Humidity-Proof Eye Makeup

There are two kinds of people in this world: people who have oily eyelids, and people who have no idea how an eyelid can be oily. If you’re in the second group, talk amongst yourselves – this post isn’t for you. My oily sisters? Listen up. I spent the first 25 years of my life in the stifling humidity of Georgia, where summers last six months you can often see the moisture suspended in the air in front of you, and I’m here to help.

First things first: get a primer. Actually, get the Holy Grail of primers, which I will reveal to you below. Also, you’re going to need to use some sort of liquid or gel eyeliner for best results. Embrace the super-precise cat eye; it’ll bleed, smudge and shift far less than any other eye-defining technique you might try during heat and humidity. Lastly, go waterproof with your mascara. You’ll need to be more careful when removing it, but that’s because all of the lovely, dark mascara molecules will be super-stuck to your lashes, right where they belong.

If all else fails, I’ve also included a little bottle of magic that turns your existing eye makeup completely water- and smudge-proof, in case there’s a product you love that doesn’t hack it when humidity is involved. Check out my tried-and-true favorites below.

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  • Linda

    I can’t live without Urban Decay on my eyelids and I even use it in the winter. Veil by Hourglasses does an equally good job controlling my oily face in the summer.

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  • shueaddict

    thank you, Amanda, that’s pretty useful

  • Jadesmusings

    I wonder how the Stila eyeliner compares to Mac’s Liquidlast? I too am an unfortunate victim of oily eyelids but whenever I use liquidlast it literally lasts for days. *HGHG* LOVE it!! even after sleeping, swimming etc. there is minimal transfer onto my lower lashline. Only thing is, it is pretty much impossible to get off (double-edged sword!) unless you use lancome’s bi-facil :) my two cents!

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