I Swam, Sunbathed, and Sweated Through 11 "Waterproof" Eyeliners—These Came Out on Top

I used to wear eyeliner all the time—almost five days a week. That was before I lived in Austin, Texas. There, the summer heat is oppressive. (I'm talking upward of 110ºF in early May.) Suddenly, my old standby eyeliners were failing me. I'd apply them in the early morning only to see smudging, running, fading, and feathering a few hours later. I decided no eyeliner was better than messy-looking eyeliner, so I pretty much quit it cold turkey.

Now, I live in the Midwest, and even though it's slightly cooler here compared to Texas, I'm still experiencing a hot, humid summer. Despite this, I'm officially sick of going eyeliner-less, so I decided to open up my arsenal of waterproof formulas and put them to the ultimate test. I swam in the Great Lakes. I sunbathed for hours on the sand. I even sweated through long jogs and heavy workouts in the gym. My goal was to find out which eyeliners were worthy of the coveted "waterproof" title. Ahead, see the 11 winning formulas that worked for me.

Beauty editor Kaitlyn McLintock at the beach wearing black eyeliner on her waterline

For proof, here I am at the beach wearing Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner on my waterline.

(Image credit: @kaitlyn_mclintock)

Best Overall: Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner

Best Affordable: ColourPop BFF Crème Gel Liner

Best Liquid Formula: One/Size Point Made Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen

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Kaitlyn McLintock
Associate Beauty Editor

Kaitlyn McLintock is an Associate Beauty Editor at Who What Wear. Although she covers a wide range of topics across a variety of categories, she specializes in celebrity interviews and skincare and wellness content. Having lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, she recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan where she works remotely. Prior to Who What Wear, she freelanced for a variety of industry-leading digital publications, including InStyle, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Coveteur. Before that, she held a long-term internship and subsequent contributor position at Byrdie. When she's not writing, researching, or testing the latest and greatest beauty products, she's working her way through an ever-growing book collection, swimming in the Great Lakes, or spending time with family.