Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by your mascara. Okay, every single makeup-wearing human in the world can put their hands down, because I know you’ve all been there. I know you’ve all looked in the mirror at noon and seen faint black streaks on your upper lids from blinking, or had to wipe away black smudges from beneath your eyes at the end of the day.

And I know you just blame your “weird eyelids” or your “bad mascara” and have resigned yourself to a life of melting makeup, but here’s a little secret: You can easily and totally prevent it from happening—like, even with the world’s weirdest eyelids and mascara—and all it takes is a few extra seconds each morning. Keep reading to find out how (and why), below.

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Skip The Creams

Not on your whole face, because #moisture, yo, but if you have a tendency to slather your moisturizer all over your skin, eyelids and all, you’re basically creating the perfect smudging ground for your mascara, especially as your skin heats up and your eyelashes tap against your tacky lids ever few seconds. And that goes for your cream-based eyeshadows, too—skip ‘em and opt for powders, instead.

Blot It Out

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Sorry, but your lids may just be a bit oilier than the rest of your face (yes, even if your complexion is drier than the Sahara). And because oil inherently melts and dissolves the bonds in makeup—including your mascara—you need to soak up any and all excess oil at the start of your makeup routine.

My favorite trick? After cleansing and moisturizing my face in the morning, I’ll take a powder-laced blotting sheet (specifically the Palladio Rice Papers) and gently press it over my eyelids and under-eyes to completely mattify my lids, then, for good measure, I’ll do one more pass with the paper after applying my liner and eyeshadow, just in case any residual oils from my brushes or beauty blender have made their way onto my lids.

Prime Yourself

I know, I know—eye primers seem so damn extra, but if you’re not already using a face primer that you can easily blend up and over your eyes at the same time, then I highly suggest just taking the 20 extra seconds to dab on a designated eye primer, instead, like the cult-favorite Urban Decay Primer Potion or the drugstore favorite E.l.f. Shadow Lock, to mattify your lids. Not only will it keep your shadows and liners from creasing and sliding, but it’ll also help prevent your mascara from leaving marks after a few hours.

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Waterproof It

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Unless you’re Katie Ledecky or in the thick of wedding season, I’m not a huge fan of using water-resistant mascaras, solely because they can be both difficult to remove and super drying on your lashes (all of which can cause lash loss and damage over time). BUT, if you’ve already meticulously powdered, blotted, primed your lids, and also tested a different mascara formula, and you’re still dealing with smudging, try switching to a waterproof formula, instead.

“But the damage! What about the DAMAGE?!” I know, I know, and I stand by what I said. BUT, you can help mitigate the drying effects by swiping on a conditioning lash primer first, like Lancôme’s Cils Booster XL, before using your waterproof mascara. And make sure to invest in the best of the best formulas, like Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara or MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara. Just promise me you’ll be extra gentle, okay? Okay. Thanks. Now go forth and enjoy your smudge-free life.

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The real reasons why your eye makeup is always smudging

One of the first things people who just met me ask – as soon they learn that I write for the beauty beat in a magazine title – is: “Which mascara/eyeliner should I use that won’t smudge?”

I usually respond by giving them a list of product recommendations while they take notes. But this is actually the shortcut answer. And in all honesty, my recommendations might not prove to be as failsafe as these hopefuls expect. Here are all the reasons why:

1. Everyone’s eye shape and eyelid movement is different

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Just like no two person’s fingerprints are the same, I believe that no two person’s eye shapes are the same. Heck, for most of us, our two eyes aren’t even symmetrical. This means that when we blink, our eyelids move and fold in different ways, and it is precisely when the skin folds and creates contact that smudging of eye makeup occurs. Some people blink harder than others, or others have hooded upper eyelids, which cause eyeliner on the upper eyelids to transfer to the undereye area more easily when they blink.

If your eye makeup always smudges because of blinking, you can’t really stop blinking, right? So simply avoid drawing eyeliner and eyeshadow too heavily close to your lash line, and definitely avoid filling in the waterline with eyeliner. Also, try a transfer resistant formula like Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof, $15.90 from firstbeauty.com.sg or Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $32 from Sephora.


2. Skin type plays a part

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Some people have oily skin, others have dry skin, and then there’s every combination skin type in-between too. Your facial skin type also extends to the skin around the eyes and hence there are people with oilier eyelids than others. The oilier your eyelids, the more your eye makeup will smudge, it’s only logic. And get this: Even the most waterproof of formulas sometimes don’t work for people with excessively oily eyelids. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about it. Applying an eyelid primer may help in varying degrees, depending on how oily your skin is and other factors like your eye shape and blinking movements. Try Essence I love stage base for eyeshadow & concealer, $4.50 from Watsons or Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer, $39 from Sephora.


