by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

A Guide to Long-Lasting Makeup on Oily Eyelids

Image via @dahyeshka

Anyone with oily skin knows the struggle of making your makeup last all day; checking your makeup at noon to see how much of a mess your mascara has made under your eyes, or the extent of eyeshadow creasing—it’s not a pretty sight. You may think it’s the eyeshadow or the mascara, but truthfully, it’s probably the oily eyelids. Read ahead to learn how to create long-lasting eye makeup looks even with slick lids. 

Start with oil-free skincare

The first step is to start with a clean, fresh face and prep your skin with skincare. If your eye makeup slips and slides, have a look at your skincare products. The issue could be skincare that isn’t suited to your skin type or moisturisers that aren’t fully absorbed into your skin, so opt for oil-free formulas that won’t leave you greasy. 

oily makeup moisturizer
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, SGD51
Origins Ginzing Oil-Free Boosting Gel Moisturizer, SGD34

Avoid applying skincare on eyelids and apply eye primer

Make sure your lids are bare of products; the emollient properties in moisturisers and eye creams can cause your eye makeup to fall apart. Next, apply a quality eye primer, like the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (SGD35) or NARS Smudge-proof Eyeshadow Base (SGD40), for lasting power. 

oily eyelid primer
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, SGD35
oily eyelid primer
NARS Smudge-proof Eyeshadow Base, SGD40

Stick to waterproof, long-lasting formulas

Go for waterproof, long-lasting products that won’t break down, crease, or smudge underneath your eye by the time noon rolls around. 

oily eyelid eyeshadow
YSL Couture Palette Eye Contouring, SGD105, available at YSL boutiques
oily eyelid mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, SGD37

Set with powder

Set pencil, cream or liquid products with some powder to intensify colour and also to improve longevity. 

oily eyelid powder
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, SGD70
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder, SGD42

Keep your bag stocked with emergency supplies

Throughout the day a touch-up here and there might be necessary, and this is when products like Fenty Beauty’s Invisimatte Blotting Paper (SGD26) will come in handy. Handbag-friendly makeup remover wipes will also be your new best friend.

Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Paper, SGD26
RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe, SGD25