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The Oscars are upon us, and you know what that means: acceptance speeches. And with acceptance speeches there will be tears, both from the winners themselves and from those in the audience and at home, not to mention fellow nominees whose “I’m so happy for you” crocodile tears are sometimes just “fuck, I lost again” tears in disguise. We’re all only human, after all.
In the spirit of crying, happy tears or otherwise, we asked six celebrity makeup artists to share the waterproof eye makeup picks they swear by, whether you’re compromised by sweat, heat, or … rain. Because, remember, you’re not crying, it’s just raining on your face.
“Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon ($23) really stays put and lasts all night. It’s smudgeable, but you have to work fast—once it’s set, you’re good to go. I also like to use a loose setting powder, like MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($26). You can use the powder to set any cream products as well as prep the eye for other powders. The dry texture helps shadows and liners last longer against the heats and oils of the body. They’re also great for blending.” —Quinn Murphy, whose clients include Mariah Carey, Anne Hathaway, and Liv Tyler
“I opt for the waterproof Serge Lutens Beauté Mascara ($65) and apply it on both top and bottom lashes. Using a formula that won’t move around is key—my beauty insurance is Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($29). They go on smoothly, so you can blend it to create a diffused look, and once it’s set the product doesn’t budge.” —VIOLET GREY Brand Ambassador and celebrity makeup artist Kira Nasrat, whose clients include Jaime King and Olivia Culpo
“A few of my favorites: Eyeko Me and My Shadow ($20) glides on effortlessly, remains crease-free, and stays put for hours. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eyeliner ($22) gives you intense color and lasting coverage, plus it has a built-in smudger. Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara ($24) defines, volumizes, and curls, and it’s seriously budge-proof.” —Vanessa Scali, whose clients include Anna Kendrick, Helen Mirren, and Christina Ricci
“I use Giorgio Armani Eye Tint ($39) as a final step over eyeshadow. I sweep it over shadow using a blending brush—it helps to intensify the tone and set the color. They’re amazing—waterproof, creaseproof, tear-proof… fake or otherwise.” —Giorgio Armani Celebrity Makeup Artist Tim Quinn, whose clients include Amber Heard, Victoria Beckham, and Kerry Washington
“I love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never-Fail Eyeliner ($8.99)—they’re sweat-proof and last all day. Goes on silky smooth and lasts for up to 16 hours. Add L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara ($10.99), and your eye look is set for anything the red carpet and awards show brings.” —L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John, whose clients include Beyoncé, Joan Smalls, and Khloé Kardashian
“Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base ($26.50) helps eyeshadow stay put for hours, and really makes the color appear more vibrant.” —Nick Barose, whose clients include Lupita Nyong’o, Kate Mara, and Emma Roberts