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Published on: 16 Apr 2012 by isy

Eye Make-up: Preventing a Messy Situation

I’m sure by now most of you know that I am addicted to dramatic eye makeup looks.

For me, making the eye the focus point of any look gives me so much confidence, the eyes are window to the soul after all.

But what isn’t very attractive is creased eye shadow, running mascara or eye shadow disappearing halfway through your day or night.

Unfortunately all of the above have happened to me before and I vowed to find a solution and I am happy to say that I have.

These tips and products are great for those of you who, like me, have oily lids. In the past I had terrible luck with cream shadows in particular. They would never stay put and wound up creasing and smudging and blending in with the other colours, creating a not so hot mess.

So if you are interested in perfect and mess free eyes keep reading

1.       USE A PRIMER

I cannot stress this enough. An eye primer DOES PREVENT CREASING and also increases the staying power of your shadows. Apply primer to the lid of your eyes as well as the bottom lash line if you are going to apply shadow or liner there.

2.       POWDER

After applying the primer use a face powder to gently mattify the eye area. Use your finger (or a makeup sponge) to gently TAP the area. Do not tug or drag the product onto the eye but rather use tapping motions to set the primer.

For most people these two steps are enough (and if you do not have a problem with messy eyes  you can stop here and apply your shadows as normal, But if you need a bit of extra help move on to number 3

3.       EYE PENCIL

This is a trick I learnt very recently and to be honest I was actually surprised that it worked this well.

You will need 2 eye pencils , A WHITE ONE AND A BROWN ONE.

Cover the entire lid with white eye pencil and using your index finger gently tap the lproduct until it is blended. The lid will look unnaturally light but that’s ok because once you apply your shadows over it ,you won’t see the white.

I have heard of and tried eye shadow bases but I found that using a cream base does not help with preventing a meltdown. A pencil does not add extra moisture to the lid and has a dual purpose: It helps the shadow stick to your eyes and the white also makes the shadows appear brighter and more vibrant.


The next step is to find the perfect brown eye pencil. The Brown should be 2-3 shades darker than  your skin and the pencil should be VERY VERY SOFT!

Using the pencil line the outer V of your eye and take the line right into your crease, stopping  2/3 of the way in. The line should not be dramatic but you should be able to see it. Using your finger or a smudging brush, blend the line to create a ‘Barrier’ around the eye. No shadow will be transferred above the line.

4.       Apply your eye shadows as normal. If you are using cream eye shadows always be sure to set them with a matching eye shadow powder to prevent them from sliding /sweating off your lids.

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions let me know below.

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