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Fading Away

Anonymous is having issues with her eye makeup fading away throughout the day, and has already tried UD’s Primer Potion and NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base to no avail.  So, she asks what tips I have for preventing the dreaded fade.

First off, try the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which I think is the best mainstream eye primer available. Second, try layering your products.  Start with a primer, then a cream product, then a powder.  Pat, rather than swipe, the powder product over the cream to set it.  You can use a cream product in the same shade as the powder shadow, a neutral, more concealer-like shade, or a basic white (which, depending on the opacity of the product used, may either make the shade bolder or a bit more subdued.)  Layering in almost any area of makeup is key to lasting power (think about foundation: first moisturiser, then primer, then concealer, then foundation, then powder.)

If this doesn’t appeal to you, try applying your powder eyeshadow wet with a mixing medium.  I adore Ben Nye LiquiSet.  This stuff makes powder eyeshadows virtually smudge-proof and water resistant, amps up the vibrancy, and is cheap cheap cheap.  The only problem is is that it sets fast.  Like, within seconds.  And once it sets, it absolutely cannot be blended.  So, if you plan on doing a lot of careful blending, or are a slow makeup applier, I’d pass over this.

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Stay-put Eyeliner

Anonymous wondered what my favourite eyeliner was and how to prevent any eyeliner from running or disappearing.

My overall favorite has to be the MUFE Aqua Eyes.  It’s waterproof, doesn’t smudge, and and has amazing pigmentation.

To get eyeliner to last, you can do a few things:

  1. Start with a primer.  Just like with eyeshadow, a lid primer will up the staying power of any eyeliner.
  2. Set with powder. Taking the same or a similar shade of powder eyeshadow on a flat, dense eyeliner brush, press it into the line you’ve made (don’t draw it over it).
  3. Use a powder eyeliner. Powder/cake liners undoubtedly last long than cream/pencil liners.  Wet an eyeliner brush before application to enhance the stay-put power further.
  4. Heat things up. Taking your pencil eyeliner, wave it over a flame (I usually just use a disposable lighter) two or three times. Tap the melted excess off onto the back of your hand, let it cool for a second or two, and apply. Not only will you get a gorgeous “kohl”-like application, but you’ll also have increased the staying time incredibly.

Try these tips, and you should be on your way to stay-put eyeliner in no time.

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Anonymous wanted to know what the best eyeliner for use on the waterline is.

Well, it depends on the color (oddly, among many makeup brands, the quality of products varies from shade to shade, especially among eye products…).  But let’s assume that you’re looking at the basic black, then silver and white (the two other shades I most commonly use for this purpose.)

By far, my favorite black liner is the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeliner in Velvet Black. There is absolutely nothing special about this liner, which is why I adore it.  It is simply the darkest, purest black I have ever found, applied straight-up matte, and wears forever.  Can be smudged or worn precisely, and looks great on the waterline.  It’s not waterproof, however, so you may need to touch up once or twice during the day, but I’ve never had too much of a problem with it.


Left to Right: MUFE Silver, MUFE White, Maybelline Black Velvet


For silver and white, I’m lovin’ MUFE Aqua Eyes in Silver 8L and White 14L.  These apply so smoothly and look like silk.  They dry down in seconds, have a gorgeous sheen to em, and glide smoothly without tugging.  I’ve never had to go over a line more than once to get it opaque and even.

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