I test a lot of waterproof eyeliner, and while some of it's nothing to write home about, the majority do a relatively good job. However, not all of the products I test are as gentle as Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner ($22). This stuff is so non-irritating that I couldn't even feel it on. I'm fairly certain that even though I wear contacts and have sensitive eyes, I could poke myself in the cornea with some of it and not notice. It's also a lot less weird-ingredient heavy than a lot of liners out there, although not entirely natural. It wears just as well, in my opinion, as my beloved Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils ($17) and Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes ($17), and I like the cream formula because it allows you a lighter, more subtle application. My only qualm is with the price—it's a little up there, and comparable products from other brands are about five dollars less. However, if you're looking for something waterproof and you've got sensitive eyes, I'd say it's a good option.
Cream eye liners are the answer for anyone who has trouble drawing a straight line with an eyeliner pencil. You can apply the creams with a flat make-up brush, and they come in a cream or a gel form that dries quickly and lasts all day. Here are four of my favorite brands.
Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner gives you deep, dark smoky eyes. This long-wearing, waterproof liner can be smudged while wet to create a super dramatic effect. Buy it here for $14.50. Available in black honey, true black, smoke grey, and deep brown.
The Smashbox Proof Cream Eyeliner Palette is the best way to sample 12 hot creme eye liner colors at once, including Midnight Green, Deep Bronze, and one called Lava. To use, apply a thin line at your lash line and then gradually increase thickness by the outer corners. This can also be smudged for a smoky look. Buy it here for $32.
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