The trick to making eyeshadow last longer

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Let’s talk oily eyelids. Gross, right? But they’re the reason why your eyeshadow winds up migrating into the crease of your lids, instead of staying put like it’s supposed to. And honestly, there’s almost nothing worse—especially when you’ve spent half an hour on a meticulous smoky eye.

tricks eyeshadow primer guerlain 0309 The trick to making eyeshadow last longerOne way to counteract this phenomenon is to prime your lids before you slick on the shadow. Right now, I’m testing out Guerlain’s new Ombre Éclat Eye Primer ($33, available at Guerlain boutiques, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and department stores). It’s a creamy powder that helps shadow adhere, and it also treats the eye area thanks to smoothing polymers and hydrating dry oils. The verdict? It still doesn’t make shadow budge-proof, but it’s a heck of a lot better than going without primer at all.

In a pinch, you can also use a thin layer of liquid concealer or foundation to prep the lids, and then dust with powder. This will help soak up some of the oils on your lids and give the shadow something to grip on to.

tricks waterproof eyeshadow dior 0309 The trick to making eyeshadow last longerOr, you can simply switch from your usual eyeshadow to a waterproof cream version. Since I usually can’t be bothered with the extra steps of primer, concealer, foundation and/or powder, this is my favourite time-saving trick. Dior makes a waterproof shadow called Eye Show—I love Undressed Beige, a shimmery, goes-with-anything shade. You can also try Clinique Touch Base for Eyes or Revlon ColorStay 12-Hour Eyeshadow.


Tuesday, September 15/2009 at 1:38 am

Ok, it’s strange to apply, but Philips Milk of Magnesia (blue bottle, around $3 @ Target) will soak up all the oils on the skin without seeping into the pores. For people with oily skin like me, this is a great, cheap, dependable trick! I use it everyday and no longer have to worry about getting super oily skin where I don’t want it; including my lids!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 15/2009 at 8:27 am

Wow, great trick! I will have to try it!


Tuesday, March 29/2011 at 10:57 am

I personnaly use Lemon Aid from Benefit, a yellow cream primer that takes out the redness in your eyelids as well as preserve the eyeshadow for a long time!


Friday, January 18/2013 at 12:27 am

i use urban decay primer in original! it’s $2o at sephora and it lasts for a super long time! =)


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