3. Shifting factors

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No matter how prepared you are or which waterproof products you use, as long as you wear eye makeup – liner, shadows, mascara – there is potential for smudging at any time. This is simply because all the factors involved are changing all the time. Our skin quality and sebum level changes according to the environment, the movement of our eyes shift and change too.

For example, I have come to rely on some pretty budge-proof eyeliners and mascaras through years of trial and error, but whenever I come down with a cold, none of them hold up against my hard sneezes as my eyes press shut really tightly with each “ah-choo”. When these unfortunate situations happen, there’s not much you can do but use a cleansing wipe to remove all your eye makeup, thoroughly and just try again later… or tomorrow. Otherwise, simply embrace the smudgy smoky eyes look à la Cara Delevingne, Victoria Beckham, Mila Kunis… the list goes on… which goes to show that you’re not alone in your smudged eye makeup plight.


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1. Don’t apply facial oils or moisturizers that aren’t oil-free over your eyelids.

Your eyelids get oily on their own, says Sir John, L’Oréal’s newest addition to its makeup artist roster. If you add more oil and moisture to your eyelids, your eye makeup will certainly slip off before you’re ready for it to.

If you want to use an eye cream and have makeup that doesn’t crease, use the cream before you go to bed. Make sure to wash it off in the morning so you start with a clean eyelid slate.

2. Don’t prime your eyelids with concealer or foundation.

“This is the biggest misconception when it comes to makeup,” Sir John says. “While it might provide grip momentarily, both formulas usually contain oils that cause your eye makeup to move around on your eye, which is what you’re trying to avoid.”


Sir John, who tends to celebrities like Beyoncé, Chrissy Teigen, Joan Smalls, and Karlie Kloss, avoids applying concealer to the eyelids because he likes to keep the little color you have naturally there. “It adds to the groundwork of the shadow,” he says. “When you use foundation to blank it out, you lose the definition that you woke up with in the morning, which can make you look too made up.”

3. Look for long-wearing properties when shopping for eye makeup.

4. Use a primer if you need 24-hour color lock.

If you need your makeup to stay put from morning until way into the night, Sir John suggests using an oil-free primer or patting a pressed powder on your lid before applying makeup.


5. Scribble a gel liner over your eyelid and blend as the base for your eye shadow.

Really! After applying your eyeliner over your lash line, take a gel liner that matches your eye shadow and apply it haphazardly where you’ll be applying your shadow. Then blend it around with your ring finger or brush so it doesn’t look like random streaks. Try L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lacquer Liner.

Surprisingly, gel liners are the best way to get stay-put shadow. They give your shadow the grip it needs and can double as your base shadow. But you have to work quickly: “When you’re working with long-wearing products, time is not on your side,” Sir John says, “so work on one eye at a time.” He recommends using a synthetic brush that’s packed tightly (instead of a fluffy one) or your ring finger to apply the color. Use a fluffy brush to diffuse any harsh lines around the crease of your eye.

Next, pat your eye shadow of choice over the gel liner. “If you want longevity, you need duality,” Sir John says, “and patting your jewel-toned shadow over the gel liner will give you that long-lasting effect.” Finally, apply nude shades with a fluffy brush to the outer corners of your eyes. This will soften your look. Try L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude.

If you do all of these tricks and your eye makeup still creases, Sir John recommends following this advice:

Blend the creased shadow with your finger (the oil will help the color move around), then blot any excess oil away with a blotting paper. The sheer sheet will absorb the oil but won’t lift the color.

Fun fact: Sir John once used the paper from a cigarette as a blotter on set in Brazil. “I didn’t have any blotting papers. Someone on set had a cigarette, so I unrolled it, trashed the rest of the cigarette, and pressed the paper it was wrapped in up against my client’s lids,” he says.

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Dot eyeliner has slowly infiltrated our Instagram feeds, runways, and, most recently, celebrities’ lids. When we say slowly, we mean, like, since the ’60s. Back when fangirls lined up for the Beatles and women wore white platform boots, Twiggy dotted her lower lash line to emphasize her lashes. A couple decades later, the look hit the runway with a minimalist approach. In 2012, Pat McGrath placed a single cornflower-blue dot in the middle of the lower lash lines of models walking in an Anna Sui show. However, the dot-liner look didn’t quite catch on like wildfire the way her glitter lips have. Then, the haute couture version of undereye circles made another appearance on the runway in 2014. Lucia Pieroni created his own version of the look for the Rochas spring/summer 2015 show. History lesson aside, we’ve been feeling the dot fantasy for years now, so of course we’re pumped that beauty bloggers and celebs (like Emma Roberts and Zoe Kravitz) are bringing dot eyeliner into 2017 in a big way. We talked to professional makeup artists to find out how to pull off the look and what tools to use to create perfect little circles.

