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As a make-up artist, one of the questions I am most frequently asked by clients is “How do I make my eyeliner last longer?”. Women from all walks of life (not just brides!) encounter their share of frustrations with eyeliner. The same rules apply here for bridal make-up as they would for the everyday working woman (we all want our eyeliner to last as long as possible with minimal upkeep). Check out the following tips to help keep your eyeliner in check for the Big Day (….into evening!):
Use waterproof eye make-up products.
I have yet to meet a pencil eyeliner that is universally smudgeproof (Make-up Forever’s Aqua Eyes is the closest I’ve come from the many I’ve tried), so I usually opt for other products that have consistently delivered the results I need. On bridal clients, I always use either a waterproof gel liner or a liquid liner. A gel liner is used when a bride wants a softer look; the liquid liner is for a bride that’s open to more of a bold make-up look. Both the gel liner and the liquid liner last all day, and are perfectly suited to the overtime day of a bride.
Recommended: Try MAC’s Fluidline (gel liner) or L’oreal’s Lineur Intense (liquid liner).
Apply a base on the eyelids.
Use either a long-lasting neutral cream eyeshadow or a combination of concealer and powder as the base. Applying a base will help to form a barrier between the natural oils that eventually surface on the lids and the other make-up you apply, such as your eyeliner. Once you start using a base, you’ll notice minimal (to zero) creasing, and most importantly, that your eyeliner is still intact! (ARTIST TIP: A base on the lids will also help to increase the lifespan of your eyeshadow application).
Recommended: MAC Paints, MAC Paint Pots
Pack some q-tips.
Just in case your eyeliner of choice migrates away from where you initially applied it, have some q-tips handy to refresh your look. It never hurts to be prepared, especially on a day like the Big Day!
Recommended: q-tips from the dollar store (these q-tips have minimal cotton on them, so you can wipe away without leaving cotton residue on the face)