I have a love and hate relationship with eye makeup because I have the curse of oily eyelids. The one benefit to oily lids is that it will take longer for me to develop deep crowsfeet around the eyes; I look at that as a good enough reason to put a little more effort into my makeup routine. I have found many tips and tricks that I would like to share that help keep my products in place longer and keep them from creasing. I’m not going to lie, natural products are not 24-7 kind of makeup items…they use natural waxes and oils that will breakdown throughout the day, but it is my belief that makeup shouldn’t be bulletproof. Who knows what chemicals commercial products have to keep them on the skin all day long? The skin naturally cleanses itself with oils throughout the day, which is healthy. Here are my own personal do’s and don’ts to help lessen the dreaded racoon eyes and keep your makeup in place.
Tip #1 Don’t Put Liquid Foundation or Concealer on the Eyes
Liquid foundations are not developed as primers for the eyelid…most are oil based and quite thin, so they tend to be the #1 culprit when it comes to eyeshadow creasing.
Tip #2 Powder as a Primer
I used to use liquid eye primers, but I never found a natural primer that was vegan that I really loved using. I stopped using liquid eye primers, and switched to simply powdering my lids prior to doing my eye-makeup. You want to create a barrier between the oils of your lids and the oils in whatever cream products you are using. If you are using cream eyeshadow, lightly blend a powder foundation or neutral eyeshadow onto the lid. You can also use Pumpkin and Poppy Oil Absorbing Mineral Veil…you will need to pack a bit more of it on the lid than with a titanium dioxide based foundation or eyeshadow, as titanium dioxide drinks up oils and moisture.
Tip #3 Never Use Cream Eyeliners with Cream Eyeshadows!
I’m an oil painter and in college, the first thing my professor told us when it was time to clean up our brushes was to use cooking oil! Oils break down oils, it is also the concept behind the oil cleansing method. I only use cream eyeliners on top of powdered eyeshadow; on the rare occasion that I’m feeling like tempting the makeup gods by wearing this combo, I will set my cream eyeliner with an eyeshadow and then lightly dust my finished creation with a translucent powder, like Pumpkin and Poppy’s Oil Absorbing Mineral Veil. For cream eyeshadows, I use a powdered eyeshadow with a stiff precision brush as my eyeliner.
Tip #4 Translucent Powder is Your Friend
You know how mid-day you go to the bathroom and powder your nose? Why not apply this concept to your eyeshadows? Take a translucent powder (opaque powder will dull and obscure your eye-makeup) and using a fluffy brush, lightly dust some over your eyelids. I swear, this really helps!
Tip #5 Use Powder Eyeshadow in Your Crease
My eye-makeup tends to crease right wear my eyelids meet my socket bone. To help prevent this, if I’m wearing cream eyeshadow on the lid I will wear a powdered eyeshadow right in the crease prone area.
Tip #6 Less is More
Always apply cream eyeshadows in a thin layer. Some recommend applying cream eyeshadows with a brush, I only use my fingers. I feel like I’m able to work the product into the lid with the heat of my fingers more effectively than with a brush. Do not over apply, it will definitely crease.
Tip #7 Wear Creams as Bases for Powder Eyeshadows
I find that this is my favorite way to wear cream eyeshadows; I use them to enhance my powdered eyeshadows. I will use a darker cream base if I want to do a smokey eye or want to darken up my eyeshadow color; I use white or skin-toned bases when I want bright and vibrant colors to stand out. I also find that my eyeshadow lasts longer when I wear a good cream eyeshadow base, especially one with oil absorbing ingredients built in. I developed the Pumpkin and Poppy cream eyeshadow pencils with kaolin clay, titanium dioxide, and arrowroot powder to help absorb oil from the lid. You can purchase Wipeout and Baby Eyeshadow Pencils with my Summer Love Collection.
Baby Eyeshadow Pencil on the lid, paired with Wipeout in the Browbone area. I used very light layers and blended them thoroughly into the eyelid; I prepped the eye first by applying Pumpkin and Poppy Oil Absorbing Mineral Veil.