I am someone who loves – LOVES – black eyeliner. Actually, scratch that. I love eyeliner in any color it comes in. Heavily-lined eyes makes me feel much more rocker sexy than the kewpie doll look that typically comes from my features: extremely large, round eyes and bubble-like features. I’m possibly scarred for life from multiple relatives pinching my cheeks like Gary Coleman from Diff’rent Strokes at a kid.
Whatever. It’s nothing that a few trips to the therapist can’t cure, I guess.
I am also a person who loves her contact lenses. I am brand loyal – ACUVUE TruEye Daily Lenses, the Holy Grail of contacts– and I love them more than life itself. Why won’t I get LASIK surgery, you ask? Because I AM SCARED of sharp objects. If it took me two decades to get comfortable putting a plastic lens in my eye, you can imagine the terror and heavy medication it would take for me to let someone put a SCALPEL and a laser near my eye. That’s a negative, Ghost Rider. Permission to approach the tower is denied. The pattern is full.
Unlike Reese’s Cups, these two things do not always go well together. I have notoriously flat eyelids and if there’s a glimmer of slip to the liner, it makes its way into my eye and blinds me within an hour of application. It doesn’t matter WHERE I put eyeliner, it just slides up or down into my eye. Give it up? No ma’am. I’ve just done the leg work and ruined a good few boxes of lenses so that I can tell you which eyeliners don’t mess with your ability to give good lens. This will also be relief for those of you with sensitive eyes or who just need good stay-put eyeliners. Here are the best of the best:
SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner – I purchase these liners three at a time. They are a million dollar creation at a fraction of the cost. Apply, smudge quickly and then worry no more. I have YET to have these liners run, crack, fall or otherwise migrate into my eye, even when applying on the waterline. Behold the love, contact wearers.
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Liner Waterproof – Another gold standard and an amazing product. It doesn’t smudge, and it won’t ruin your lenses or temporarily blind you. It also creates a STUPID GOOD smoky eye. The smudge tip is perfection. Then again, has Benefit ever made a product that isn’t Hall of Fame-worthy?
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner – It doesn’t have to say waterproof, because the Aqua Eyes liners are everything they promise to be: waterproof, smudge-proof and fade-proof. These Little Pencils of Wonder go on, blend beautifully and stay put. The name says it all: creator Dany Sanz created the liners for performers of water ballet.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – If you’re going for a cat eye, this is the ultimate tool in my opinion. It also won’t run, fade, smudge or blind you. The pen tip makes application a dream come true and the formula is gentle enough for waterline action. Meow, baby.
Lancome Design Calligraphy Long Wear Gel Eyeliner – This is truly the Pot of Gold at the end of the beauty rainbow. The formula is applied with a makeup brush (or a very steady finger if you’re Rembrandt) and can create a multitude of looks from a cat eye to a rocker glam kind of look. It is also smudge-proof and waterproof once it dries. Give it 10 seconds to set after working it to perfection and worry no more.
Go forth, sensitive eye mavens, contact lens fans and lovers of all things liner! Your worries are no more!