What’s the deal with dots?

The first person we think of when it comes to dot liner is professional makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes. She knows firsthand how to make the look incredibly wearable. You can see her mastering the sophisticated spots in up-close selfies on Instagram. She tells Allure that the liner trend is a fun way of mixing up makeup and dots draw attention to your eyes in a new way. “Lately, people have been embracing details on the lower lash lines,” she adds. Take the blue waterline trend among celebs lately, for example. Janelle Monáe, in particular, has basically taken it on as her signature look.

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On Instagram, you may have seen your favorite beauty bloggers create looks inspired by Dominique D’Angelo, a professional makeup artist with about 244,000 followers on Instagram. She tells Allure that not only is dotted liner a way of adding texture to your look in a nontraditional way, it is a “comfortable step toward wearing something more daring than a classic liner. It can be as bold or as discreet as you’d like.”

What other makeup should you have on when you’re wearing dot eyeliner?

Hughes recommends keeping the rest of your makeup low-key with a fresh face and groomed brows, so the dots don’t look “too theatrical.” Instead, keeping your skin matte and your brows natural creates a perfect balance—you know, kind of like a hamburger with salad, Hughes explains. She even compared the vibe you should go for to Alicia Keys’s appearance on our February cover. As for lips, you have free reign to top with whatever color you want. “It’s like pairing black liner with any lip color,” Hughes says. Greta Agazzi, a professional makeup artist based in Italy, agrees. She tells Allure that she’s into the minimalist look because it gives her “mime vibes.” She’s so right—in the best way possible. You might not want to wear a black-and-white striped shirt, though. You know, just in case.

For Emma Robert’s look, professional makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua kept her look, which was inspired by Coco Chanel BTW, supersimple with neutral eye-shadow shades on the actress’s lids. First, Bua smudged the taupe shade from the Tisse Camelia

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onto the lower lash lines. Next, she brushed a shimmery brown onto the outer part of Roberts’s upper lash line for “soft, natural definition,” Bua says. Then, Bua swept a champagne powder on Roberts’s upper lids, inner eyes, and brow bones to give her a lit-from-within glow. (These Best of Beauty-winning products can help you get there, too.) Then, she finished off with the petal pink shade on Roberts’s creases.

And just how do you get those damn dots so precise?

Just last week, Flirt Cosmetics launched the Dot Dot Dot Dual Ended Liner ($22), which makes things hella easier. One side has your classic felt-tipped liner. The other has a special dotting applicator. Revlon also has a ball-point liner that has literally a ball point. Both option create the perfect spots. Hughes and D’Angelo also suggest using the round end of a makeup brush. You can dip it into a black liquid lipstick (we like the one from Sephora Collection), gel liner or create your own mixture with some setting spray and black eye shadow like Hughes does. The latter lets you be “in control of the consistency,” Hughes says. “A watery one works best.”

As for placement, use your pupils for alignment. Then, create dots either right below your lower lash lines, like Roberts’s look, or below the folds and fine lines of your undereye area. Agazzi likes to wear them almost on top of her cheeks, so don’t afraid to stray from your waterlines. And remember, as D’Angelo says, ‘Dot liner is fun, hard to mess up, and it washes off at the end of the day!'”

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Finding the right makeup tips for black eyes can make all the difference in the world when it comes to how a person’s entire face looks. Dark eyes can easily appear to be washed out with the wrong color being picked. Here are some of the best tips and tricks to deal with those dark eyes.

Makeup Tips For Black Eyes

There are some people who have this idea that black eyes can be a hassle to deal with. While it is true that not every color is going to complement a dark eye, there are still plenty of options to consider. Black (and dark brown) eyes do not have an opposite colors on the color wheel to consider, so most shades can work. Those with a blue or green eye color aren’t quite as lucky to have as many choices.

Create a Solid Base

Before applying any makeup, it is very important for a girl with black eyes to make sure that they have put together a solid base. Since darker colors will be used, any clumping and smudges can be easily seen. All bases should match well with a person’s skin color, and it needs to be applied thoroughly and evenly.

Rich, Deep Colors Work Best

It is important to highlight dark eyes as much as possible, so the best way to go about that is to start out with deeper shades. Colors that fall in the category of dark grays, blues, browns, blacks and violets are all great to utilize. A good starting point is to go with a color close to the flecks of lighter color found in the eyes.

