A. Does your eyeliner creep from your lash line to the lid crease? If you follow this expert advice from Julie Harris, a New York City makeup artist, your liner will stay put: First apply a thin coat of eye-shadow primer, such as Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($16, urbandecay.com), to clean eyelids, blending it into the creases with a finger. It will give your liner something to adhere to and will prevent the liner from transferring color to the creases. Next, dust a translucent loose powder or skin-colored eye shadow over the primer to set it.
Finally, apply your eyeliner. If you love the defined look of a liquid liner, Harris recommends Lancôme Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner ($30, lancome.com), which dries in seconds. "A cake liner, like Laura Mercier Eye Liner ($20, lauramercier.com), also lasts for the long haul when it's pushed into the lashes with a damp, flat-edged eyeliner brush," says Harris. If you're the traditional pencil type, draw a line and top it with a similar-color eye shadow to set it. Harris likes Prescriptives Softlining Pencil ($17.50, prescriptives.com) because it's soft and easy to blend for a smoky eye look.
These steps should guarantee smearless eyes, but if you're still nervous, sweep on a clear makeup sealer, like Benefit She Laq ($30, benefitcosmetics.com), to protect against smear-inducing water and humidity. With these few simple application tricks, that liner will last until you're ready to wash it off.
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