The past 16 years of my life have been spent in pursuit of the perfect eyeliner. My mother gifted me with some wonky body chemistry that makes everything run. Waterproof my left foot.

So I have to admit, I was pretty impressed when I purchased URBAN DECAY 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner a few weeks ago. It hurt to spend $19 on eyeliner, but my $3 in Ulta Rewards relieved some of the pain.

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As I said, it’s been a few weeks, but yesterday was the true test. The beautiful lines I drew around my peepers survived a 20-minute crying jag and a much-needed post-bad-news nap.

If you’re like me and don’t love the super-stark look, try applying some brown or grey eye shadow over your waterline line (what else am I supposed to call it??) using—of all things—an eyeliner brush. Right now I’m wearing UD’s Perversion—carbon black with the lighter grey from Sonia Kashuk’s Smoke In Your Eyes-06 eye shadow quad from Target.

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