No matter what kind of eyeliner you use it’s pretty much a must have product that can enhance your eyes by making them appear bigger and more defined. It can also make your lashes look thicker. However, this indispensable product can also ruin a look when it smudges due to oily lids, hot weather, and sweat. The million dollar question that everyone wants an answer to and will continue to be asked for many years. How do I prevent my eyeliner from smudging? I have dealt with this issue personally myself for years, since my eyes are hooded I have had to deal with smudgy eyeliner, eyeliner transferring to my crease and all the problems that can come up with with hooded eyes. Here are some of my tips, that work for me.
Remove Excess Oil
Before applying eyeliner or any makeup it’s important to thoroughly clean the skin to ensure removal of excess oil.
Apply a good eye primer to the eye area. My top favorite eye primers are Milani Eyeshadow Primer, Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Paint Pots, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, or if you don’t have an eye primer, your regular concealer will be a good alternative, just make sure you apply a thin layer of the concealer because it will crease if you apply a thick layer.
Set Your Eyeliner
Setting your eyeliner with the matching eyeshadow color will make a huge difference in the overall lasting power of your eyeliner, I usually line my water line with a pencil eyeliner and then set it with a matte black eyeshadow like Mac Carbon Black, or any other black eyeshadow will do the job.
What Eyeliner Last The Longest?
I usually only use liquid liners for the upper lid. I have gel liners like MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline, but I swear it never lasts more then an hour on my lids and I have really dry eyelids, plus I don’t think MAC’s gel liners are very pigmented. The cream liner that I have found that will last me all day without smudging is the Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Cream Liner. As for liquid liners my all time favorite would have to be MAC’s Liquidlast liners, not only do they not smudge but that liquid liner really gives your arms a work out trying to take it off at night, it’s heavy duty stuff that will not smudge at all or transfer. The down side to the Liquidlast liners are it’s takes a lot of patience and practice to apply because of the flimsy brush. Another good option would be the Hard Candy Walk The Liner Liner in Asphalt(Black), which is much easier to apply.
For the waterline it’s an entirely different method I have to use. I obviously wouldn’t use liquid liner in my water so I usually use a kohl pencil. The ones I tend to reach for are Smolder or Feline eye kohl from MAC. There are also a lot of good drugstore brands like Milani who make some really nice eyeliner pencils. After I apply the eye pencil to my water line I take an angle brush like the MAC 266 brush and dip it into a matte black eyeshadow and set my pencil eyeliner with the eyeshadow. This will usually make it last a lot longer. In conclusion, using a good eye primer, waterproof eyeliner and eyeshadow to set your eyeliner, you should notice better results in the longevity of your eyeliner.