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.

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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.