Eyeliner Hacks: How to Make Your Eyeliner Last All Day Long

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Today, I want to talk to you about top tips for applying eyeliner and keeping it on.

If you’re a woman who has slightly watery eyes and you find that your eyeliner just disappears or smudges throughout the day, I have some eyeliner hacks to help you.

The main reason that eyeliner smudges is that a lot of women have slightly oily eyes, and that can sometimes get worse as you get older.

Excess oils around the eyes come either directly from your own skin or from moisturizers, eye creams, and eye makeup removers.

The products I'm using today are from the Look Fabulous Forever range, made specifically for mature skin. However, you can achieve the same results with any brand of product.

Tools and materials:

  • Cotton pad
  • Eye primer
  • Makeup brushes
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • Setting spray
  • Waterproof mascara
Applying eye primer

1. Wipe eyes

Before you start applying eye makeup, make sure that your eyes are completely clear of oil. Take a cotton pad with water and just wipe around so it's clean, oil-free, and dry.

2. Apply eye primer

Now apply eye primer all over your lid, right down to the base of your lashes. This helps to keep your makeup on and not move around.

Make sure your eyelids are clean, dry, and oil-free when you put it on, and only use a tiny amount.

Using clean brushes makes a difference as well because if you put the primer on with your fingers and your fingers have oil on them, then again you're transferring oils to the eye.

Applying eye primer

If you want to wear eyeliner underneath your lashes, you can put a tiny amount of eye primer on the base of the bottom lashes as well.

Apply it with a cotton bud. Let your primer dry for a few minutes before you put your eyeliner on.

Applying eyeliner

3. Apply eyeliner 

Apply dark brown eyeliner on the base of your eyelids. Start on the outer edge and go right to the base of the lashes.

If you have older skin, you might find it easier to smooth your eyelid by stretching it very slightly. To create a soft look, I like to apply the eyeliner in small, feathery strokes rather than trying to do one perfect line.

Use a very soft touch, you don't need to press particularly hard. If you press hard, it can make your eyes water, and then they'll run, and you've got problems.

If you have watery eyes, don't go on the inner water line of the top or the bottom because it will just run, so just go on the outer edge.

Applying eyeliner

Put a little bit of eyeliner on the bottom. I like to use a slightly lighter color, so I'm using warm taupe on the bottom.

Bring the bottom up to meet the top in the corner so you don’t have a gap.

Smudging eyeliner

4. Smudge eyeliner

Another top tip to set your eyeliner and stop it from smudging is to use your eye shadow with your wedge brush.

Go over and set your eyeliner. Press in the color over the soft eyeliner, which will set it really well, soften it, and add more color. Do the same under your eyes.

Applying primer

5. Apply primer

If you still find your eyeliner moving as the day goes on, another thing you can do is to put a tiny bit more eye primer underneath your eyes to create a bit of a barrier.

You can also add a tiny bit of translucent powder over that just to seal it.

Applying mascara

6. Apply mascara

If you find that your eyeliner moves a little bit, I would recommend using waterproof mascara because this will keep the wetness and the oils away from the skin and away from the eyeliner.

7. Apply setting spray

The final thing that you can do to hold everything in place is to use a setting spray.

Give it a shake and hold it about 20 centimeters away from your face with your eyes shut, and that will hold your makeup even more.

Eyeliner hacks

Eyeliner hacks

I hope that that has helped and given you just a few hints and tips about applying eyeliner and keeping it from moving.

Remember, it's really important not to touch your face as the more you touch your face you're going to smudge your makeup.

Eyeliner can make a massive difference to the way your eyes look as you get older, so don’t be afraid to use it, just follow the tips I’ve given you today, and everything will stay in place.

Next, check out these Mascara Hacks: How to Wear Blue Mascara.

Suggested materials:
  • Cotton pad
  • Eye primer
  • Makeup brushes
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