A simple flick of eyeliner can instantly take your entire look from 0 to 10, but the same eyeliner, when smudged, can make you look like a raccoon. Ugh! Annoying, right?

Smudged and smeared eyeliners not only look extremely unappealing but also are highly embarrassing. If this is something you find yourself dealing with on the regular, then you’re in luck! Read on for five really cool makeup tips and tricks you can follow to ensure that your eyeliner stays intact throughout the day…

 

Tip #01: Use a primer

Tip #01: Use a primer

Primer is the first step toward a flawless, smudge-proof base, and this applies to your eye makeup as well. Dabbing on just a little bit of primer all over your lids before applying eyeliner provides a great base for the liner to cling onto and prevent budging. It also helps in evening out your lid to make the liner glide smoothly.

BB picks: Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer

 

Tip #02: Choose the right formulation

Tip #02: Choose the right formulation

When you are choosing an eyeliner, we recommend you to take your skin type into consideration. Those with normal to dry skin types can use pencil, liquid or cream formulations, but those with oily skin should use gel liners. This is because gel liners are extremely lightweight yet highly pigmented formulas that simply don’t budge quite as easily.

BB picks: Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Gel Kajal - Black

 

Tip #03: Top it off with some powder eyeshadow

Tip #03: Top it off with some powder eyeshadow

Here’s another tip that a lot of experts swear by. After you’ve finished applying your eyeliner, lightly go over it with a black powder eyeshadow. This will not only give your eyeliner a slightly smokey finish, but the powder will seal the eyeliner in place, preventing it from budging all day long.

 

Tip #04: Apply eyeliner after curling your lashes

Tip #04: Apply eyeliner after curling your lashes

If you have the habit of applying your eyeliner and then curling your lashes, then you may want to switch things here. Always begin by curling your eyelashes before applying your eyeliner because the silicone pad of the curler could lift away some of the pigment, thereby reducing the staying power of the eyeliner.

 

Tips #05: Use a waterproof formula

Tips #05: Use a waterproof formula

This one is a no-brainer! Waterproof eyeliners are a lot more resistant to daily wear and tear, plus guard well against oil and sweat. So make sure you pick one that’s smudge-proof and water-proof and you won’t have to worry about your eyes giving off the impression that you haven’t slept in ages.

BB picks: Lakme Eyeconic Liquid Eyeliner - Black

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