After enlightening us on the power of hair essences, Soko Glam's Charlotte Cho let us in on *another* life-changing beauty secret: K-beauty liners are the longest lasting ones out there, and they have to brave all kinds of weather conditions to prove it.
"Korea is a peninsula, so three sides of the country are covered in water," she explains. "That means the conditions in the summer are very humid and because of the monsoon climate, it rains for about a month in July. And the winters are really, really cold and snowy. Because of this, the eyeliner formulations in Korea are very, very long-lasting because you'll get raccoon eyes if they're not."
The way we see it, if an eyeliner can hold its own during monsoon season, it'll be just the trick for the melty, humid days of summer and beyond.
From liquid pens to gel liners to a hybrid of the two, here are our five K-beauty favorites.
This highly-pigmented liquid glides on easily for bold, smudge-proof lines. Not to mention comes in a cool, retro-inspired bottle that'll inspire a next-level feline flick.
Etude House Oh m'Eye Line Liquid Eyeliner, $4.54; amazon.com.
If you're one for a more natural-looking finish, you'll love the fine and gentle, elastic brush tip that comes with this stays-put-forever formula. It even has a grip for comfy application.
IOPE Line Defining Eyeliner, $32.85; amazon.com.
Cat eye freaks, meet your holy grail pen. The super-fine, felt-tip applicator makes precision a breeze, while the inky, waterproof formula makes for striking matte lines that last all day. But fear not, it comes off easily as long as you use an oil-based cleanser.
Clio Waterproof Brush Liner, $20; sokoglam.com.
This gel liner is great if you're going for a smoky finish—you can even use it as an eyeshadow! Plus, its silicon ingredients make it totally water- and sweat-proof.
Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner, $15; sokoglam.com.
This innovative "melting gel formula" is the hybrid of your dreams, allowing for fluid lines that don't budge or crack for hours at a time.
Laneige Gel Liquid Liner, $22; shopatkorea.com.