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If the Winter Wind Makes You Tear Up, You’ll Need To Get Your Hands on These No-Budge Eyeliners

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Come wintertime, we ask a lot of eyeliner. Not only should it provide definition to any look we’re going for but it must stay put— no feathering or running—even with whipping winds, snow flurries, and watering eyes.

That’s why we’ve saved you the time and expense of eyeliner trial and error. The criteria was tough: They had to glide on easily, be able to provide versatile makeup looks, and hold up to wild winter weather without leaving a streaky mess on our faces. Whether you’re going for a full-on ‘60s cat eye with a waterproof liquid liner, or a smudgy, smokey look with a pencil, scroll on for five of our favorite winter-proof eyeliners that we know you’ll love, too.


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The best eyeliners for brutally cold weather

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner — $24.00

Confidently wing out with this Tarte eyeliner, which gives you the best of both eyeliner-y worlds in one pencil. It features an Amazonian clay-infused gel pencil on one side, and a liquid eyeliner on the other (which goes on glossy, then dries to a semi-matte, opaque finish), for a line that won’t budge, no matter the look you’re going for. Bonus: They leave out all yucky ingredients, like parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate, too.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner — $22.00

Whether you’re going for thin and subtle, or thick and dramatic, reach for this waterproof Stila formula. It glides on easily, then dries quickly, so you don’t have to worry about smudging it before you even walk out the door. Its marker-like tip is a breeze to use, too, even for those of us with unsteady hands.

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Maybelline Eyeliner Define-a-Line Express Black — $5.00

If you’re more of an occasional eyeliner-er, and not enough of an aficionado to throw down serious $$$ on a pencil, opt for this affordable Maybelline option. It’s created with a creamy formula and includes a built-in smudge tool, so you can choose if you want a defined look, or a perfectly imperfect smoky style, all for the cost of a latte.

ILIA Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express — $28.00

Is there anything sexier than a swipe of liquid liner? (We think not.) Nab one of these ILIA liners, made with a finely pointed felt tip, which you can hold straight for a thin line or on an angle for a bold cat eye. It’s water-resistant—a must in the windy winter—that won’t smudge, feather, or run.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Midnight In Paris — $13.00

If you’re a makeup minimalist and want one eyeliner to get you through both everyday routines and out-on-the-town glam looks, this is the one. It lies somewhere in the middle of a gel and a pencil, with a built-in sharpener that keeps your lines precise. (Or, you can smudge it immediately to create a smokey eye.) It also promises 12-hour waterproof wear, perfect to get you through the winter wind.

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