There’s nothing more frustrating when it comes to makeup than eyeliner which you spend time applying only to have it disappear within an hour or two.
Long lasting eyeliner comes from choosing the right product in the first place (some types tend to last longer than others) and then applying it properly so that it doesn’t slide off your skin or seem to disappear into thin air.
Here are some tips to make sure your eyeliner lasts.
Use Liquid Eyeliner If You Can
The longest lasting type is waterproof liquid eyeliner. Once it’s set, you will need makeup remover to get rid of it. It’s just a bit unfortunate that liquid eyeliner is the hardest type of eyeliner to learn how to apply correctly and therefore it is not a solution for everyone, unless you’re prepared to spend plenty of time on perfecting your technique.
In any case, you may want a smudgy look, which is better created with other types of eyeliner but, of course, you still want your eyeliner to stick around.
The next best long lasting eyeliner (and also good for creating a smoky look, as it sets more slowly) is waterproof gel liner – try that if you struggle with the liquid type. The Starry Eyeliner (pictured above) or Maybelline Lasting Drama by EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner are good ones to buy.
Prime Your Eyelids
The eyelids are generally one of the oiliest parts of the face and it is easy for makeup to crease or run off. Don’t make this worse by applying eye cream before your eyeliner or creamy eyeshadow.
It’s better to use a primer before your eye makeup such as NYX eye shadow base which is the perfect base for applying makeup. Alternatively you could prime your eyes with foundation, translucent powder and powder eyeshadow to give your eyeliner the best chance of sticking around.
Combat Watery Eyes
If your eyes water easily, they are probably quite sensitive to all kinds of environmental factors as well as eye makeup. Choose hypoallergenic eyeliner to prevent reaction and avoid putting eyeliner on the waterline.
Layer Your Eyeliner
If you use pencil, set the line with a shadow in a similar color. If you use liquid or gel, draw a line first of all in pencil and then follow the line with your eyeliner. It makes application easier and you have double the chance of your makeup lasting.
Prevent Meltdown With Powder
For eyeliner along the lower lash line, apply a tiny amount of translucent powder with a cotton swab below the eyeliner. This will prevent liner melting down as there will be a powder “barrier” to stop it.
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
Rubbing your eyes is the worst thing you can do if you want your makeup to last. Not only will you rub off the makeup where you want it to stick around, you will end up with raccoon eyes. Not a good look!
This is something that we tend to do unconsciously but if you want your eye makeup to look good all day you have to get out of the habit of doing it. Start to notice when you do it so that you can try and stop yourself. The more you stop yourself the more used you will get to not doing it.
Reapply If Necessary
Don’t expect your eyeliner to last 24 hours no matter what its called (thank you to brand 24/7 for that myth) unless you have the cast iron waterproof type (and even that can flake off if you rub your eyes).
Be ready to refresh your eyes when they need it – hopefully not too often if you apply your liner correctly and follow these tips.
Eyeliner Along The Inner Rims
For eyeliner along the inner rims of your eyes, use a waterproof pencil like the Powerpoint Eye Pencil by MAC and draw the line as close to the lower lashes as possible along the water line. Your eyeliner may not stay put forever but it will stay put for longer than other pencils.
As this is the hardest place for liner to stay put, try lining your eyes just below the waterline taking in the roots of the lower lashes. You may find that this is a more flattering look for you anyway or that a line which sticks around all day there is better than a line on the inner rims of your eyes, which disappears within an hour or two.