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Hello, I am 52 and have a challenge with eyeliner smudging as the day progresses. I end up with "raccoon eyes" even after a couple of hours. I have tried a wide variety of brands and I haven't  found one that doesn't do this.. could it be that my eye lids are greasy? That my skin is droopy on the upper lid? (if so how does that explain the lower and upper areas having a dark smudge?) I just bet that you have a great idea on how to resolve this issue!
 Try using an eye shadow base before applying your eyeliner. This will keep the colors for both eye shadow and eyeliner in place. Just apply a little bit of base to you lid. You may also want to try a waterproof eyeliner. You can also use the same shade of eye shadow and 'set' the eye liner by using an eyeliner brush and dabbing the shadow along the eye liner, careful not to blend. 

How do I line deep-set eyes so that I look awake?
 Deep-set eyes are set deep into their sockets, and the brow bone extends out farther than it does with any other eye shape. To enhance deep-set eyes line both the upper and lower lids. Choose light shadows: pale pink, peach, or beige. 

A  dark eyelid does not work with this eye shape. You want to highlight the eyelids of deep-set eyes as much as possible to help bring them out.  A dark lid will just push them farther back.

Darkening the crease is also unnecessary for this eye shape.

There is no need to highlight your brow bone because it is already prominent, and highlighting would just bring it forward even more.

When you wear eyeliner on this eye shape keep it very thin and as close to the lash line as possible. Thick eyeliner will work against you when you are trying to bring the eyes out, especially on the upper lids.

I wear hard contact lenses. I`ve noticed that when I wear eyeliner, as my eyes blink, a white, cloudy film goes over my contact lenses and I have to continuously take them out throughout the day ( like every 20 minuets), clean them and put them back in. So I just stopped wearing make-up. HELP!!! Is there a specific brand I can use that will solve this problem?

Here's how to minimize the chances of makeup irritating your eyes when you're wearing your lenses. Apply your make-up after inserting your lenses. You must use waterproof eye make-up and it must be hypo-allergenic. Do not apply eyeliner to the inner edge of the lid or above the lash line on the lower lid. Mascara should be used sparingly and only on the outer half of the lashes. Hair spray, deodorant, cologne, mousse, nail polish and nail polish remover should be used before inserting your lenses.

Replace all eye makeup three months after opening and stop using any makeup that seems to be causing irritation or redness in your eyes. Find The Safety Data sheet regarding eyeliner pencils and eyeliner liquids that  show no hazards and unlikely to be an irritant after extensive dermatological testing. Products that use natural ingredients will also help.  


My 11 year old daughter says that she wants to wear eyeliner. All of her friends wear it and she says it would build up her self-esteem. I just want to know is it bad for your skin?
No, eyeliner is not bad for your skin. Just make sure that your daughter does not sleep in it and practices a good cleansing or make-up removal routine prior to going to sleep. Also advise her not to share her make-up with her friends. If the eyeliner becomes contaminated then it could cause some problems.
Black Eyeliner can be a stunning style. At night, usually with a smoky eye and smudged.  But Black Eyeliner can be to harsh for day wear.  Try a soft plum, khaki, brown or even a charcoal gray shade is much more appropriate and pretty during the day.

I am 62 years old and my eyes look much smaller when I use eyeliner than when I was younger.  Why is that?

The skin around the eye is thin and when it begins to age it will sag or become droopy.  It is very important to use an anti-aging eye cream. Sometimes emphasizing this area with makeup results in a look that makes the eyes look smaller and tired.  Women of a certain age should not use black eyeliner. Black is harsh against the skin -- whether it's fair, olive or dark. It ages the wearer and makes the eyes appear smaller than they actually are. Using softer colors -- such as moss green, soft brown or lavender -- does wonders to enhance any eye color. These shades brighten the eyes and provide definition. And women of any age can benefit from that.


FAQ Eyeliner by Makeup Coach Jenna Williams.