After you've spent a long time on your makeup, the last thing you want to see is any smudging, fading, or flaking. Nope, I don't want to see it—except maybe at the end of the night when I'm heading home. Then I'll give it a pass because it's less makeup to take off when I'm washing my face before bed, right?
Now, I don't think I need to tell you that making sure your makeup has major staying power depends on the products you're using. Primers, setting sprays, and setting powders all come in handy. Formulas that are labeled "long-lasting" can help (if chosen wisely since labels can lie). And when in doubt, go waterproof.
Case in point: a waterproof eyeliner. Now, many of these can stand up to not only hours and hours of wear but also sweat and tears. When you're wearing some of these formulas, you can walk outside into a full blast of humidity, and your eyeliner will stay put like it's glued onto you. Are you convinced yet?
And because I know that many of us out there are budget-conscious (especially if you're trying out a new formula for the first time), I looked up some of the best drugstore waterproof eyeliners on the market. Hint: You won't have trouble finding the perfect one for yourself. Take a look at some of the best eyeliners below.
1. Nyx Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner
The ultra-precise, flexible tip on this liquid liner makes it easy to define your eyes. It leaves a matte-black finish.
2. L'Oréal Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
If you love the winged look, you're in luck here. This liquid eyeliner has a removable wing stencil to help you out.
3. Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner
Here's a classic pencil liner with long-lasting benefits (up to two hours to be exact). The formula is creamy, so it glides on easily. There's also a built-in sharpener and built-in smudger for blending.
4. Maybelline Hyper Easy Liquid Pen
My Who What Wear colleagues told me that this is the liquid liner to use if you're a newbie. It doesn't skip or slip, and the hexagonal shape of the pencil gives you a good, stable grip.
5. L'Oréal Infallible Never Fail Original Mechanical Eyeliner
The mechanical pencil eyeliner stays put for 16 hours and leaves intense, creamy color. It also has a built-in sharpener.
6. Physicians Formula Eye Booster Waterproof Ultra-Fine Liquid Eyeliner
This waterproof liquid eyeliner dries super quickly and provides an intense black color. It also contains a lash-boosting complex as an added bonus.
7. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eye Liner Pencil
I love a gel formula. And a gel formula that's extra long-lasting? Sign me up. It's smudge-proof, too.
8. Covergirl Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus Waterproof Eyeliner
This liner is like a super-fine ballpoint pen—you'll get a lot of precision here. It's a self-sharpening pencil, so think of it as less work for yourself.
9. E.l.f. Intense H2O Proof Eyeliner Pen
Both vegan and cruelty-free, E.l.f.'s liquid eyeliner pen is a quick-drying formula with a matte finish. The felt-tip pen makes it easy to create thin or thick lines depending on the look you want to go for.
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If you're going to buy something just because of the number of reviews it has on Amazon, it's got to be this mascara. It has over 260,000 reviews and 4.5 out of five stars. The product itself defines, separates, lengthens, and volumizes.
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For those who prefer a full-coverage foundation, look to this drugstore find. And although it's full coverage, it's lightweight and glides on so easily. And did I mention it lasts for up to 24 hours?
You don't have to worry about dried-out lips with this lip gloss. It's formulated with hyaluronic acid and will keep your lips feeling soft and looking full for 24 hours.
You could classify this mascara as a drugstore cult favorite—and for good reason. It's a volumizing and lengthening mascara that really makes your eyes pop.
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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.
In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).
She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.