We asked a beauty expert how to keep eye makeup on oily eyelids, because the struggle is real
There’s truly nothing more annoying than taking the time to create the perfect smoky eye (or sparkly eye, or even neutral eye!) only to have it ruined by oily eyelids. Oily eyelids will mess up your makeup game, and let’s be real, there’s nothing fun about makeup sliding down your face before noon.
But have no fear! We’re here to tell you how to get long-lasting eye makeup if you have oily eyelids, including pro tips from a makeup artist that you absolutely need in order to say buh-bye to raccoon eyes once and for all.
HelloGiggles chatted with New York-based makeup artist and C.E.O. of Glo Beauty Bar Heather Adessa and she gave us the lowdown on oily lids, giving us easy steps to minimize eye makeup messes once and for all. Tackling this problem comes down to using good products, because oily eyelids happen thanks to the amount of oil your glands produce. People with drier skin will naturally have less oil on their lids, and unfortunately, it seems there’s little that can be done to halt your skin’s oil production.
Adessa says, “That all has to do with the person’s oil glands in the skin. A dermatologist would need to do an evaluation if the client felt that they are excessively oily.”
But the good news is, there are great and affordable products out there to work with your skin and keep your eyeshadow game on point.
Turns out, tackling oily eyelids starts before you even grab that eyeshadow brush in the a.m. Adessa says your pre-makeup cleansing is a crucial step in the process. “I always recommend washing your face in the morning, even if you shower at night. You don’t want any dirt or bacteria from your pillow on your face when applying makeup. Remove all excess makeup from the day before first. I love Mary Kay’s Oil-Free Makeup Remover. It’s gentle on the skin yet it removes even the most stubborn makeup.”
She adds, “After a good cleanse of the skin, properly moisturize so your skin is prepped for the day,” recommending Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Cleanser. She says, “It works well on all skin types and your skin feels refreshed after using it.” And for sun protection, she suggests a moisturizer with sunscreen already in it, noting that “they tend to be less oily than plain face sunscreens.”
One crucial tip? Even if you’re rushing out the door in the morning, you must make sure your skin is dry before applying makeup. She says, “You don’t want your makeup to mix with other products on the skin. It will change the way they look and wear.” Noted.
Before you apply makeup, Adessa pointed us in the direction of the all-important p word. Yep, you guessed it. Primer. “It is not a gimmick! It helps your makeup last longer. I wear it even if I am only wearing powder…I tend to notice my face powder will last all day if I apply the primer first. If I don’t, it usually fades within three to five hours, depending on what I am doing, if I’m sweating, etc.”
She says there really aren’t any products to halt oil production, but primer is the magic secret to eyeshadow that won’t budge by noon. In her salon, Adessa uses tarte’s clean slate™ 360° creaseless 12-hr smoothing eye primer on all of her makeup clients. She says, “It glides on smooth with a white hue then dries completely clear. Any eyeshadow applied on top of this primer will stay all day!” Well, we’re sold.
After you’ve applied your primer and you’re ready to create your flawless eye look, Adessa sticks with powder shadows. She adds, “some drugstore brand shadows will fade faster on their own than department store shadows if you choose to not use primer. I predominantly use MAC Cosmetics and MAKE UP FOR EVER…I feel they have the widest variety of shadow colors that can be bought separately (as opposed to in a palette) and stay very well.”
Now that you’ve got shadow that won’t budge, there’s one last tip that Adessa recommends for a truly long-lasting look. “Using a setting spray will help hold your makeup all day,” especially if you’re wearing your look for longer than eight hours.
She says she doesn’t use a setting spray on a regular basis, but that if you need your look to last for a big event, like a wedding, setting spray is key. She adds, “I think if [someone] feels that they are very oily, then a setting spray would be very useful to them.” We recommend MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime’ Fix+ Finishing Mist.
Now that you’ve got the expert tips and tools in your arsenal, it’s time to kiss smudgy, runny eye makeup goodbye, and say hello to eye makeup that lasts all day. Wink, wink, gorgeous.