How to Keep Eyeliner From Smudging on Lower Lid

By Audrey Farley

Eyeliner defines the eyes and makes them pop. But, like other cosmetics, it has a tendency to smudge if not applied correctly. To help your eye makeup last throughout the day all it takes is the right materials and these application techniques.

These application techniques can prevent dreaded eyeliner smudges.

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 smudges more easily on the lower lid.

Step 3

Apply eye shadow on top of the liner to seal it and prevent running. Dab the corners of your lid as well. Make sure to use a shade of shadow that matches the color of the eyeliner.

Step 4

Use waterproof, smudge-proof eyeliner, especially if you're applying it to the waterline. Whether you apply to the waterline or just beneath the lashes, only extend the line to two-thirds of the eye. Leave the inner corner near the tear duct unlined since this area causes makeup to clump.

Step 5

Apply a thin and soft line because heavily applied makeup tends to smudge. Remove eyeliner with makeup remover and cotton swab before reapplying. Never supplement eyeliner with a second layer.

Step 6

Apply mascara after eyeliner and eyeshadow.