You leave your house looking like the smoky-eyed goddess that you are. By midday you are a mere shadow of your former self. That expertly flicked liner is now halfway to your ear and those meticulously fanned lashes have left a trail of soot-colored flecks--everywhere. Here, five steps to minimize the fallout.
1. Start with a clean slate. Before you even start applying makeup, swipe your lids with an oil-free remover to pick up any excess residue that may not have come off during last night’s face wash. Then give them a good pat down with a blotting paper (or coffee filter) to make sure there is no moisture left on the lids.
2. Lay on a primer. It acts like a magnet for any makeup that follows. Just make sure you let it dry for a minute before loading on the liner. Don’t have a primer? Use your concealer and top it off with a matte shadow for a similar effect.
4. Line, load and layer. Line your eyes with your favorite pencil and load your lashes with a coat of mascara. Repeat to reinforce the color so it won’t fade. We’d advise you to skip the under-eye altogether, but if you really need the extra definition, use a brow pencil for your lower rims. It has a finer tip for a more precise application and is waxier than liners, which makes it less likely to budge.
5. Set with shadow. Now here’s the grand finale: Go over the lines with a shadow in a matching shade to really set things in place.