There are several steps you can take to prevent your eyeshadow from smearing:
- Start with a clean and dry eyelid: Make sure your eyelids are free from any oil, dirt, or leftover makeup before applying eyeshadow. Use a gentle cleanser or makeup remover to thoroughly clean your eyelids before beginning your makeup routine.
- Prime your eyelids: Applying an eyeshadow primer helps create a smooth surface for the eyeshadow and enhances its longevity. Pick a primer specifically designed for the eyelids, apply a thin layer, and blend it well across your lids.
- Set your primer: To ensure your eyeshadow adheres properly and stays in place, set your primer with a translucent powder or a skin-toned matte eyeshadow. This step helps absorb any excess oil on your lids and provides a base for your eyeshadow.
- Use an eyeshadow base: If your eyeshadow still tends to smudge, consider using an eyeshadow base or a creamy eyeshadow before applying your powder eyeshadows. The base acts as a sticky adhesive, preventing the eyeshadow from creasing or smearing.
- Choose quality eyeshadows: Opt for high-quality eyeshadows that have good pigmentation and long-lasting formulas. Matte or satin finish eyeshadows tend to stay in place better than shimmery ones, which may have more fallout.
- Apply thin and even layers: Instead of packing on a thick layer of eyeshadow all at once, apply thin and evenly blended layers. This helps the eyeshadow adhere better and reduces the chance of it creasing or smearing.
- Use an eyeshadow sealant: Consider using an eyeshadow sealant or setting spray specifically formulated to lock in your eyeshadow and prevent smudging. Apply a light mist over your finished eyeshadow look to keep it intact throughout the day.
- Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes: Once your eyeshadow is applied, avoid touching or rubbing your eyes as this can smudge the eyeshadow. If you need to itch or rub your eyes, try to do it through closed eyelids or use a clean tissue instead.
Remember, everyone's skin type and eye shape may impact the wear-time and smudging of eyeshadows. Experiment with different techniques, products, and primer combinations to find what works best for you.