooth. It stays locked all day and is easy to apply. The brush makes it easy to draw straight lines. Unlike with liquid eyeliners, with this one, you have total control over intensity so you can make it really dark or less intense for every-day makeup.
Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner
With a self-sharpening tip and a smudge-resistant, waterproof formula, this mechanical eye pencil allows absolute control and precise definition. It goes on very smoothly for a nice, clean look. It also goes on smooth over eyeshadow without smudging or flaking and it keeps color on for 14+ hours. If you need a liner that you won’t have to sharpen, that responds the moment you press it on your lid and that requires minimal work, this one is for you. Besides the black color, it also comes in beautiful green and blue shades and a warm brown if you want a softer look
Neutrogena Precision Liquid Eyeliner with Honey & Coconut
This liner is highly pigmented and water-resistant for solid, defined lines that do not melt or crack. The precise eyeliner glides smoothly for fast and easy application which helps to create dramatic lines that are effortless, clear and clean. The smudge-resistant eyeliner is formulated with natural honey and coconut and is quick-drying and long-lasting. This black eyeliner has a perfect consistency and is also hypoallergenic and gentle on sensitive eyes.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eye Liner Pencil
This pencil has the darkest black color that you would get from a liquid eyeliner. It is highly pigmented so one can easily have a desired dark effect without applying too much. With its creamy, buttery formula, it glides across your eyelids very smoothly. You will never have to worry about the tip of the liner breaking off even if you put pressure on the tip. This is the perfect kajal kohl liner that stays on all through the day once applied and it is also easy to remove too. It is a go-to for the upper and lower waterline and also for smudging out a smokey eye.
Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer
This liner comes in intensely pigmented shades that give a creamy-matte to a high metallic finish. With its waterproof and color-intense formula, you can achieve high precision lines that last up to 10 hours. It has a retractable tip with a built-in smudger that helps create a smokey eye. It comes in other shades than black if you want to do something fun with your makeup. If you have oily eyelids this works best since it is waterproof and the formula is so soft and smooth.