In the scorching, sweaty Singapore heat, you need a melt-proof eyeliner to keep those panda eyes at bay.
As self-proclaimed eyeliner aficionados, it’s safe to say we’ve gone through enough eyeliners to last us a lifetime. Some had us dreading rainy days and praying long and hard to the eyeliner gods – to no avail. But it’s a happy ending as we’ve sussed out the crème de la crème that are waterproof, smudge-proof and Singapore-proof. Add these pencil, gel and liquid liners to your next beauty buy ‘cos life’s too short for smudgy eyeliner.
For some of us, our daily makeup routine is simple – Concealer, eyeliner, setting powder, and we’re ready to go. So it’s crucial that our eyeliner has to feature the trifecta: It needs to be waterproof, smudge-proof and have an intense black colour that’ll stand out. Enter Solos’ liquid liner. This product is the perfect dupe for all your liquid eyeliner needs. Extra points for the vegan and halal-certified formula. Oh, and did we mention it’s only $8? What a steal. The liners come in regular and micro-size. Go for the latter if you like more control.
Solos Cosmetics MyLiner Felt Black Liquid Eyeliner, $8, available online.
K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Strong 24H Eyeliner Waterproof
This is a top-seller in Japan, and with good reason. The rich and long-lasting piece goes on just right, leaving you with an impressive cat eye all day. It does have the word ‘tattoo’ in its name after all.
K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Strong 24H Eyeliner Waterproof, $17.50, available at Watsons and Guardian stores and online.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner
This gel pot eyeliner that comes in crayon form is totally waterproof and glides on smoothly across the upper and lower lashline. Perfect applicator aside, this gem has 20 poppin’ colours for you to pick from. Jazz up your look with metallic or matte colours. It’s also got vitamin E and rosa canina seed extract to soothe, soften, and protect the delicate skin around your peepers.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, $39, available at Sephora and online.
Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner
Fenty Beauty does it again with a smudge-free eyeliner pencil for your best lines. Whether you’re pimping your lids with vibrant colours or adding drama to your overall look, these offer great colour payoff. We particularly love the Lady Lagoon shade of electric blue.
Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner, $33, available at Sephora and online.
Sephora Collection Retract Waterproof Eyeliner
If you’re looking for an affordable option, the Sephora Collection’s Retract Waterproof Eyeliner is your go-to. The matte black colour is an ultimate hit but if you’re looking for stunning shades of purple, cobalt, teal and taupe, there’s a humble range you can select from. Turn it into a seamless smokey eye with the blending tip.
Sephora Collection Retract Waterproof Eyeliner, $18, available at Sephora and online.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Aced the liner game? Take it to the next level with a pot and brush for a sharp wing look. If you’re seeking more control, Bobbi Brown’s highly pigmented gel liner is smudge-proof, humidity-resistant and waterproof. It also dries quickly so you can move on to the rest of your makeup routine.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $48, available at iShopChangi, Sephora and Bobbi Brown counters islandwide.
Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Superkeep
It’s easy to find an eyeliner that’s Singapore-proof. But when it comes to a pigmented formula, there aren’t many that deliver. We were pleasantly surprised with Heroine Make’s jet black colour. It’s so intense, you’re left with a vibrant look in just one stroke.
Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Superkeep, $18.90, available at Watsons and Guardian stores, Shopee and online.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Crème Color
Another pot that won’t budge even with oily eyelids and all, is Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Waterproof Crème Color. Use with an angled brush for a precise application, and don’t limit yourself to the usual wing liner look. Thanks to the rich gel-like formula, you can update your lids with dramatic designs.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Crème Color, $35, available at Sephora and online.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Our writer stumbled upon this holy grail during a Bangkok trip with a girlfriend and was shocked that her eyeliner didn’t budge even after a long, sweaty day. Safe to say it set her eyeliner standards high. The paraben and sulfate-free formula glides on with ease and the fine marker-like tip will leave you with defined wings. Definitely a makeup bag staple.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (Intense black), $32, available at Sephora.
Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner
We all rejoiced when Queen RiRi launched her iconic makeup line of 40 foundation shades (forcing others to follow suit), but we were secretly hoping for an eyeliner. At last, we got the water-resistant Flyliner longwear liquid eyeliner. Firstly, the packaging is A plus – a chic rose gold tube with a triangle shape liner that’s easy to hold. The hyper-saturated colour is great for all skin tones and together with the tapered precision point, there’s no limit to your lining.
Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner, $33, available at Sephora.
KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner and Dagger Tattoo Liner
Personally, the trooper black colour could do with more intensity but the popular fade-proof, budge-proof and smudge-proof eyeliner formula won us over. Unlike your average felt tip liners, the brush tip will not fray (is there anything worse?), meaning you’ll deliver consistently fluid lines. The dagger liner has the same smudge-proof formula but with a precision tip that features a 30-degree slat. Eyeliner novices, this innovative liner pen will make you feel like a pro makeup artist!
KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner and Dagger Tattoo Liner, $32 (both eyeliners), available at Sephora.
Tarte Tartiest Double Take Eyeliner
Firstly, major props to the smart two-in-one liquid-pencil packaging. It makes lazy folks like us to actually want to fill in those spaces between the lash line and inner rim – you can also afford to skip mascara! This sits high on the list for its intense black colour (plus, there’s a brown shade!) with a thicker and firmer tip, so you have more control of your wing. The velvety-smooth pencil liner glides smoothly on the lid, so you can easily create a smokey-eye look that lasts.
Tarte Tartiest Double Take Eyeliner, $37, available at Sephora.