Alicia Phan
Alicia Phan
@youphancyhuh

How I Keep My Eyeliner on All Day

Eyeliner is the one product I refuse to live without. Even on my lighter makeup days, I will always wear it. It’s an easy way to make my eyes pop, and it’s really fun drawing in the “wings.” But after five hours, sometimes parts of my eyeliner are smudged off or somehow move below my eyes.

My first thought is always, “It’s definitely the eyeliner’s fault.” But after trying out various liners, I realized that not all of them are the enemy and that I might be doing something wrong. Here are a couple of tricks I’ve learned to help make my liner stay put.

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Just like setting your face with loose powder, you should set your eyeliner with an eyeshadow that matches your eyeliner. All my eyeliners are black, so black eyeshadow is a must-have. I recommend Rodial Smokey Eye Sculpt Eye Shadow Palette in Number Six because it’s not only super-pigmented but I don’t get a lot of fallout with it. A lot of eyeliners have a tacky finish, so layering eyeshadow over top really helps keep it in place.

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That gap between your eyelashes and your actual eyes is called a tightline. Lining the tightline can really help fill the space between your lashes and your liner. Even if your eyeliner starts wearing off throughout the day, it doesn’t look as noticeable because the gaps are all filled in and you won’t see any skin. You can use any pencil liner, but my go-to is NYC’s Cityproof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil.

If all else fails, pick up a mascara wand. Sometimes life gets really busy and I don’t have time to pick up a new liner, but I always carry mascara to plump up my lashes throughout the day. If you take an eyeliner brush, like the one you use for gel liners, and dip it into your mascara, you can use it to touch up your liner. This tip is great for emergencies and shows how multipurpose products can be.

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Last but not least, find a liner that gets the job done the way you like it. I discovered Guerlain Paris L’Art Du Trait Precision Felt Eyeliner a couple of months ago, and it’s my new fave. The felt tip brush allows me to apply my eyeliner smoothly, and I can use it to build the liner up for a bold wing or a subtle look.