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How to Prevent Eye Shadow From Creasing and Caking

7 Tips to Stop Eye Shadow From Creasing

The worst thing about wearing makeup in Summer is that it can crease and cake, but you can do a few simple things to prevent this from happening. We've already explored ways to stop foundation from creasing and methods to keep cakey undereye concealer at bay. So now, let's look at what goes on top. For seven tips on getting fresh and smooth shadow all day long, keep reading.

  • Power of powder: First, tap concealer or foundation on the lids, followed by a light dusting of translucent powder. Apply eye shadow as usual. If you have particularly oily lids, skip the concealer or foundation step and go with a light application of powder instead.
  • Power of primer: Or you can create a smooth surface on the lids with a primer, like Urban Decay's famous eye shadow primer ($20) or Victoria's Secret's Lasting FX eye shadow primer ($12), which both help color last longer.
  • Dry surface: Always make sure the skin is completely dry before applying any kind of shadow.
  • Thin layers: Always tap off any excess shadow product before applying shadow to your lids. Start out with a subtle veil of color, building up with another thin layer or two, as needed to prevent caking. Tip: use a flat-head eye shadow brush to apply shadow, working in a stippling motion to set in.
  • How to do cream: Cream shadows have a tendency to crease the most, so for best results, tap on a translucent powder or eye shadow in a similar color over the cream. Or consider going with a cream-to-powder formula instead.
  • When working with powders: Avoid shimmery shadows on the creases and outer corners of the eyes, where creasing is more likely to happen. Hint: for even more crease-proof action, set your shadow with a swipe of translucent powder.
  • No eye cream: When it comes to keeping concealer cake-free, eye creams are a must. But when it comes to keeping shadow crease-free, keep the eye creams away. They're too heavy for delicate eyelid skin and will only make your shadow crease and pool.
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Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 6 years
I have tried EVERYTHING and nothing works. What works best for me are my MAC paints, let set and dry, and then apply shadow. But that can get a little cakey, so I feel like I can't win. I hate having oily eyelids, because I love playing with different eye shadows every day!
soapbox soapbox 6 years
I stopped having this issue when I switched to MAC, Benefit and Smashbox eyeshadows.
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