Long-Wear Makeup: Excellent Eyeliners that Beat the Heat

by Sonja on July 17, 2009

Warm summer weather has a way of melting makeup. One minute it’s there, the next minute where’d it go? If you want makeup to last all day, it’s key to use long-wear formulas, so for my next few posts I’m going to focus on my favorite long-wear makeup. Today the spotlight is on eyeliner.

Eye makeup is especially tricky, since eyes are always moving all about so it’s easy for makeup to slide around. Regular liners easily fade away through the day in any kind of weather. The situation only gets worse when it’s warm. Luckily, there are a variety of liners that last from morning to night. Here are my favorites that I use all the time. Many have waterproof formulas so feel free to wear them and frolick in the water this summer.


Pencils tend to be the easiest to use, since there’s no brush needed.

This spring Benefit introduced the fantastic BADgal liner waterproof ($20). This is a follow-up to the popular BADgal liner but features a waterproof formula in a thinner pencil for more precise lining with a smudger conveniently located at one end. This gives a super sexy look with its “extra black” formula that glides on with ease and truly stays put.  It’s an instant classic that’s already won a 2009 Self magazine beauty award.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil ($16) is another excellent waterproof pencil. The formula is especially soft and creamy but dries down after about 30 seconds so it won’t slide all over the place. This comes in a wide variety of heavily pigmented colors – from your basic black to tropical shades to sleek metallics. The pencils feature 50% moisturizing ingredients, including jojoba oil, vitamin E, and cottonseed oil to condition skin. Flipside (shown in pic) is a bright teal that’s brilliant for getting colorful in summer.

Gel and Cream Liners

To get a more precise line, I turn to a smooth, creamy gel liner and a fine-tip brush. I know many women opt for liquid liners. But I find gel liners are much easier to apply while giving the same level of precision and no flaking. I regularly use shu uemura painting liner ($24) and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($21).

shu uemura painting liner was introduced this summer. The formula is waterproof and smudge-proof. I love M brown. This super dark brown is a great alternative to black. It gives a softer look that’s still dramatic. Painting liners come in a fun, vivid range of shades, including hard-to-find colors like white, gold, silver, and vivid green and blue (shown at left). Shades can also be blended together so you can really get creative.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is an award-winning best seller that many women swear by. I’m a big fan of the shade Chocolate Shimmer Ink, which is a dark brown with a golden shimmer and sparkle. Bobbi also just came out with a very rich black brown called Caviar Ink, part of the new Nude Collection I’ll be doing a feature on soon.

Another wonderful choice is a cream formula. New Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner Duos ($25) can be used as both an all-over shadow and liner. These have a cream formula that won’t crease or fade. They go on evenly and smoothly, and are especially good for creating a smoky, smudged line. I like that they’re housed in mirrored compacts so they work well on the go. The makeup also stays fresh longer since they have new air-tight lids. There are four duos, each with two coordinating shades. My fave is Cashmere, which includes a shimmery, golden nude and a shimmery, sparkly bronze brown (shown in the photo).

Pro Tips

When applying these liners, try not to blink. Give the liner a chance to dry so it can set properly and stay where you want it. If you flub, just use a Q-tip with a bit of eye makeup remover. Be sure to put caps and lids on tightly to help the makeup from drying out.

Next Up

Next I’ll be sharing my favorite long-wear eye shadows and primers that make any shadow last longer.

Do Tell

Do you have trouble with eyeliner staying in place? Do you prefer pencils, gel liners, or cream shadow liners? Do you use any of the ones I listed? Do tell.

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1 anne July 17, 2009 at 2:32 am

this is just what i need, yay! :) after sporting the new panda-eye look yesterday! /@_@\ Great post lovely!
♥ bobbi brown sounds cool x
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2 nae July 17, 2009 at 3:18 am

I’ve got the Bobbi Brown eyeliner and I love it - i’ll be using it for my wedding to try and avoid the panda eye! The only thing is, if you apply it to your lower lid it is a NIGHTMARE to get off again!
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3 Leia July 17, 2009 at 3:30 am

I use the Bad Gal liner and love it!

4 maria July 17, 2009 at 7:53 am

Sonja, Thanks so much for this post!! I’ve been have this problem everyday since the temperature rose.
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5 Tami - fête à fête July 17, 2009 at 10:00 am

another fab post. i gotta try the benefit and bobbi brown ones!
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6 Sonja July 17, 2009 at 11:32 am

❤ anne, oh no! That’s the worst. I just hate when that happens. I only use these liners from now on regardless of the weather.
❤ nae, isn’t it the best! And indeed perfect for a wedding. Congrats! Have fun on your big day! Good point about the lower line. I do have to be extra careful there. I find that a long-wear cream shadow or one of the pencils work better there.
❤ maria, you’re very welcome. These liners will definitely solve that problem. They’re great!
❤ Tami, thank you! You definitely should try them. You will love them!

7 Sal July 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Ahhhh, love it. When I actually WEAR eyeliner it takes about 15 seconds before it starts sliding around. I’ll have to invest in something a little less … chintzy. ;)
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8 Sonja July 17, 2009 at 4:55 pm

❤ Sal, I had that problem too until I started using these. They are SO much better!

9 Nikki July 18, 2009 at 6:45 am

Ahh I have trouble with eyeliners as I’ve Asian hidden single-lid eyes - don’t get me wrong I love them but they cause my makeup to smudge awfully easily!! Can’t wait to see what primers you recommend!
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