Friday, July 12, 2013

How to: keep eyeliner and mascara from smearing

Hey everyone!
During the summer, sometimes I don't like to wear a lot of eyeshadows, but I want to wear mascara and some eyeliner just for some definition. I know that sometimes without shadow, the mascara and eyeliner can transfer to the eyelid and it can look a little crazy! So I decided to share my secrets for minimizing the transfer. 

You'll need a pressed powder. I'm using a color correcting one from Physicians Formula, but you can use a powder foundation, loose powder, translucent powder, or anything you have on hand. I also have a fluffy dome brush to apply the shadow, but you can use your finger, a sponge tip applicator, or another brush. The powder helps because it's going to absorb any sweat or oil. The oil on your eyelids is what breaks down the mascara (and liner) and is what transfers it, so by minimizing the oil, you'll prevent your mascara from transferring. 

First: take your brush, applicator, or finger and get a decent amount of powder on it. Apply it all over the eyelid all the way up to the crease and browbone. You want to cover the entire area with a light coating of powder. 

 Second: Take your eyeliner and apply it to the upper lashline and lower lashline. I'm using a pencil eyeliner, but gels and liquids will work just as well. I'm using Urban Decay 24/7 liner in "Ransom". 

Third: Apply your mascara. Be careful not to get any on your lid! I'm using Covergirl Lashblast Volume incase you're wondering. 

Lastly: If you're really worried about smudges, you can do another light coating of powder to set your eyeliner. But if you aren't going to sweat much, or if you're not too oily on the eyelids, you may not need this step. 

So that's how I keep eyeliner and mascara from smearing throughout the day! I hope this was useful for you and if you have any other tips on how to prevent smudges, let me know what they are in the comments below!

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