Friday, January 31, 2014

How To Prevent Eyemakeup Smudges

Lindsey's mascara: Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

We've all seen it. Pesky remnants of eyeliner stamped across the eyelids. Black dots and lines streaked underneath the eyes. Most of us are busy ladies, and dealing with eyemakeup smudges is something we just don't have time for.

We recently got a question from a reader about how to prevent smudging, and we thought it would be a great topic to address. Smudges can be prevented! In this post, I'm going to share my typical eye makeup routine with you, step-by-step, which should help you avoid smudges.

Prep your lids. Try starting with a great primer like, Stila's Prime Pot (love!). This is a great little product that will help keep your eyeshadow from creasing. (In a pinch, I have even used it as an undereye concealer!). Next, use a good, pigmented eyeshadow. Eyeshadow is important if you wear eyeliner. I've found that if I skip it, I can count on having eyeliner smudges all over the place. A good eyeshadow will act as a nice barrier and will prevent picking up traces of your eyeliner.

Primer: Stila 
Eyeshadow: Lancome, TwoFaced, Chanel, & Estee Lauder.

Layer your liner. Make sure to use a quality pencil eyeliner. Again, go for a pigmented formula. If it's not very pigmented, it will be annoying to use and you will not easily achieve a nice, dark line. This next step is optional: I always follow with a layer of liquid liner right on top. I never have smudging issues when I use it. I've found that it locks down my eyeliner nicely. I love it! If you don't have a lot of experience using liquid liner, it may take some practice. A rookie mistake is not letting it dry thoroughly after it has been applied. Try to keep your eyes as close to being shut as possible until dry. Be patient if you're learning : ). I suggest opting for a longwear or waterproof formula.

Pencil: Chanel, Estee Lauder, MAC
Liquid: Lancôme, & Maybelline's waterproof formula
Click here and here to read more about liquid liners we like.

Opt for waterproof mascara. Waterproof is probably the way to go if you have issues with mascara smudging. Since waterproof formulas can be more difficult to remove, be sure to use a good eyemakeup remover (and wipe away gently so you don't rub lashes off!).

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara 

(Read what we've previously said about it here)


Let me know if y'all have questions!
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  1. Awesome to see your frequent blog posts, keep it up girls! :)

    1. Thanks for keeping up!! Would love for you to become a follower if you are not already! xoxo

  2. Wow! just in time! I've been having problems with my makeup smudging and had just been thinking about looking something up on in. Thanks gals! this was very helpful

  3. Love how this post is written. Very informative! :)

    Seriously though, why is your face so perfect? Not trying to be creepy (haha), but you and your sister are two of the prettiest bloggers around.

    1. Thank you so much! : ) And what a very sweet compliment!!! : ) xoxo

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    1. Hey Abigail! Thank you so much for nominating us!! We are so honored, and we're so glad you like our site. We actually just got nominated for this award by ForVanitysSake, but we will still enjoy answering the questions on your site! Thank you again for listing us : ) xoxox

  5. Brilliant post and great job with these tips!! Thank you!

  6. The eyeliner looks perfect in the picture! Followed you back :)

  7. The eye makeup looks lush!
    Great tips beautifull :)

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    XOXO Happy Sunday doll ❤

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    1. Katherine, thnx for your lovely comment, and thnx for following! : )

  9. i also tilt my head to avoid smudges from mascara. great tips


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