Here in the land of the beauty-obsessed, one of the biggest problems we face in the summer is melting makeup. Making sure foundation stays on is a common concern, but making sure eye makeup doesn't crease, fade, or smudge, is a whole other issue. And if oily skin is already a problem, the heat of summer only makes the risk of an eye makeup meltdown worse. Because, for the sake of dramatics, is there really anything worse than finding eyeliner smeared under your eyebrow? And how did it even get up there anyway, right?
Especially after you've taken the time to make sure that your eye makeup perfectly suits your eye shape, all that fierce shading and lining prematurely fading away is not OK. So it's not just important how you use your products but also what types of products you're using. Just as you might layer face makeup products to help your foundation wear better and longer, you'll also need to layer eye makeup products. And before you seal in your eyeshadow and liner, you'll want to make sure you're using the most crease and transfer-resistant products. So you don't have to suffer mid-day panda-eyes, here's how to make sure your eyeshadow and eyeliner won't budge. All. Day. Long.
1. Use a primer
One of the most important things you can do to prolong the life of your eye makeup is to prime your eyelids. Even just making sure to pat some foundation or concealer over your lids can not only help to make your colors last longer but even appear brighter. But the best way to ensure your shadows don't crease throughout the day is to use a product specifically made to prevent shadows from doing so. Try something like Lorac's Behind the Scenes Eye Primer or Urban Decay's Primer Potion.
2. Choose the right formula
How well eye products stay on without smudging is also due in part to their formulas. For eyeshadow, opt for a powder instead of a cream as creams will more easily and quickly mix with oil on the lids and crease. For eyeliner, opt for a liquid or gel instead of a pencil. These latter types have a greater propensity for smudging and transferring whereas liquids and gels are more likely to be waterproof and long-wearing (check the label to be sure).
3. Set everything
Just like you might set your foundation with a powder to make it last longer, you can do the same with eye makeup. A very light dusting of a loose, translucent powder with a fluffy blending brush over eyeshadow can help with its longevity. And for eyeliner, dip an angled eyeliner brush in an eyeshadow of the same color as your liner, and press it on top. Layering these powders over your eyeshadow (even if you used powder eyeshadow to begin with) and eyeliner can really help seal in your look for the long haul.
Another way to set your eye makeup (and the rest of your makeup, for that matter) is a setting spray. A setting spray will make sure that your colors do not fade by locking everything in place. Of course you can pick and choose which steps to take to ensure your eye makeup stays on longer, but by layering all three steps, you can be confident your eyeshadow and liner won't go anywhere all day long.