As a makeup artist, one of the most commonly asked questions I receive is, “What do you think is the most long-wearing black eyeliner?” Many clients tell me that their eyeliner smudges and there is nothing out there that really lasts all day.
I’ll be honest, I think that most eyeliners, despite being classified as waterproof, are going to move a little bit within a few hours. They might smudge slightly but they definitely should not run or just magically disappear by the end of the day.
It is definitely not uncommon for an eyeliner to smudge a little and I think it is just a normal thing that happens. However, when someone tells me that absolutely nothing has worked for them and their eyeliner consistently runs no matter what they use, I recommend what I think to be the best smudge-proof black eyeliner pencil, the NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto. (FYI, these pencils do come in various shades).
For starters, this eyeliner pencil glides on rather smoothly and it truly is a jet black type of black. Some black eyeliners are not very black but this one definitely is which makes it exceptionally good when creating a more dramatic look. An added perk is that this pencil is designed with a twist up applicator (meaning it does not need a sharpener in between uses) but does also come with a built in sharpener on the opposite end to provide a sharper tip if desired.
When using this pencil, I do want to mention that it is important to always put the cap back on after each application. I have noticed that the pencil can get dry (and not apply as smoothly along with breaking off more easily) if the cap is not placed on after each use.
This is definitely a makeup kit essential! I do not use this pencil on everyone as I do not think everyone is in need of a super smudge-proof eyeliner; however, for anyone who emphasizes that this is a makeup concern or is looking for a smokey eye effect, the NARS “Via Veneto” black eyeliner pencil is the best!