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.