“I haven’t been able to find a khol pencil that lasts more than 2 hours on me. I have super oily lids and I really want to use this kind of look at the office (blaaack color in my upper and lower lash line pleaseee). Even if I put an eye shadow over, it smudges. Which one would you recommend? I’m desperate.”
Never fear! Ideas: we haz ’em. There’s a lot you can do to hopefully help your eyeliner last longer, like…
1. It’s primetime, baby!
Have you given primer a try? An eye makeup primer — even if you don’t plan to apply shadow — can really keep everything in its place. My favorite is the one by NARS in the white tube, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
It’s colorless, so it won’t mess with the color of your eyeliner, and it’ll keep your black liner black. It might even make it appear more intense! — because Pro-Prime has that effect on eye makeup.
Here’s a trick, though: make sure it’s completely dry before you apply your liner. Then, whatever you apply on top of it will be caught in Thor’s supernatural embrace (meaning it will not move).
Also with NARS Pro-Prime, you can even apply it to your brows or under your eyes to help your brow products or concealer last longer.
2. Let’s set in the shadow
I know you mentioned that you set your liner with shadow, but if you haven’t already, give it another try after using a primer. Sandwich ’em — your primer, liner and powder. That should help extend your wear time even more.
With black liner, sometimes I’ll team it up with MAC Carbon applied with a 266 Angled brush. I like the 266 for this because of how thin it is. I feel like I can get very precise with it and make my lines as skinny or as chunky as I want.
3. We’re gellin’!
I’m with you — I love the look of khol liner, but gels are great, too, and they’re incredibly long-wearing. My fave for a while has been MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.
Yeah…gel liners require a brush, at least for me, but they’re pretty easy to apply once you get the hang of it. I like the Sonia Kashuk Bent Liner Brush, and Laura Mercier’s Flat Eyeliner Brush is great, too.
4. Game, set, match!
If you’re doing all of these things, and it’s still not enough, I have one more idea for you — a setting spray. I like Urban Decay All Nighter.
Um…but you have to use it before you apply your mascara. Just close your eyes, hold your breath (don’t want to inhale the mist!), and spray.
I hope these help your eyeliner last longer, Karina. Let me know how it goes. If none of these tips work for you, I’ll try to think of something else.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,