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Tired of arriving at your destination with raccoon eyes? Find out what our readers chose as the best non smudge eye liner. From waterproof options to gel, we’re rounding up the ten most long lasting eye liners!
The Best Non Smudge Eye Liner
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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
What is the best non smudge eye liner to wear on long haul flights and traveling? What makeup do you usually take with you on a vacation. I look very washed out without makeup, but hate to wear a lot of it! Any suggestions?
Many of us have a separate bag that stores our makeup for travel. When you’re traveling, your focus is usually less on looking glamorous and more so on looking fresh and awake without having to worry about reapplying makeup throughout the day.
Eyeliner is a great makeup product for brightening up your face. It’s also easy to apply and compact to store. However, there’s nothing worse than runny eyeliner that gives you raccoon eyes.
So we asked our readers for their recommendations and they shared their picks for the best eye liners for travel.
Here’s what are our readers rated as the best non smudge eye liner:
- CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liner
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner
- Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner
- Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
- Chanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner
- MAC Modern Twist Kajal Eyeliner
- Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Eyeliner
- Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Eyeliner
Cover Girl Bombshell Intensity Liner
Liquid eyeliners are known for their all-day lasting power, and this one is no exception. The tapered tip makes this a great pick for winged and cat-eye looks. This eyeliner promises 24-hours of smudge-free wear in a super-dark black shade.
One reader shared, “my ‘holy grail’ eyeliner that lasts FOREVER and doesn’t smudge (making you look even more tired/ raccoon-like) is the CoverGirl Bombshell intensity liner.”
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Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner
This eye pencil is super creamy and easily glides across your lid while providing instant color intensity. As a makeup artist’s favorite, it doesn’t smudge, crease, or fade until you remove it, making it one of the best waterproof eyeliner options for travel. We love just how many shades it comes in, from classic black to bright blues.
As a reader says, “I swear by Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liner. I’ve used it for years, on planes, in the jungle, underwater scuba diving all day, etc.”
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Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner
Another liquid option, the Milani Infinite eyeliner is waterproof, smudge-proof, smear-proof, and wears for up to 24 hours. The fine brush applicator is so easy-to-use, so even if you aren’t an expert with liquid liner, you can still use this without any issues.
A reader told us, “Milani Infinite won’t even come off with water; it needs makeup remover to get it off. It’s perfect for humid climates and it’s cheap.” This is the best waterproof eyeliner for a budget-conscious traveler.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner
Urban Decay is known for its amazing range of colors, and their 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner is one of their most popular options. While it’s a pencil and oh-so-creamy, it still delivers vibrant color that glides on smoothly while staying in place all day long. It starts off creamy so you can blend it and then dries to budge-proof finish.
With nearly 40 color options, there’s a hue for everyone. One reader says, “I love this eyeliner. It glides on easy and is waterproof, too.” This eyeliner gets our vote thanks to its moisturizing formula and array of colors.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
If you love liquid liner, you’ll love this pick from Stila. The applicator provides easy-glide, quick-dry precision so you’ll never have to worry about smudges, feathering, or running. Most liquid liners seem to only come in black or brown, but this one comes in several hues, including beautiful blues and greens.
One reader said this is the “the best eyeliner” and another added, “Stila liquid eyeliner is wonderful. I wore it all over Southeast Asia last year with no issues.” This definitely makes it onto our list of the best waterproof eyeliners for travel.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
Another amazing liquid liner is from Kat Von D. Like a tattoo, this eyeliner isn’t budging or fading no matter how sweaty you get. This is another great pick for liquid liner beginners as its innovative brush tip makes for an effortless, precise application. The tip is so fine so you can apply a very thin line for a more natural look, or layer for a more dramatic look.
One reader says that this eyeliner is “amazing,” and it’s in our makeup bag because it’s one of the best eyeliners for travel.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner
A cream eyeliner is the best of both worlds because it’s moisturizing but easy to apply. The Chanel Stylo Yeux is just that, while also offering a waterproof and smudge-proof finish.
