From your first look to your ceremony vows, there will be endless moments throughout your wedding day when you just might shed a tear—if not full-on waterworks. You’ve prepared for the inevitable with waterproof mascara, but in order to preserve that perfect bridal makeup look, take your in-case-of-tears insurance policy a step further by swapping out your regular eyeliner with a waterproof formula. “A wedding day requires makeup that is going to stay put and often withstand some happy tears,” says celebrity makeup artist Erin B. Guth. “Waterproof eyeliner is indispensable.”
Whether you want to keep a dramatic wing intact or prevent a smoky eye from turning into a black eye, there is a long-lasting formula for all your wedding-day beauty needs. From pencils to gels to liquids, here are some top makeup artists' go-tos for waterproof eyeliner.
Hourglass Cosmetics 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
Given its name from the 1.5 MM mechanical pencil, this gel eyeliner is perfect for a long-lasting look and achieving clean lines. “The waterproof formula goes on smoothly without tugging and withstands transferring,” Guth says. “What makes this pencil unique is that it has the staying power and rich pigment of a gel liner, but it's a mechanical fine tip pencil that delivers a precise application. No brush is needed! And it truly doesn't move once it is applied.”
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $24
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
The bride who might be a little rushed in her bridal suite won’t have to worry about fussing with a formula that's difficult to apply. This Stila waterproof liner glides on easily, and the formula dries almost instantly. Ashlee Glazer, makeup artist to Rachel Zoe and Rachel Roy said the felt tip makes it easy to get a precise line. Her pro tip? She loves connecting the dots between the lashes for the illusion of thick full lashes.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $29
Laura Geller Kajal Eyeliner
If you want a bold, bridal smoky eye, this liner is your new BFF. The vitamin-E formula is infused with pigments that ensure its staying power, and the creamy-yet-waterproof result is perfect for a smudged shadow effect according to Glazer, who is also the global artistic director for Laura Geller Beauty. “This way, you get the softness of an eyeshadow, but the longevity of the kajal’s waterproof ingredients,” she explains.
SHOP NOW: Laura Geller, $22
Kat Von D Ink Liner
Kat Von D knows exactly how to make something permanent, so it’s no surprise that her Ink Liner can last up to 24 hours—but that’s not all that makes it rave-worthy. For Amber Dreadon, a makeup pro whose clients include Tinashe, Lorde, and Rita Ora, it doesn’t get much better than this. “I love this liquid liner as it has a really smooth applicator with a small tip, so it’s a breeze getting a clean liner application,” she says. “There is a cool range of shades and it will stay in place, as it’s totally smudge- and water-proof.”
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $27.50
MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Eyeliner
Another favorite of Dreadon’s is this MAC liner. “The beauty of this pencil is that you have a little time to blend out the edges before it sets, and it’s long-wearing and tear-resistant,” she says. The water-resistant formula is particularly perfect for your waterline!
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $22
Maybelline Master Drama by Eyestudio Eye Liner
For a softer look, a cream liner will be your best bet. Dreadon says this Maybelline staple won’t budge. She uses it as a blended liner with black eyeshadow for a deep tone that defines, but won’t look as graphic as a liquid liner. Consider us sold.
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Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner
If you're preparing for some serious waterworks on your big day, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Whether you're sweating at your beach wedding or get caught in an unexpected good-luck rain shower, Frank Guyton, makeup artist to celebs like Nia Long and Eve, promises that this Make Up For Ever formula will stay in place. “It’s by far the best smudge-proof, sweat-proof, waterproof eyeliner on the market,” he says. “Wherever you put it, it will not move.” Guyton recommends pairing the eyeliner with the brand’s cream pigments to complete the look. (This item is no longer in stock—we suggest Make Up For Ever's Aqua XL Ink Liner as a similar replacement.)
SHOP NOW: Make Up For Ever, $24
Maybelline Expert Wear Brow & Eyeliner Pencil
For a budget-friendly option that won’t disappoint, Guyton recommends this Maybelline pencil whose staying power can rival even its high-end competitors. He says, “The formula is superior when it comes to smudge-proof or waterproof.” (This item is no longer in stock—we suggest Maybelline's Expert Wear Twin Brow & Eye Pencils as a similar replacement.)
SHOP NOW: Target, $2.99