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6 Magic makeup tricks for longer-lasting eyeshadow

How to prevent fading and smudging of eyeshadow, so your makeup looks good all day

If you’re sick of your beautiful eyeshadow smudging and fading halfway through lunch, these tips will help you make it last longer, look better and feel smoother.

Basically, to make any product last longer on your face you’ve got to moisturize. In other words, create a smooth base without any creases so that the makeup can stay put instead of slipping and sliding. There’s lots of ways to do this so listen up!

Tip 1: Primer

Start with a primer. It’s the same concept of applying primer on your face before foundation, but for eyelids. You may think it’s not worth it to spend money on a primer, but trust me. It really works! Primer will smooth your eyelids and help the eyeshadow to adhere to it without creasing. And actually, good primers don’t have to be expensive. Want proof? Check out e.l.f.’s super cheap eye makeup.

Tip 2: Concealer

If primer doesn’t do the trick, try applying a concealer base. Reason #1 to do this is because it’s a lighter shade than your eyelid and will make the eyeshadow pop. Reason #2 is that it will force the eyeshadow powder to stay put until you decide to take it off.

It works best if you top off the concealer with loose powder so that it sets properly.

Tip 3: Cream eyeshadow

OK, don’t panic. I’m not saying replace all your beloved eyeshadow palettes with cream pots. But since we need a smooth, even-colored base to start with, investing in a pale cream eyeshadow is a good idea. You can use it as an eyelid base for all your powder eyeshadows. It will definitely help your eye makeup last longer and look prettier.

Tip 4: Water

Water solves a lot of problems when it comes to skin and eyeshadow is no exception. Before applying any eyeshadow, spray your makeup brush with some water. Don't overdo it. You want just enough to help the eyeshadow spread smoothly. As an added bonus the eyeshadow color will look even better because the water makes it more vivid. Translation: Your eyes will look more gorgeous!

Tip 5: The right brush

How to prevent fading and smudging of eyeshadow, so your makeup looks good all day

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Obviously, you can’t use a giant powder brush on your eyelid. The eyes are a tricky area because of the small corners and delicate eyelids. You have to have the right brushes to apply the eyeshadows correctly and EcoTools is a great place to start looking for them. Even though there are tons of eye brushes out there, there are two basic ones you need for eyeshadow: A brush to apply and spread, and a brush to smudge.

An eyeshadow “C” brush is the one used for applying because it’s fluffy but eyelid sized. A small, stiffer brush is used for smudging to create looks like the smoky eye.

Tip 6: Setting mist

Setting spray is for when you really want your makeup to stay put, and it works for all facial makeup. With one spray of stuff like Clarins Fix’ Make-Up, your makeup is sealed in place, the colors look brighter and your face feels refreshed. It’s a really easy way to keep your eyeshadow and other makeup on all day long.

If your eyes don’t look gorgeous all day by following these tips, you can hold me personally responsible! (But I’m 99 percent sure you’ll see the difference.) These were the tips I gathered from some trials and many errors, but do you have any more to add to the list?

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