Avoid Only Using Light, Pastel Colors

The only thing a person with dark eyes can’t get away with is to go with pastels and lighter colors on their eyes. For the most part, the eye will look extremely washed out during the day or night. Light colors are only going to bring out the whites of the eyes and throw off how the face looks as a whole.

Metallic Colors Can Add Variety

Having black eyes means that gold, silver and bronze can all be used to mix and match with other colors. One option is to go with a metallic colored shadow on the lid and then a colorful eyeliner that runs along the bottom lash line. These metallic colors add diversity without giving a person that washed out look that a pastel color would.

Neutral Colors Work Fine

Those looking for a natural look can utilize neutral colors with ease when it comes to black eyes. This is more about matching the skin color than the actual eyes, but anything from peaches to browns will work. Adding eyeliner can highlight the eyes as well.


The finishing touches include putting on the right mascara. Not only does the color change depending on eye color, but it also changes according to the time of the day. There are a few ways for a person to go in order to get the look they are hoping for. Those going for a natural look should choose brown mascara. Those getting ready for the evening can go pretty dark with the mascara, choosing a shade such as black or navy blue.

Final Thoughts On Makeup Tips For Black Eyes

Dark eyes can really stand out with the right type of makeup added. There are very few limitations when it comes to dark eyes. Each person can read through makeup tips for black eyes over and over again, but finding a specific setup that works still comes down to trial and error.

Hey, fashion divas! Are you ready to try something mysterious and sexy about your makeup? We’ve made a mini collection of top 10 best black eye makeup tutorials for those women who want to try the coolest style makeover yet never know how to make it. These specific step by step tutorials are sure to help you get your desired look. Of course, if you’re good at doing a black eye makeup, you may still have a look and get some more ideas for your next important occasions.

Trendy Black Eye Makeup Idea

Generally speaking, black eye makeup leaves people an impression of somewhat rock style, rebellion, mystery. But in the gallery below, you will find that black eye makeup is more than fashionable. They are noble and graceful when you combine it with some other colors. Adding some shimmering shades is also fabulous.

You should know that by paring with different color, the final black eye makeup could be so pretty adn sexy, faddish and cool… What’s more, if you think your eyes are not big enough to be attractive, you can try the smoky black eye makeup, which works really well to make your eyes charming and twice bigger than themselves.

Now, check these helpful and voguish black eye makeup tutorials by yourself! You will love them. Enjoy!

Stylish Black Eye Makeup Tutorial

Stylish Black Eye Makeup Tutorial

Pretty Black and Pink Makeup Tutorial

Pretty Black and Pink Makeup Tutorial

Awesome Black Makeup Idea

Awesome Black Makeup Idea

Stylish Black and Purple Eye Makeup Tutorial

Stylish Black and Purple Eye Makeup Tutorial

Black and Golden Eye Makeup Tutorials

Black and Golden Eye Makeup Tutorials

Black and Silver Makeup Tutorial

Black and Silver Makeup Tutorial

Black and Brown Makeup Tutorial

Black and Brown Makeup Tutorial

Shimmer Black Eye Makeup Tutorial

Shimmer Black Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step by Step Black Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step by Step Black Eye Makeup Tutorial

Black Eye Makeup for Green Eyes

Black Eye Makeup for Green Eyes

8 easy-breezy tips to keep your eye makeup from smudging, even on the most humid day

Alright now, when was the last time you came home with your eye makeup looking exactly as it did when you left? With the unforgiving humidity here in Singapore, it’s incredibly challenging to maintain that winged liner all day and have your inner corners clear of the notorious black goop.

We’ve all faced outrageous eye makeup meltdowns, even with products that claim to be waterproof and smudge-proof. So how exactly do we keep that eye makeup from running? These eight tips could probably save you!

1. Set your eyeliner with eyeshadow

This tip is an additional step to drawing your eyeliner, but it’s one that guarantees its longevity. Applying eyeshadow of the same colour on top of your liner prevents it from getting rubbed off near the roots of your lashes at the end of the day.

DV Tip: Check out our tips on how to make your eyeliner last longer!

2. Apply translucent powder under your eyes

Want to stop that bottom lash mascara from smudging? Youtube beauty gurus like Wayne Goss and Carli Bybel swear by this trick! Even if you’re used to setting your under-eye area with powder, applying another coat of powder before applying your mascara may prevent it from smearing. Watch the video below to see how Carli does it!

3. Use gel liners instead

Still not giving up on that favourite liquid eyeliner of yours? The reason waterproof eyeliners still smudge on you is because they may not be suitable for you!

