There are few things more embarrassing than finding that your meticulously applied makeup has made its way off of your lids and lashes and decided to settle in dark circles under your eyes. This stellar situation happens for a number of reasons, and here is some advice on how to avoid the dreaded raccoon-eye syndrome and pro-tested tips for keeping your makeup where it belongs.
Check your makeup’s expiration date: Most makeup and beauty products have a small number and letter on the packaging that tells you how long it’s good for. For example, your mascara may say ’12M’ on the packaging, so if it has been longer than 12 months, toss it. When makeup expires, the chemicals within it can break down, meaning it won’t work the way it’s supposed to.
Prime your lids: The eyelid area produces a lot of oil, English says, so it is essential to apply a base to ensure shadows and eyeliners stay put. First dampen your brush just slightly with clean water when applying your base so your makeup won’t budge after application. Then, apply a natural eye cream first, bringing it up to the lid so that it acts as a primer. Let it dry for a few minutes and then apply your eyeshadow, followed by eyeliner. By that point, the eye cream won’t be wet, rather a bit tacky, acting as the perfect primer for eyeshadow and eyeliner. To further lay a base, apply a lighter shadow shade before layering on a darker color.
Embrace the spooly: It is great for combing through your eyelashes to make sure they are all straight and untangled. If you swipe on layers of mascara on tangled or bent eyelashes, the mascara will flake off easier because the tubing of the mascara product—what coats your eyelashes— has a harder time adhering.
Conceal after applying your eye makeup: After you are finished with your eye makeup, apply a light concealer under your eyes. By doing this step after shadow, liner, and mascara, you will be able to wipe off any excess product that landed there without ruining your face makeup. Plus, concealer will help combat oiliness, keeping your under-eye area fresh and clean.
Refresh as needed: Despite your best efforts, makeup can still sometimes get trapped in your under-eye area due to watery eyes and dryness especially in cold, winter months. Your best bet is to carry a small pot of coconut oil in your purse for mid-day touch-ups, preferably one that doubles as a makeup remover and moisturizer.