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Beauty Buzz: How to Stop Your Eyeliner from Smudging


Lining your water line with white has become a trend after its recent appearances on the runway. While it may be trendy now, using white eye liner is a timeless trick for creating fresh-faced looks as it makes the eyes appear larger and more open.

The most problematic issue with lining the waterline is keeping the color from smudging or disappearing entirely. Below are a few tips to keep your makeup in place all day.



-Use a high quality cream-base liner. Liquid liners are not for your waterline! They will smudge quickly. A good option is something like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Yeyo".

-Use a matching eye shadow or translucent setting powder to set your eyeliner. The powder will absorb moisture that would otherwise smudge or remove the liner making your look last longer. If using a translucent setting powder, be careful to find one that will not alter the color of the liner. Most “translucent” setting powders are actually white, so if you are trying to set brown or black eyeliner on the waterline the color will be changed with the addition of a bad setting powder to something more muted. For lining your waterline with colors other than white, a good translucent setting powder is the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in "Translucent".

-Use a small flat brush or a cotton swab to pat the eye shadow or powder on. Heads up; if your powder is pricey, use a flat brush! Cotton swabs waste powder because it collects in the twists of the fine fibers, so most of your expensive powder will end up in the trash––not on your eyes.

-This process can be uncomfortable so careful not to get powder in your eye! Pulling your lid gently away from your eye can help in the beginning. Don’t make pulling on your eyes a habit because it can encourage wrinkles. Moving your lid is just for practice until you get the hang of putting a powder on your waterline.

The effort is worth it! Fallout and smudging is minimal and the powder will absorb moisture from your waterline for a look that can last all day (or night).

Go forth and color those waterlines fearlessly because you know you won’t be looking like a raccoon reject five minutes after leaving the house.

By: Leah Marie Walkiewicz | Image: Source

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