If your eye area tends to get oily or watery, you should consider switching products. Opt for waterproof gel liners, which usually have longer staying power! Here are some highly recommended gel eyeliners:

• Mamonde Easy Drawing Gel Eyeliner
• Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner
• Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

4. Try cream or liquid eyeshadows

If regular powder eyeshadows don’t last on your lids, why not opt for liquid to cream eyeshadows? These are most likely to stay on your lids for much longer as soon as they dry down! They’re also quite versatile – you can use it as they are, or as a base (where you can pack on your regular eyeshadow on top to make it more vivid). Here are some products to get you started:

• Moonshot Jelly pot
• Shu Uemura Cream Eye Shadow
• YSL Full Metal Shadow
• Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick
• Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow

5. Make them waterproof with Duraline

If you haven’t heard of Iglot’s Duraline – girl, you’re missing out! It’s basically a clear substance that turns any powder into liquid. Yes, you can glide on your favourite eyeshadow colour like eyeliner with just a drop of this! The best thing about this product is it also makes your makeup budge-proof! This tutorial by Youtuber MsLaviniaful shows the stuff you can do with Duraline.

DV Tip: Use a drop of Duraline in a gel eyeliner pot and it will instantly make it more long-lasting!

6. Stop lining your entire waterline

Hands up if you’re guilty of lining your whole waterline! It’s time to stop collecting those black goop in your inner eyes.

Instead of accentuating your waterline, apply only a third of the bottom outer corners with eyeliner. To make it last longer, apply tip number 1 on this list – top it off with eyeshadow using a pencil or smudge brush! If you do wish to fill in the waterline, opt for a light brown or nude eyeliner instead so it won’t darken your under-eye area as much if it smudges!

7. Don’t skip primer or concealer

Depending on your skin type, you should find a primer or concealer that works for you, in order to achieve the perfect canvas for any eye makeup to go on. If you’ve got oily lids, find a product that dries more to a matte finish, or you can simply set it with powder. Setting the primer or concealer with powder also prevents the makeup from creasing!

DV Tip: Also avoid piling on too much products (this includes your skin care) because that could just be the main cause of your constant creasing and smudging – especially in hot and humid weather!

8. Take Q-tips with you

The last tip Q-ed in this article is probably the simplest and lightest tool you’re still haven’t carried in your makeup bag – Q tips! It’s always useful to take some with you so you can quickly and neatly clean up any smudged areas and reapply your makeup!

5 Application Mistakes Messing Up Your Eye Makeup

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The eyes are a delicate area for makeup application, where product can easily dot, crease, cake, glop, smudge and smear-so it’s probably a safe bet that you’ve encountered one or two eye makeup problems over and over again in your beauty lifetime.

We regularly field complaints about certain problems-from raccoon eyes to gloppy mascara-without hearing any firm solutions for these woes. To settle the matter, we turned to three makeup geniuses for their absolute best eye makeup fixes. Turns out, you might be making simple mistakes that’s throwing off your whole eye makeup game. Here, we let the experts explain.

Problem: Shadow Creasing

Mistake: You’re Skipping a Base

Hate those pesky creases that come with extra-hours shadow wear? NARS lead makeup artist Jenny Smith says those happen when you skip an eyeshadow base. “Before applying shadow, always smooth on a primer like NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base to give the shadow something to adhere to,” she explains. “That way, it won’t get creased.” (See: 4 Makeup Tips for Perfectly Primed Eyes.)

The alternative is using a concealer as your base, says celebrity makeup artist Marni Burton. “My go-to is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in ‘Custard'” says Burton. “It makes the shadow color pop more. Then I’d try a matte shadow-HOURGLASS Modernist Palettes are beautiful. Overlap a sparkle or shimmer directly in the center of the lid if desired.”

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Problem: Cakey Shadow

Solution: You’re Not Hydrating the Lid

If the delicate skin on your eyelids is dry, your shadow will immediately cake. “Be sure to hydrate your eye area using andeye cream, like NARS Total Replenishing Eye Cream,” says Smith. “When the skin is hydrated, the shadow will go on smoothly.”

You also need to use the right products. Although they glide on smooth, cream shadows tend to cake up after a little wear time. “A liquid eye shadow is far more mistake-proof!” says Burton. “ARMANI is the only company to make this so far, and I love it.” Try Giorgio Armani Eye Tint for the look.

Problem: Receding Eyes

Mistake: Your Eyeliner Doesn’t Have Staying Power

Your eyes may seem to recede when you use a darker liner that wears off easily. “It looks great when you apply, then an hour later when you check, it’s faded,” says Burton. “I love Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. It stays perfect for hours on end.”

Another trick is in the application. “Women need to think ‘connect the dots,'” says celebrity makeup artist Julie Morgan. “Do this by connecting your lashes with dashes of liner.” This method really gets down in there between those lashes, so the line won’t fade fast. “I like Chantecaille Le Stylo Ultra Slim in brown, because it has a very fine tip, it’s long-wearing, and it’s easy to control.”

