The average woman, especially us Indian women, consider putting a line of kajal before stepping out, even for grocery shopping. Smudged eyeliner, or kajal, is a big NO NO, unless you’re acting sick, or are into smokey eyes. Here sharing with you 6 ways to avoid a smudged eyeliner.
Be For Beauty tells you how to keep your eyeliner in tact, sans smudging, or creasing in between lines.
6 ways to avoid a smudged eyeliner
- Clean up your act: Sweat, humidity or tears (while watching a Rom-Com the night before) can lead to oily lids which that can lead to smeared eyeliner. So first up, wash your eyes with cool water and a mild facewash to remove any dirt and impurities. We like Nuetrogena Deep Cleansing Facial Cleanser and Biore Acne Clearing Scrub.
If you still see any make-up residue use a Q-tip dipped in make-up remover or baby oil to get squeaky clean.
- Use an eye primer: Wipe it with a soft towel, moisturize if need be and then use a primer like e.L.F. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer. Not only does it work as a base for your make-up but also helps it stay put in one place.
Use your ring finger to apply it over your eyelids without putting pressure on your eyes.
- Choose waterproof formulas: Sometimes it’s just the shape of our eyes or the texture of our skin that makes our liner smudge. So your best bet would be to buy and stick waterproof or longwear pencils. The formula used is such that the pigment of the colour should ideally last even if you wash your face. I found M.A.C Liquid Eye Liner to be quite popular but one of the largest selling eyeliners is, Lakme Insta Eye Liner is water-resistant.
- Go gel-proof: If you’re a pro at acing the winged liner or at smokey eyes, why not just switch to gel eyeliner? My favourite is Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner. The only thing with gel liners is since they dries out quickly, you need to correct mistakes within 3-4 seconds. So keep a couple of cotton buds on your dresser.
- Powder to the rescue: This is a trick that I find helpful on those days you decided to go really thick liner. After you are done putting kajal on the waterline of your eyes, take an eyeshadow brush and swipe some translucent, loose powder. Now, carefully, move the brush along the waterline, covering the area right under your liner. You can start from the innermost corner, taking very little powder in your brush and move slowly towards the end of the liner. Do this slowly so that you do this neatly and avoid creasing it with your liner.
- Always go packing: If you know you’re going to be outdoors which could mean a lot of sweat or smoke, it’s better you add a couple of cotton buds, wet wipes and a compact of loose powder to avoid looking like you’ve just cried in the restroom.
Also published on PopXo.
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