The 20 best eye makeup products that won’t melt, according to the pros

Nothing makes your heart sink faster – at least in terms of beauty – than seeing a carefully thought out look start to smudge and run down your face within minutes of putting it on. To avoid such grief, you should turn to eye makeup that does not melt.

But before you dive into which products to use, you need to understand what causes makeup to melt. “There are so many reasons why makeup would break down throughout the day,” says Nick Lujan, Global Director of Art and Education for Kevyn Aucoin. Lujan lists oily skin, overly heavy skincare, too many layers of oil-based cosmetics, and long exposure to heat and humidity as some of the common ways eye makeup can work. . Luckily, it’s an easy fix, and there are a few things you can do to combat it.

Kate Synnott, celebrity makeup artist and beauty creative director for ROEN, suggests taking a look at your skincare first. Synnott says keeping skin clean and your routine simple will help keep eye makeup intact. (“Laying on too many products will cause it to slip,” she says).

Next, you’ll also want to research the right ingredients and formulas. “The toughest makeup products are silicone-based,” says celebrity makeup artist Jamie Dorman. “Silicone resists the separation of water from sweat and oil.” Dorman lists ingredients like dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclomethicone, cyclohexasiloxane, and cetearyl methicone as ones to watch out for if you want your makeup to stay put, and advises people with oily skin to apply a primer coat before foundation and eye makeup. with these same ingredients. You’ll also want to look for products labeled water resistant so sweat and oil won’t affect it too much.

To narrow down the best eye makeup products that don’t melt, we asked Lujan, Synnott, and Dorman to share their picks for makeup that stays. From eyeliner to mascara, check out the 20 products they picked below.

Eyeliner pencil

Lujan’s pick for best blend resistant pencil eyeliner is the Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Eye Definer. “It’s a self-sharpening, quick-drying, long-wearing pencil,” says Lujan. “I use it as an eyeliner in the waterline and as a base shadow for a smoky look.”

Eyeliner pencil

Synnott says pencil eyeliner can be a little trickier to make sweatproof, but some cream-gels can work wonders. Her go-to is the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil because it sets easily and doesn’t budge easily. It lasts up to 14 hours and you get a dewy, smudged texture perfect for a smoky eye you’ll want to last all night.

Gel liner

“[Gel liner] is the most versatile and can be used as an eye shadow or to create precision liner looks,” says Lujan. “There are many on the market, [but] the one I always come back to is the MAC Blacktrack Fluidline. It sits so well, promises 16 hour wear and is smudge resistant. Lujan recommends using an angled brush for a precise line.

Gel liner

Dorman says the Sephora Ultimate Gel Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil is the ultimate gel eyeliner. “[It’s the] perfect combination of ease of application, blendability and long-lasting once in place,” she says.

Gel liner

For Dorman, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner has been a longtime favorite of makeup artists. It is a highly-pigmented, transfer- and humidity-resistant gel-based formula with eight-hour wear.

liquid liner

Lujan’s favorite brand for waterproof, sweat-wicking liquid eyeliners is Make Up For Ever. “They are known for creating products used by the water ballet in Paris,” says Lujan. “Their latest release of liquid liner is called Aqua Resist and it comes in lots of fun shades.” The Aqua Resist also promises up to 24 hour wear and has a felt tip for precise application.

liquid liner

Dorman loves Westmore Wing Effects Liquid Eyeliner. “[It’s] a great sweat-wicking option as it dries and sets up for all-day wear. It has a fine felt tip for precise application and it’s super easy to line your eyes for that classic wing effect.

liquid liner

This waterproof liquid eyeliner has a super fine felt tip so you can easily line your eyes however you want. It goes on smooth and is virtually smudge-proof, making it perfect for when you want to rock a cat’s eye in the summer heat.

Powder Eye Shadow

Lujan loves Cozette’s shadows. These eye shadows contain micro-fine pigments which give excellent color payoff in a number of different finishes. Plus, all of the shades are super fun.

Powder Eye Shadow

If you’re more into palettes, try Lime Crime’s Prelude Exposed Eyeshadow Palette. “[It] lasts well due to its powerful pigment and silica which helps absorb moisture,” says Dorman.

Cream Eye Shadow

Most experts agree that a cream-formulated eye shadow will hold up better to sweat and humidity. This cream-to-powder shadow goes on so smooth with amazing color payoff. It’s also waterproof so it won’t fade and contains vitamins C and E to really nourish the skin.

liquid eye shadow

I – and many beauty lovers – can personally attest to how resilient this shade is. It’s packed with pigment and the prettiest glitter and shimmer you really need in one swipe to cover your lid. No matter how wet or sweaty I get, this shade stays put and is perfect for any summer adventure.

liquid eye shadow

This super pretty, shimmery liquid eye shadow is wrinkle and flake resistant. It’s non-greasy and dries fast enough that the color and glitter won’t transfer. The round applicator also facilitates precise application.

liquid eye shadow

Sometimes a liquid and cream shadow provides the longest wear and best color payoff. Lujan’s flagship product is Danessa Myricks Colorfix Cream Eye, Cheek and Lip Pigment. This versatile product is extremely pigmented for the boldest and funniest makeup looks, and it lasts up to 24 hours. “Its Colorfix product is available in a wide range of shades and finishes,” says Lujan. “You can use them alone or as a base for other shadows.”

Mascara

Synott’s pick is its Roen’s Cake Mascara brand. “[It’s] amazing,” she said. “It’s super hydrating for your lashes, so it stays on and doesn’t flake or fall out.”

Mascara

Dorman’s pick is Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara. “[It’s] a great waterproof mascara that adds volume like a non-waterproof, yet stays put,” she says. Thanks to the beeswax, carnauba wax and mineral pigments in its formula, it also lengthens, curls and conditions the lashes.

Mascara

Not only do you get intense volume with this mascara, but you also get virtually zero clumps thanks to its water-resistant formula. The curved brush lifts lashes to get that deep curl and evenly distributes mascara for full lashes that will stay lifted and won’t smudge all day.

eye primer

Urban Decay Primer Potion has been a staple for Dorman and beauty lovers for years. “It’s the most intense primer I’ve used,” she says. It intensifies the color to make the product more radiant and ensures a crease-free hold for 24 hours. There’s a reason it’s achieved cult status.

Fixing spray

Although Lujan doesn’t normally use setting spray on the eyes, he loves Melanie Mills Gleam Setting Spray. It says to close your eyes and mist from a distance. It dries instantly and holds makeup very well. This will not only set your eye makeup, but your entire face as well.

Fixing spray

Dorman loves the Charlotte Tilbury Mini Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray because it blends texture and leaves a breathable film made of polymers to hold your makeup in place.

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