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Problem: Raccoon Eyes

Mistake: You’re Not Setting Makeup or You’re Using the Wrong Pencil

You can solve liner and shadow raccoon eye with the right tricks. For shadow, you need the base, says Burton. “Many people don’t realize that little flakes fall while applying their shadow,” she says. “To prevent this, powder under the eyes beforehand with a product like Laura Mercier Brightening Powder, and then again when you are finishing applying your eye-makeup. At the very end, remember to dust the powder away from mascara with a fan brush like MAC’s 205 Fan Brush.”

If your liners run, Morgan says you’re probably reaching for the wrong product. “My trick is using my Dior Brow Styler in universal brown or Kevyn Aucoin brow pencil as liner in my lower lashes, because the consistency doesn’t budge and the tip is so fine,” says Morgan. “After applying, I sweep or smudge over with a clean brush to take away the extra pigment that will create raccoon eye.” (Want more eye makeup tips? Learn How to Apply Makeup, According to a Makeup Artist.)

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Problem: Gloppy Mascara

Mistake: You’re Wielding Your Wand Incorrectly

According to Burton, not all wands are created equally. “For example, the YSL Babydoll Mascara wand isn’t meant to wiggle back and forth,” Burton explains. “The mascara doesn’t go on smoothly when you do. But MAC Haute and Naughty Too Black Lash are meant to be wiggled back and forth on application.” How do you tell ’em apart? Look at the length. Short bristles probably may do well wiggling, whereas longer bristles will.

When in doubt, though, you can do both. Smith says her application trick is to “always lean your head back and wiggle the wand through lashes, and then comb out at the end for any lashes that may be sticking together.”

If that’s still producing glops, use Morgan’s trick: “I open new mascara and completely clean off the wand to help reduce glop going forward,” she says “Then I pinch the lashes after application if I spot a globby spot.”

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If you’ve ever painstakingly applied eyeliner to your lower eyelid only to end up looking like a raccoon after a few hours, don’t fret—you’re not alone. Sometimes it seems nearly impossible to keep eyeliner from smudging on the bottom. There’s a thin line between “cute, smudged, smoky eye look” and “trash panda,” and it’s a tightrope.

It is possible to keep your eyeliner in place, even on your bottom lid, using a few special tricks. According to professional makeup artists, these tricks will prevent your eyeliner from smudging, migrating south, or disappearing altogether. As a result, you can create pretty much any lower lid eyeliner look you can think of, whether it’s a smoky look or a pop of cerulean blue.

Avoid liquid eyeliner

First things first: Make sure you’re using the right product. Certain eyeliners are much more likely to smudge under your eyes than others. For example, liquid eyeliner smudges super easily on the lower lid, so skip it. Instead, opt for a pencil eyeliner, Patrick Ta tells Cosmopolitan.

For the more advanced, gel eyeliner is another option, though it requires “more blending and a softer application,” makeup artist Lisa Gibson tells StyleCaster.

Look for waterproof formulas

Use waterproof eyeliner only on the lower lash line, Ta says. Even if you intend to line only your actual skin rather than your waterline, a waterproof formula is less likely to budge over time. His favorite is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil, $21.

Give it the creaminess test

A pencil eyeliner that won’t smudge has to be just creamy enough, and it has to pack a strong punch.

“If the eyeliner is too creamy, it will move when you wear it,” celebrity makeup artist Wendy Rowe wrote on Byrdie. “And if the pigments aren’t strong enough, the color simply doesn’t stand a chance in your waterline.”

Rowe recommends a simple test for your next eyeliner: draw a line on your hand, wait a couple seconds, and then smudge it to see if it fades. If it does? Put it back on the shelf. She likes the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, $22.

Prep your skin

Once you’ve found your Cinderella eyeliner—the perfect fit—it’s time to prepare your lids. Smudged makeup is usually the result of oiliness, so it’s best to start with a clean, dry face before applying any eyeliner. If you wear foundation or concealer, apply that before the eyeliner, so that your eyeliner has something to cling to, says Gibson.

Set it with powder

After you’ve successfully lined your lower lid, “use a small brush to apply powder of the same color over it,” Rowe recommends. “Setting it with matching powder is the final seal that’ll keep the liner in place for hours.”

And, every one of these experts recommends another crucial, final step: translucent powder. Apply a powder like the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $38, underneath your lower eyelid to prevent the color from traveling south.

Armed with makeup tips from the pros and a little practice in front of the mirror, you’ll never have the smudged raccoon look again.

