January 12, 2015

Prevent Oily Lids From Ruining Your Makeup

Makeup Hacks

I don’t have oily lids but in order to prevent them from ruining your makeup there’s a simple trick that might save your eyeshadow and eyeliner if you’re prone to oily lids and eyes!

Take a look at this helpful trick to save your oily lids!

If you have oily lids you’ve likely suffered through creasing eyeshadow and smearing eyeliner and mascara! The solution? Powder your eyes!

Get yourself a blending brush, the MAC 217 is great for the job or better still if you have a fibre blending brush like the MAC 286 that works a treat too. I personally use the blending brush that came with my Bobbi Brown Concealer Powder as it’s shaped like the MAC 217 but the bristles are a touch softer. You want a brush that has soft slightly floppy bristles, something you can sweep across your eyes easily.

Now get your favorite powder! Something soft and silky works best! I use The Skin Food Dark Circle Powder but MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or MAC Prep Prime CC Colour Correcting Loose Powder is perfect as well.

I like to have something for the powder to adhere to prior to application so I suggest applying Benefit Lemon Aid on your lids followed up with your favorite eyeshadow primer prior to swirling your brush in your powder of choice, tapping off excess, and proceeding to dust onto your lids! Do so prior to eyeshadow application. After your shadow and eyeliner is in place you can very gently follow up with another dusting of powder.

That’s it!

The powder makes for a perfect prep for eyeshadows and will keep oil at bay for a few extra hours. I find the combination of Lemon Aid, Eyeshadow Primer, and Powder to set really keeps shadows sealed on so they aren’t slipping and sliding all over oily lids.

How do you prep your eyes and prevent oily lids from ruining your makeup?

Do share!

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  • Bonnie S.

    Sounds like something worth trying. I just got a Stila palette and the colours are so vivid I want them to stay that way all day. I’ll try this techique out and let you know how it works! As for oil, I am generally oilier than anybody I’ve ever met, so this is a sincere problem for me.

    • Isabella Muse

      bonnie let me know if it works for you!!!!!!!!! I understand, my sis has oily lids that drive her nuts but it’s a good thing, means your eyes are nice and young looking for many years to come 😀

      • Lorelei Scott

        True! My skin is oily, and my eyelids get shiny in the day spoiling my liquid eyeliner BUT I have not one wrinkle and I’m 41:) I will definitely try this tip though:)

  • Phyrra

    I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance and that solves the problem for me. I have recently started using NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder on top of my primer, and then applying eyeshadow, and I bet that would help ultra oily lids. My eyes are pretty oily but normally TFSI is perfect for me.

  • Suzanne

    I have super-oily eyelids and here’s what I do. First, I apply foundation, then blot with a tissue or regular toilet paper. Then I apply powder and, finally, eyeshadow primer. This keeps my eyeshadow from creasing all day and well into the night unless I’m in sauna-like summertime conditions. In that case, in the mid-afternoon I blot my eyelids with tissue again, lightly powder and re-apply a light dusting of eyeshadow if necessary.

  • Katherine T.

    I’m going to try that trick! I also have oily lids (one is really hooded too) and tried so many different primers, without much success. Then I found something that works great. First, I apply Paulas Choice Resist Super Light Daily Wrinkle Defense Moisturizer with SPF 30 on the lids. It soaks up oil like crazy (people also use it as a face primer but I don’t like it on my drier face). Then I apply the eye primer on top. Wet N Wild Fergie Take On the Day is great and runs clear. Bare Minerals Advanced 5-in-1 BB Cream in Linen is my skin color, so doubles as a concealer too. Then I apply my shadows. I’ve been able to get my shadows to last 12-15 hours with this method.

  • TwirlyGirly

    I think the best type of powder to use for this purpose would be one that has the main components of a primer, but in powder form (a silicone, and silica…silica absorbs oil and moisture). Two that come to mind are e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder (which contains Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate) or Wrinkle Blur from MakingCosmetics.com (which consists of ONLY Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, and silica). Either one of these can be used as a finishing powder OR primer under your makeup (face and/or eye). Powders that contain talc as their primary ingredient, as opposed to a silicone and silica, may not perform as well for this purpose.

  • Eriu

    This trick also helps with watery eyes at keeping your eyeshadow from creasing (even with waterproof primer I still would get creasing and cracking if I don’t set it with powder!). This also helps shadows blend better over tenacious primers like Lime Crime or the NYX waterproof primer. I use the Real Techniques pink brush for highlighting and setting and just gently bounce it over the primer once it sets and shadow finally lasts all day!

  • gail

    Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Continuous Almond over your whole lid and under your brow, then gently patted out. It not only lightens the area but the dry-ish texture is a great primer and keeps oil at bay–and my shadows on much longer.

  • Stacey

    I have always battled with my oily lids but now that I’m getting older my lids look terrible if I use something that dries them out too much, I can’t seem to find that perfect concoction

  • jeansco

    Muji has a 2-colour eyeshadow pan, half is pearl and the other half is more shimmery and fine glitter. It comes in pale pink and gold and is really fine in texture and makes a really good base colour and highlight. I use it with Too Faced eye primer and any other eyeshadow that I use on top of it won’t crease from my oily lids! Normally other eyeshadows will crease with Too Faced primer but Muji’s eyeshadow doesn’t!

  • Maria

    I use Wet n a wild by Fergie my primas eye primer. It works great for my eyeshadow. Lasts all day. My problem is my left eye tears and my eyeliner comes off in the corner. I do not know how to prevent this.

    • Eriu

      One of my eyes tears as well…do you set your liner with a similar color powder product (like eyeshadow) on top? This helps sometimes but it’s not 100% for me. More so than eye products, my watering always washes away the concealer or foundation right under the inside corner of my eye! Ain’t found nothin’ to fix that!