I've struggled with eyeliner for a long time. My eyes would look perfect for an hour, but then my eye makeup with start to slide off. Worse, my eyeliner would turn in to raccoon eyes after just a few hours. Short of carrying eye makeup remover with me and reapplying constantly, I wasn't sure what to do. I kept buying different eyeliners because I was blaming them for not staying. Then I used one of my liners on my daughter for a play that she was in, and I couldn't get it to come off. Why would it run on me but be stuck to her? Oily eyelids is why. If your eye makeup keep sliding, creasing, or disappearing, follow these tips to keep your makeup on fleek all day long.
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Tips for Oily Eyelids
Your oily eyelids might be caused by genetics, or they might be because of the products that you use. I have oily skin, so I'm pretty sure that is what's causing my makeup problems. If your skin generally isn't oily, it could be your skin care products. Try switching to an oil-free gel eye cream formula to see if that helps
Prep Your Eyes
You want to be sure that you're starting with a clean canvas, so be sure to remove any residual oil from your eyelids before you start applying your makeup. I really like Almay's oil-free eye makeup removing pads. Whatever you use, make sure that it is oil-free
Next, use an eye makeup primer. This will help absorb excess oil and help your makeup last longer. MAC Prep + Prime is sweat resistant and humidity resistant, so it's a great summer primer even if you don't have oil problems.
You may also want to add some powder to absorb excess oil. I'm a huge fan of Tarte's products because they have clay to absorb excess oil. Use a brush to dab some Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder over your lids after you use primer. If you have oily skin, this stuff is amazing all over, too.
Products for Oily Eyelids
Now that your lids are prepped and primed, it's time to apply your eye makeup. It's very important to use the right products on your lids. You want to use lighter formulas and gradually build color rather than use a heavy formula. For your eyeshadow, look for long-lasting products. A great drugstore option is Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo.
Shiseido Cream Eye Colors are also a great choice because they last. They go on as a cream, but they dry to a beautiful finish that will stay put for hours.
For eyeliner, try using a gel formula because they last longer than pencils do. I really love my pencil liners, so I'm using Tarte SmolderEyes Amazonian Clay liner. The clay helps absorb excess oil from my skin, and the pencil glides on like a great. This doesn't always make it 6-8 hours for me, but it's the best that I've ever used.
I've also heard great things about Urban Decay eyeliner for oily eyelids. I was going to pick one up, but I opted for the Tarte because it has the clay.
Do you have any makeup for oily eyelids that you love?