Any gal with oily eyelids understands the struggle of keeping eye makeup in place. Those lucky enough to have lids which satisfy shadow for an entire day have probably suggested their favorite primer, in an effort of helping you out. So, maybe you gave a try, and – while we hate to be pessimistic – chances are that the oil of your lids reigned over the primer by noon. Another makeup product bites the dust, eh? If it makes you feel any better, we’ve all been there at one point or another.
So, what gives? According to dermatologists, we all have oil glands on our eyelids, many of which are located along the line of the eyelash with the job of adding oil to our tear film. The purpose of all this is to provide an oil-water lubricant to the eye – the oil being an essential component in preventing the water in the lubricant from evaporating. It just so happens that some individuals produce more oil others. While we can’t put a total stop to the oil production of the eyelids, there are a few measures we can take to prevent it from ruining your eye makeup. Check out the pro vetted tips below and start enjoying a life with less instances of smudged mascara, chunked shadow, and faded liner.
Chill with the Eye Cream
We’re all for a heavy, nourishing eye cream in the name of a youthful appearance, but it may be time to re-evaluate your application methods. Find a heavy eye cream for nighttime (this is likely the one that you already use), and a lighter cream for daytime use. When choosing a daytime eye cream, opt for an oil-free formula that’s meant for everyday use. Also, be sure that when you are applying your eye cream, you are avoiding your eyelid and focusing on the area of the ocular bone.
Start with an Oil Free Base
It may seem like a no-brainer, but when’s the last time you made sure your eyelids were totally oil free before applying shadow? Not many of us do! However, incorporating this extra step into your makeup routine can get you a few extra hours of wear. All you need to do is saturate a cotton pad with oil-free makeup remover and give your eye area – lids, lashes, and all – a quick and gentle wipe down. Give them a few moments to dry before absorbing any remaining oil with a sheet of blotting paper. Now you can proceed to apply an oil-free eye primer and make those peepers pop.
Let it All Set In
We’re positive that as a reader of our blog, you know the importance of a quality translucent powder. For those of you who need a refresher, here goes: translucent powder is totally colorless and works to emulsify the products on your skin so that they set evenly allowing pigments of all consistencies to stay in place for hours. If we’re already applying translucent powder to keep our concealer, foundation, bronzer, blush, and highlighter in place. It only makes sense to apply a dusting to our upper eyelids. Not only will this prevent the oil from surfacing, but it will also allow you to blind without your shadow clumping up.