Yesterday MBB reader Megan emailed with a question about something that I’m guessing all of us have encountered at one time or another but may have been too shy to discuss: eye boogers.
Yep, eye boogers.
Megan writes: I have a problem with eyeliner buildup in the outer wrinkles between my lower and upper lids. What I can I do about it? Also, to be blunt, eyeliner builds up with my eye boogers throughout the day, and it makes me want to stop lining my upper or lower lashes. How do I remove them without messing up my makeup?
Ahh, migrating eyeliner… Such a pain, isn’t it? But there’s hope! You didn’t say which liner you’re using, but I’m assuming it’s a pencil or cream because both are rather nomadic and tend to migrate throughout the day.
Here are a couple of things you might try:
Layer a primer beneath your liner
LOL! I just made a rhyme. Seriously, though, if you haven’t tried using an eye primer, give one a try. They’re like makeup magnets, strengthening the hold of eye products that are layered on top of them. I’ve been using Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion ($18) lately and am pretty happy with it, but Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18) and LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer ($20) work well for me, too.
Set your liner with a coordinating powder eyeshadow
If you’re lining your eyes with pencil, it could help to set your liner by applying a powder eyeshadow directly on top. For black liners, consider MAC Eyeshadow in Print; for browns, try MAC Eyeshadow in Brun ($14.50 each). I like to use an angled brush like the MAC 266 Small Angled Brush ($19.50) for precise application.
Switch to a long-wearing liquid or gel
Liquid and gel liners can take a little more time to apply than pencils do…but they frickin’ stay on like Donkey Kong! The most smudge-proof, user-friendly ones I’ve worn are LORAC Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner ($22) and MAC Fluidline Gel Liner ($15).
Try a makeup corrector pen
Designed to fix makeup mistakes, they’re also great at touching up migrating makeup. One to consider: L’Oreal Clean Artiste Makeup Corrector Pen ($10). It has a slanted tip applicator to reach inside the crook at the outer corner of the eye, and it removes waterproof and long-wearing makeup, too.
As for those eye boogers…
You’re not alone, girl! The grossest ones I get are when I use glittery products (aka glitter boogers). Honestly, I just use clean fingers to gently coax mine out. When they’re particularly stubborn, I’ll carefully use a dry Q-Tip to push them away. As with anything involving your eyes, of course, please be careful.
Ladies, do you have any other ideas for Megan? How do you deal with eye boogers (LOL!), and do have any tips to prevent liner from migrating into the outer corners of your eyes?
Please share in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,