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When it comes to our makeup essentials, mascara is forever at the top of our list. No matter how luxe our lashes may be naturally, we want MORE—more volume, more length, more dramatic darkness—and when you find a mascara that gives you that look? It’s a life-changing feeling. But no product is without its issues, and with mascara comes with a few of them: clumps, smudges to smears, mascara problems have been an accepted fact of life—until now. These mascara tips are going to solve ALL your eyelash problems. Read on for the definitive answers to your eyelash prayers!

The problem: Clumps.

Sure, we all want thicker lashes. But there’s a difference between “volume” and “clumps,” and the latter is something NOBODY aspires to.

The solution: Re-hydrate.Mascara gets clumpy when it dries out, so the goal here is to moisten it again. To do this and banish clumps forever, add a couple of drops of alcohol-based eye makeup remover to the tube, STIR (don’t pump!) with the wand, and voila. Thinner, clump-free mascara!

If you find you’re still having clump-problems, you might not be waiting long enough between coats of mascara. Allow each to dry completely (this takes between thirty seconds to a minute) before applying the next.

The problem: Smudges under the eyes.

While Rocket Raccoon may have been the epitome of glamour in Guardians of the Galaxy, we don’t necessarily want to steal his look at work.

The solution: Go waterproof—or at least embrace products with seriously long wear. We’re obsessed with Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash ($23) because it’s truly, genuinely waterproof; we’ve gone swimming in the ocean wearing this mascara and come out with our lashes still totally perfect.

If you’re not into totally waterproof eye makeup, but you still need something with incredibly long wear, NARS Audacious Mascara ($26) is the product for you. We’ve been outspoken about how much we love this mascara, but just to reiterate: it lasts through a full day at work, a sweaty commute AND a serious workout session, all while keeping our lashes curled and dark as night. It’s perfection.

The problem: Mascara “fall” on your cheeks.

Mascara is wonderful when it’s on your lashes. When it’s fallen off and dotting your cheeks? Not so much.

The solution: If your product isn’t dry (see above for how to fix that), it may be the type of mascara that is the culprit. Anything containing microfibers or lengthening “tubes” are especially prone to shedding. Switch your formula and see if that does the trick.

If you absolutely cannot say goodbye to your lash-building mascara, prep your lashes with primer first to reduce fall. A great product like Clinique Lash Building Primer ($15) will help the fibers adhere better to your natural eyelashes. No more little black specks!

The problem: Lashes sticking together.

Not only is this not a good look, it also feels incredibly gross.

The solution: A lash comb. These somewhat intimidating-looking tools have the power to totally revolutionize your makeup life. Not only do they separate out each eyelash, they also remove excess product to give you feathery, natural-looking lashes. And the best part? They’re SO easy to use now!

The problem: Overly-dramatic lower lashes.

Hey, nothing wrong with a little drama—Twiggy served it and did it well. It’s just when there’s TOO much happening under your eyes that your look can get unbalanced.

The solution: Two mascaras. Think about it: using one product and expecting it to do two contradictory things (adding volume on top, but no volume on the bottom) is never going to work. A second mascara with a thinner formula (and a smaller brush) is going to be your best bet for your lower lashes. We love Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara ($10) for natural darkness that doesn’t compete with the rest of you look.

And remember: always apply mascara to your top lashes first. This way, the majority of the product will be deposited there, giving lower lashes a lighter coat.

The problem: Excess dryness.

A truly unfortunate side-effect of painting your lashes—certain waxes can dry out eyelashes, making them feel brittle.

The solution: Lash conditioner. Oh yes, there’s such a thing…and it’s amazing. Jane Iredale’s PureLash Conitioner ($17.50) is like night cream for your eyelashes—put it on at night to keep your eyelashes feeling soft all day. Bonus: because it’s colorless, you can even wear it under your mascara for additional hydration help.

The problem: Expiration dates.

Ah, the eternal question: “How long is my mascara actually good for?” Bacteria is a serious concern for a product worn so close to our eyes!

The solution: When in doubt, throw it out; mascara’s shelf life is around three to six months. If you’re ever not sure how long a product has before its time to kiss it goodbye, look for this little mark on the packaging:

Image c/o Cosmetics Europe.

This is the period-after-opening symbol. It’s required for all products sold in Europe, and it denotes how long a product is good for after it’s been opened for the first time. An M after the number stands for the number of months you can safely use it before its time to throw it away.

The problem: It won’t come off!

We all want our makeup to last, but when mascara clings TOO tenaciously, you can end up with red and painful under-eye skin from rubbing it away.

