Neither the liquid liner or the gel liner run or smear. What primer are you using on your lids? I've used quite a few, from Urban Decay to benefits and Wet N' Wilds new one from their Fergie line (it works and is amazingly inexpensive) but the only one that honestly works for me is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It depends on why my clients are getting their makeup done as to which I use between the Shadow Insurance and the Wet N' Wild primers.
If you are speaking in terms of the liners not working well for yourself personally verses clients, do you have oily lids? I have a very oily forehead and lids with the rest of my face being normal (and a tad dry around my nose). After trying just about everything possible with foams, cleansers, lotions, etc. to cut down on the oil I used oil! Coconut oil that is It takes very little product and it works amazingly well. I know it seems counter-productive to use oil to cut down on oil but I swear by it. Also, by using the coconut oil on your lids it helps with eyelash growth.
Hope this info helps.