3 Quick Fixes for Raccoon Eyes

Sweat, tears, oily lids—these are all causes for under-eye smudges. Makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci shares her secrets for keeping a look in place.

1

Use a lightweight eye cream.

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“A rich eye cream may feel great going on at the crack of dawn, but the thick texture tends to leave behind a greasy residue, which can cause shadow, liner, and mascara to smear, especially as the temperature increases and oil production revs up,” says Ciucci, who is based in New York City. Reserve luxurious creams for nightly use, and for daytime invest in a serum, like Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum ($20, target.com). You’ll still get a dose of moisture without the risk of messing up your makeup.

2

Weatherproof your eye makeup.

When choosing eye makeup, opt for those labeled “waterproof,” “water-resistant,” or “24 hour” on the packaging. For shadow, try L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow ($8, drugstore.com). For liner, try Laura Geller I-Care Waterproof Eyeliner ($20, laurageller.com). And for mascara, try Rimmel Wonder’Lash Waterproof Mascara ($8, target.com). These formulas are made to withstand humidity and stay in place, so despite the elements, your makeup won’t budge. The catch: They set faster, so blend quickly. If your lids are especially oily, prep them with an eye-shadow primer, like Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer ($29, benefitcosmetics.com) or a dab of concealer to prevent the shadow from creasing and falling off.

3

Powder below your eyes.

After applying concealer under your eyes, dust on loose powder, like Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($25, sephora.com), to absorb oil and reduce smudging. For emergencies, stash Almay Oil-Free Eraser Sticks ($5, target.com) in your bag or desk drawer to clean up smears. They come premoistened with makeup remover to whisk away debris in seconds.