Finding a pencil eyeliner that will stay on all day does not have to be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Here are your best waterproof options.

When you are looking for the best of the best, it seems everyone has an opinion. Here are those opinions and reviews averaged out and broken down to give you the best of the best when it comes to waterproof pencil eyeliner. Most reviewers agree though, that if these two options don’t work for you, don’t give up, just keep trying other similar options until you find the one that is perfect for you.

Best Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner

Urban Decay 24/7 pencil eyeliners are some of the best of the best when it comes to waterproof pencil eyeliners. With a color range wider than most any other brand listed here, the 24/7 pencils offer variety and quality. These pencil eyeliners are also one of the products that have been around the longest among the best ones available, so they have many fans that keep coming back for more.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes pencils are a newer option available for makeup fans and these newer pencils are getting rave reviews. Users describe the formula as gliding easier than other competitors’ products. Users also say that these pencils stay on exceptionally well, but you do not need to tug or pull to remove the product at the end of the day.

These pencils perform much better than drug store brands when you compare reviews of the products. When it comes down to the longevity of wear and the ease of removal these two are hard to beat.

What Makes Pencil Eyeliner Waterproof?

The ingredient most often used to make pencil eyeliners waterproof is wax. This is why tears and water do not affect the product. It is a true balancing act, to formulate a pencil eyeliner that offers enough pigment, but also enough of the waxes and other ingredients that hold the liner to your skin. Using too much of one ingredient or the other makes for an awful eyeliner. If you consider the challenge in creating such a product, it can explain some of the reasons why a high quality, well-reviewed pencil eyeliner from a department or specialty store can cost $18 or more.

How Should You Remove Waterproof Eyeliner?

The skin of your eye area is very sensitive and is up to 50 times thinner than your other skin. This means you need to be very gentle and careful both in choosing a waterproof eye makeup remover and in using that remover. If you have sensitive eyes, there are removers made just for you, like The Body Shop Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover and Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes. Both of these are creamy products that you can very gently massage into the eyelid then remove with water or a tissue.

If you do not need a product just for sensitive eyes, look for bestsellers like Lancôme Bi-Facil or L’Oreal Paris Clean Artiste Eye Makeup Remover. When you hold these products up to the light, you will notice that they are separated because there is oil in the remover. Make sure you shake them well before putting some of the remover on a cotton ball or tissue and then using it to remove your waterproof eye makeup.