Oily lids. Ahh, the bane of every eyeliner-wearing girl’s life. They’re like party crashers that come uninvited and turn the party of liner on your lids upside down, leaving a messy trail in their wake. The result? Panda eyes. Or, if you’re lucky, an unintentional smokey eyes look.
But hold on, oily lids girls! Don’t throw in the towel just yet. These tips may very well help you counter that annoying problem and say goodbye to smudges.
1. Apply concealer on your eyes and set with powder
Concealer can act as a primer, while the powder absorbs excess oil to prevent smudges. If you prefer an eyeshadow primer, you do you, but just ensure that the primer isn’t too moisturising or your eyeliner will slip.
2. Use waterproof eyeliner
Waterproof formula is more resistant than non-waterproof ones, whether when it contact with water or sweat. If you don’t fancy liquid eyeliner, there are gel and pencil formula that now come in waterproof formula, such as Benefit’s BADgal liner.
3. Warm up your gel liner
After dabbing an amount of gel liner onto the brush, lightly press the product into the brush using your fingertips to warm it up before application. This ensures it goes on smoothly and doesn’t cake, hence lowering the chances of smudges.
4. Apply on your inner lash line
If your eyelids are super oily and nothing helps, try tightlining (apply it on your inner lashline instead of over your lashline) using a waterproof eyeliner. This takes a bit of practice and skill, and you might tear up the first few times.
5. Use black eye shadow
If pencil, liquid and gel formulae don’t work for you, consider using a black eye shadow as an eyeliner. Apply it as you would when using a gel liner. The powder formula means it will absorb the oil so it’s likely to last longer with minimal smudges. Alternatively, apply liquid, pencil or gel liner, and then line black eyeshadow over it.
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- Choosing the right type of eyeliner is key. Work with what you’re most familiar with whether it’s a felt-tip, pencil, brush, liquid or gel.
- The trick is to draw your eyeliner looking straight into the mirror with your eyes open. This gives you the most accurate representation of how your eyeliner will look, especially for people with hidden eyelids or monolids.
- The ends of the wings of your eyeliner will determine the shape and feel of the eyes. Angling the wing upwards will result in a fierce, sexy look. Take it down a notch for a cute, innocent look.