Smudge-Proof Eyeliner - Dilemma of the Week - iVillage Beauty Makeup Studio

How do I keep my eyeliner from smudging?

Eyeliner smudging is pretty much inevitable. The eyes are naturally moist, and moisture along with laughing, blinking, sneezing and rubbing our eyes (all very human activities) ruins makeup! But I'll give you some tips to help it smudge less:

  • Avoid using too much moisturizer around the eye; it will travel and convert liner into mush -- not a bad look in a sultry rock-star way, but probably not the look you're going for. Try an eye gel in lieu of eye cream. Look for one that absorbs quickly and be sure to give it a couple of minutes before applying makeup.
  • Help keep eyeliner in place with this three-layer application technique:

STEP 1 Using a Q-tip, trace a line of neutral-colored matte powder or eye shadow around the circumference of the eye as a base on which you'll place the eyeliner.

STEP 2 Use a pencil liner in your desired shade and dot along the lash line, creating your desired shape.

STEP 3 Now, using a fine-pointed brush and an eye shadow in the same shade as the pencil you used, trace over the pencil liner, staying within the line you drew with the pencil.

Deborah's Recommended Products:

Murad Cellular Eye Gel
Replenishes and firms all types of skin.
Price: $42
Available: (800) 388-9017

Shu Uemura Kajal Eyeliner Pencil
Long wearing without moving, great for active people and performers.
Available: (888) 540-8181

Delux Beauty Eyeliner
Glides on luxuriously; has a soft powdery application.
Price: $14
Available: Late summer 2002 at Sephora and Henri Bendel

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