For years, I totally snubbed eyeliner. I used to find it hard to apply and so I would tell myself I didn’t need it. Until one day I tried it again. And I got hooked. I love the way it defines my eyes and gives them shape and these days, unless I’m really pressed for time, I never leave the house without.
However, our love affair wasn’t without problems. My lids are a bit oily and so eyeliners have the tendency to smudge and smear down my face after a few hours. So not a good look! Other times, instead, the liner would simply disappear. How frustrating!
For those of you that feel my pain, here’s a few tricks I learned to make eyeliner stay put all day:
1. Prime, prime, prime
Always apply a eyeshadow primer like good old Urban Decay Primer Potion or Senna Totally Transforming Eyeshadow Primer on your lid before lining your eyes. Primers act like a glue that will keep your eyeliner (and eyeshadow) in place all day preventing it from smudging. Some people also recommend applying some powder to your lid to soak up the oil before putting on eyeliner, but I find this works only if your lids aren’t very oily. Otherwise, a primer is your best bet.
2. Set with powder
Once you’ve applied your eyeliner, with a small angle or shader brush, go over the line with a matching eyeshadow. This locks the liner in place, keeping it from straying and smearing down your face.
3. Do your research
Using a good eyeliner is also important. If you buy on impulse, chances are you’ll be stuck with a liner that will soon smudge and smear on you. Instead, do you research and read reviews to know which eyeliners will last the test of time even on the oilest lids.
Do you have any more tips to prevent eyeliner from smudging?