The three basics to makeup success of any kind are: The products being used, the skin it’s being applied onto, and the application itself. But even the best products, the smoothest skin and a great application won’t necessarily keep your eyeliner from smudging or your lip color from feathering. Here are six quick tricks to preventing your makeup from moving around, when it should be staying put!
- Mascara is one product that almost everyone uses daily. It’s a staple beauty product, and while it rarely smudges or smears up on top, it smudges quite often on the lower lid. To prevent this, (and so sorry this isn’t really a secret trick!), do not wear mascara on your bottom lashes unless it’s a waterproof formula. The lower lashes just sit so close to the skin, they pick up moisture and oils from makeup and the eyes and tend to smudge or smear. So stick with waterproof, or stay away from the lower lashes altogether. **Quick tip: If you do get a smudge or accidental spot of mascara on the skin, wait til it dries completely, and you’ll be able to flick it off the skin with your fingernail. If you try to remove it while it’s still wet, you’ll get a really lovely smear of mascara across your skin. Be patient, instead.
- If it’s eyeliner you have trouble with, keep it away from that inner rim of the eye. (The inner rim is that super-thin line of skin between the eyeball itself and where the lashes begin.) Many people apply liner here because it adds to the smokey look, but the inner rim is quite moist, and can increase the chances of smearing liner. Also, keep liner away from that inside corner of the eye where the tear duct is. Any moisture is bad when you’re trying to avoid smudging or smearing.
- In general, powder products will smudge or smear or crease less than creamy or liquid products, if they are applied correctly. Be sure your skin is prepared with at least a moisturizer, and a foundation and/or primer too, when possible. These products will grab onto powder products and help them not smear. **BTW: Any product of any formula will tend to smear or smudge if the skin hasn’t been prepped first.
- To avoid feathering of lipstick or lip color, follow this weird trick. It may sound backwards to you, but use your finger to dab lip color onto the lips first, then apply lipliner second. Pressing lip color onto the lips helps it grab and kind of “stain,” while lining afterwards fences in the lip color and provides an outer barrier, helping keep lipstick in place.
- Any time you’re concerned about heat or sweating, be sure to use a foundation primer. These products help decrease the symptoms of heat on the skin, and help hold makeup on longer.
- Finally, if you tend to get those “drippings” of eyeshadow beneath your eyes after applying eyeshadow, try this: Prior to applying shadow, use your powder sponge or brush to add an extra thick layer of face powder to the area under your eyes. Then completely make up your eyes. After your eyes are complete, brush away all the excess powder, including shadow drippings, mascara flakes, etc. This gets rid of that junk, plus gives a bit of extra brightness to your undereye area. Bonus!