How to Keep Eyeliner From Smudging on the Lower Eye

By Audrey Farley

Eyeliner defines the eyes and makes them pop, dramatically improving your appearance. But eyeliner, like other cosmetics, has a tendency to smear and smudge if not applied correctly. To prevent smudging on the lower lid of the eye and make your cosmetic last all day, use the right materials and follow certain application techniques.

Black and brown are typical colors for eyeliner.

Step 1

Wash and dry your face, especially around the eyes, before applying makeup. Oils in the skin enable smudging.

Step 2

Use a gel liner or pencil on the lower eye. Avoid liquid liner, which works well on the upper eye but more easily smudges on the lower lid.

Step 3

Use eye shadow on top of the liner to seal it and prevent running and smudge. Dab the tip of a cotton swap on eye shadow and gently apply the powder to the lower lid, directly on top of eye liner. Dab the corners of the eye lid as well. Use a shade of eye shadow that matches the color of the eye liner.

Step 4

Use waterproof, smudge-proof eye liner, especially if applying it to the waterline, which is the inner rim of the eye between the eye ball and the eye lashes. Whether you apply to the waterline or just beneath the lashes, depending on your preferences, only extend the line to two-thirds of the eye. Leave the inner corner of each eye (near the tear duct) unlined, since this area causes goop.

Step 5

Apply a thin and soft line. Heavily applied makeup smudges more easily. Remove eye liner with makeup remover and cotton swab before reapplying. Never supplement eyeliner with a second layer.

Step 6

Apply mascara after, rather than before, applying eyeliner and eye shadow.