Smudge Proof Eye Makeup: Keeping Your Look In Place

Smudge proof eye makeup can be tricky, especially in hot weather or a stuffy office. brings you 5 ways to stay panda-proof all day long.

You pop to the bathroom and glance in the mirror, only to see your carefully applied makeup having a party beneath your eyes – wow, just look at those attractive dark circles! Cue frantic rubbing and layers of Touche Éclat… Eye makeup moves because there’s too much oil or moisture around the eye. No-one should be surprised to find moisture near the eye but factor in oily skin, heavy face cream, concealer and hot weather and you could be suffering from makeup meltdown. Achieving smudge proof eye makeup can be difficult for lots of people, but we’ve come up with 5 great ways to fix the problem.

Tip #1 Use waterproof mascara and eyeliner
Best for special occasions or very hot days, since removing it will be a pain! But waterproof or long wear eye makeup just won’t move. A smudge proof mascara we love is award-winning Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara – Black 

Tip #2 Set under-eye concealer with setting powder (“baking”)

Lightly press powder under the eye and leave it in place for a few minutes while you tackle another area. When you’re ready, lightly dust away excess powder from under the eye. You can’t go wrong with Powder

For a super long-lasting look and a brightening effect, ‘baking’ undereyes for 15 minutes is the way to go (see our GIF above). If you have more mature skin and think baking isn’t for you, then take a look at this video by Nisha from SugarPuffAndFluff and see what you think:

Tip #3 Use an eyelid primer

The best solution when you don’t want to go waterproof or use setting powder. Primer will grab makeup and hold it in place all day, so apply primer ALL around the eyes (yes even underneath and over the tear duct!). We really like Elizabeth Arden Advanced Eye Fix Primer

Tip #4 Set eyeliner with eyeshadow
Use an angled brush to go back over eyeliner with matching eyeshadow and ‘set’ the product in place – this is an especially good idea if you used a gel liner.

Tip #5 Change down from foundation to BB cream in the summer
If you can wear lighter makeup for summer then go for it – BB creams aren’t so heavy as foundation and won’t encourage your makeup to move. You’ll use less powder under the eyes and get away with a softer eye look. Check out our Pinterest board for some natural looks.

How did you find our panda eye tips? Did you spot the secret to smudge proof eye makeup? Tell us your tips and tricks in the comments below.

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