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Ask Val: How Can I Prevent My Eyeliner from Smudging?
A: If you have very deep-set eyes (as I do), you might find that brushing an eyeshadow primer (like Too Faced Shadow Insurance Lemon Drop, $18; toofaced.com) over your lids does a lot to keep liner from migrating. A few other good suggestions from makeup artist Pati Dubroff:
• Before applying liner, blot your upper and lower lids with a tissue.
• Use a waterproof eyeliner pencil.
• After lining your eyes, lightly dust your lids with either a translucent powder or a powdery eyeshadow, which will set the liner.
Keep in mind: A heavy eye cream will sabotage all your efforts against smudging, so use a lighter cream during the day (and save the rich one for nighttime).