The solution: Use an oil-based makeup remover, rather than an alcohol-based one. We love Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover ($26) for the quick and luxurious way it removes all of our eye makeup. Many people also swear by straight coconut oil to remove stubborn mascara, but because it can block pores, it may not be suitable for people with certain skin conditions. If you’re unsure, check with your dermatologist!

The problem: Smudges on your glasses.

A show of hands: how many glasses-wearing babes have ever experienced those annoying mascara smudges on your lenses? Yeah, us too.

The solution: Curl your eyelashes. Not only will it prevent them from brushing against your lenses (thus eliminating smudges), it’ll also open up your eyes and make them look especially gorgeous. A really great tool like the Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler ($22) is easy to use and gives curl that will last all day. Curl first, then apply your mascara (NEVER the other way around; that can cause eyelashes to break) and we bet your problem is solved.

The problem: Sensitive eyes.

When everything makes your eyes red and watery, is mascara an option?

The solution: Talk to your doctor. If your eye sensitivity is serious, only your ophthalmologist can tell you if mascara is a good idea. If it is, RMS Beauty’s Mascara ($28) is an excellent option for sensitive eyes. If it isn’t, thank your lucky stars that the no mascara look is back in style!

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DOING your makeup can be a chore, and smudging your mascara at the last minute is enough to drive any woman bonkers.

So how can you avoid the dreaded mascara-on-eyelid smear? Here’s the lowdown on getting smudge-free, fluttery lashes every time.

2 Smudging your mascara at the last minute is enough to drive any woman bonkersCredit: Getty – Contributor

Tips for how to apply mascara perfectly and stop it smudging

Smudged mascara can look messy and really unattractive in comparison to perfectly applied lashings of the product – which can make your eyes look larger and brighter.

Kelly Thornhill, Salon Manager and Beauty Therapist at Leah Durrant Hair Salon and Beauty Re:Treat, told Sun Online her top tips to stop smudging being an issue.

Kelly says:

  • In order to stop mascara from smudging, prepping the skin prior to application is extremely important.
  • Try to avoid applying any oily eye creams around the eye area, as the oil and moisture in these can make your mascara wet and cause it to smudge and try to find lighter creams that are more water-based.
  • Before applying mascara, use a primer. Primer is oil absorbing and will therefore keep oils away from
    your eye area and your eyelashes, stopping mascara from smearing and smudging.

2 When it comes to applying your mascara, try not to ‘zig zag’ with the wandCredit: Getty – Contributor

  • Your eye area can get greasy through the day so it’s also a good idea to use a face powder around the eye area prior to applying mascara to set your makeup in place – mascara is less likely to smear and smudge on a dry, powdered face!
  • When purchasing mascara, it’s also a good idea to opt for a waterproof one. Waterproof mascaras are specially formulated to be water resistant, meaning they will not smear and smudge when they come into contact with moisture like natural oils on the skin.

Meanwhile, when it comes to applying your mascara, try not to “zig zag” with the wand – this will make your lashes “zig zag” too.

Instead, wiggle the wand gently from the roots and pull it straight through your lashes – this will separate your lashes and create a full and fluttery look.



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One of life’s most annoying makeup occurrences is mascara smudging down your entire face. All of that under-eye concealer gets ruined and the perfectly fanned lashes are a mess. The obvious solution would be to just use a waterproof mascara, right? Actually, your mascara may not even be the problem. Pixi’s global makeup artistic director Amanda Bell says the culprit may actually be your eye cream. Allow us to save you from buying 12 new waterproof mascaras in hopes that this may solve your problem: “If you are using a heavy eye cream before applying your mascara, this may be affecting the texture and moisture levels of the mascara,” she said. “The moisture and oils from the eye cream mixes with the heat and oils from the skin. This heat rises up toward the mascara and affects the formula of the mascara, which breaks down the ingredients to form those dreaded mascara bleeds and smudges.”

Bell also told me that, ideally, waterproof mascara shouldn’t be used every day, as the formula is too heavy on the lashes. She advised going for a softer water-resistant mascara instead. A prep mascara such as the Pixi Black Lacquer Lash Primer ($15) or Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer ($22) can also help. The lower lashes are delicate, and using a separate mascara designed specifically for them will help keep desired length without adding more product than the lashes need. The added vitamin E and panthenol in the Pixi Lower Lash Mascara ($11) helps staying power with sensitive and running eyes.

Bell also shared how to create the most elongated lashes possible. She suggested first using a lengthening mascara and then using a volumizing mascara on top. She said that if you go in with two heavy volumizing products, you will change the texture of the lashes altogether rather than just naturally adding to what is there. As well as this, bending the mascara wand will create an extra lift. You’ll end up with a subtle but elongated lash look. Bell, on behalf of every mascara-wearing woman, thank you for helping us avoid the midday panda look.

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