The gentle, silicone-enriched formula delivers smooth, even lining. A built-in sharpener at the opposite end detaches for quick refreshes, and is perfect for travelers as it’s one less thing you need to pack.
“The best eyeliner I’ve tried for my greasy eyelids is Chanel Stylo Yeux. Not cheap but worth it,” one reader told us. If you prefer more luxury makeup products, this is one of the best non smudge eye liner options.
MAC Modern Twist Kajal Eyeliner
MAC’s been around for years, so many of us have used their products for a trusty, reliable, and long-wearing look. Plus, it’s a great option that’s between drugstore and luxury brands.
Its soft, silky texture makes for the best long lasting eyeliner for a sensitive waterline, while its color intensity and extreme depth creates a look of unparalleled impact. In fact, the color is so intense you only need to apply one stroke and you’re ready to go!
A reader told us, “I use MAC’s Modern Twist Kajal Eyeliner. I use it on my oily waterline and tightline, too. Stays all day!”
Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Eyeliner
We love Tarte because they make eco-friendly cosmetics that are paraben-free and made with more natural ingredients, such as Amazon clay. This pot eyeliner is amazing for travel because it doubles as eyeliner and eyeshadow. The formula is so creamy, so you can create a cat eye or blend it out to smudge line. There are so many shades, including matte and metallic options.
Several readers mentioned Tarte as their pick for the best eyeliner for travel, with one saying they “smudge nicely and then stay put.”
Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Eyeliner
Gel eyeliners are amazing because they offer super pigmented color with a creamy and moisturized finish. Most gel eyeliners are in pot form, but this is in a pencil, which is ideal for travel. With a 1.8mm micro-tip, you’ll get such a fine line, which is good for a minimal makeup look. You can build it up for a more dramatic look, as well.
One reader says she “loves it,” and we agree that it’s one of the best long lasting eyeliner options for jetsetters. Plus, it gets bonus points for the pretty pink casing it’s in.
Best Non Smudge Eye Liner Product Comparison Chart
Here’s a quick review of the best eye liners. You can read more about each item in the article above.
|BRAND / MODEL||READERS SAY||RATING||PRICE|
|CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liner||“My ‘holy grail’ eyeliner that lasts FOREVER and doesn't smudge (making you look even more tired/ raccoon-like) is the CoverGirl Bombshell intensity liner."||Check Price|
|Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner||“I swear by Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liner. I've used it for years, on planes, in the jungle, underwater scuba diving all day, etc.”||Check Price|
|Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner||“Milani Infinite won’t even come off with water; it needs makeup remover to get it off. It’s perfect for humid climates and it’s cheap.”||Check Price|
|Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner||“I love this eyeliner. It glides on easy and is waterproof, too.”||Check Price|
|Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner||“Stila liquid eyeliner is wonderful. I wore it all over Southeast Asia last year with no issues.”||Check Price|
|Kat Von D Tattoo Liner||"It’s in our makeup bag because it’s one of the best eyeliners for travel."||Check Price|
|Chanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner||“The best eyeliner I've tried for my greasy eyelids is Chanel Stylo Yeux. Not cheap but worth it.”||Check Price|
|MAC Modern Twist Kajal Eyeliner||“I use MAC’s Modern Twist Kajal Eyeliner. I use it on my oily waterline and tightline, too. Stays all day!”||Check Price|
|Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Eyeliner||"They smudge nicely and then stay put.”||Check Price|
|Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Eyeliner||"We agree that it’s one of the best eyeliners for travel."||Check Price|
Watch this video to see how to downsize your makeup for travel!
How to Downsize Your Make Up
Only pack what you think you really will need and use. Watch the video above for tips on how to downsize your beauty products.
However, if something does happen to your makeup or beauty supplies or you forget something, you can buy products at your destination.
Get our free printable makeup checklist here!
What do you think is the best non smudge eye liner? Share in the comments below!
For more travel makeup suggestions, please read:
- Capsule Makeup Collection
- Best Makeup Palettes for Travel
- The Best Waterproof Mascara
- Best Eyebrow Makeup
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