Oily Eyelids: How To Stop Them From Effing Up Your Makeup Game

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If you have oily eyelids, you know that getting makeup to stay in place is a struggle. You probably know the drill all too well by now: wake up, put on your makeup, check your face at noon only to find that you're rockin' a serious pair of raccoon eyes — it's not a pretty sight. But, if it's any consolation, you're not alone. We've all been there.
We all create oil on our eyelids, some more than others. "We all have numerous tiny oil glands at the eyelash line to add oil to our tear film," says Dr. Ava Shamban, MD, dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA. "This oil-water emulsion provides lubrication to the eyes and the oil prevents the water from evaporating."
There may not be a cure-all method that will completely stop our bodies from producing oil, but we can definitely take measures to curb it. We talked to a few industry pros to get the lowdown on some of the best ways to stop slick lids from wreaking havoc on your makeup. Read ahead to learn the secret to a life free of mascara smudges, liner fading, and creased shadows.
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Start Off With A Clean Slate
First things first, before you put on your face in the morning, make sure your skin is completely free of any residual makeup (or even makeup remover) from the day before. "You need to make sure everything is totally off your eyes and that you don't have any oils leftover, because that can increase the oiliness," says makeup artist Elisa Flowers. "You want a clean, fresh start."
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Stop everything, because drugstore micellar water has finally been turned into a towelette. We love this option because it wipes away every bit of oil and makeup in seconds.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes All Skin Types, $5.99, available at Target.
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Use these gentle pads that get mascara, liner, and shadow off in a swipe before reaching for your cleanser.

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads Kind to Eyes, $5.49, available at Target.
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Pick the Right Skin Care
After your face is clean, move on to your serums and moisturizers, but be sure to look at the ingredients for potential pore-cloggers and oils first. "If the issue is that makeup isn't staying in place, perhaps the problem is using moisturizers that aren't fully absorbing," says Heidi Waldorf, MD, dermatologist at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer, $31.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Opt for formulas that you know won't leave you greasy, like Caudalíe's Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. If there are a lot of oils in your moisturizers, it's likely that they will break down your makeup. Stick to gels and oil-free formulas when you're wearing makeup and save your oilier creams for nighttime.
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With only seven essential ingredients, this moisturizer won't add excess oils to your skin. The non-greasy texture absorbs fast, providing a hit of hydration sans parabens.

Avéne Tolérance Extrême Cream, $38, available at Avéne USA.
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Avoid Putting Creams Directly On Your Eyelid
If you can, avoid putting creams on your eyelid or very close to your lash line. The emollient properties in moisturizers and eye creams will cause your makeup to disintegrate. "It's definitely going to make your makeup get a little crazy," says makeup artist Katie Mellinger. "You basically broke it down before you put it on.”
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The Pre-Makeup Blot
Deal with any extra oil on your lids by simply patting a blotting sheet on them before you do your makeup.
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If you're in the market for cute packaging, try this blotting sponge as a pleasant addition to your bag.

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper, $8, available at Sephora.
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Sir John told us that he often uses rolling papers to get rid of excess oil. This product is literally meant for both (bless up).

Milk Makeup Roll + Blot, $10, available at Milk.
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Gone are the days of boring packaging. Thanks to Rihanna, now we actually look forward to blotting our faces.

Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Paper, $16, available at Sephora.
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Use A Primer You Trust
We all know that primers can do wonders when it comes to lasting power. Flowers recommends using Mac's Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base, which is humidity- and sweat-resistant and infused with antioxidants and vitamin E.
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An oil-free primer is a must if you want to guarantee that smoky eye doesn't slide.

Lorac Behind The Scenes Eyeshadow Primer, $21, available at Lorac.
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Look for Long-Lasting Products
Anything that isn't a long-lasting formula "is going to break down, fold into your crease, and go underneath your eye,” says Mellinger. She recommends looking for long-wearing products like the Shiseido Shimmer Cream Eye Colors which go on creamy, but then set to a budge-proof finish.
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MUFE's Aqua XL formulas are famous for their long-lasting wear. But it's these revamped shadows that were by our side all summer long. We swear you won't even need primer...

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow, $25, available at Sephora.
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This whipped formula goes on best with a dense eyeshadow brush and blends seamlessly from lid to crease. Layer on the pigment, or leave it semi-sheer, for the longest lasting smoky eye you've ever had.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow, $32, available at Nordstrom.
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Waterproof Formulas Are Your Friends
If you've ever tried to remove a waterproof makeup product without a seriously good makeup remover, you know that those babies don't move. Using waterproof formulas will ensure that your eye makeup won't end up on your cheeks by midday. Flowers likes to seal her regular mascara with a layer of Diorshow's Waterproof mascara. "It doesn't dehydrate my eyelashes, and it comes off easily in the shower," she says.
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Glamorous lashes don't always come easy, but this water-resistant formula makes it a tad faster. Even better: It won't budge — no matter how much you try to sweat it off.

Blinc Mascara Amplified, $26, available at Sephora.
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Set Everything with Some Powder
To intensify color and improve longevity, Mellinger is a fan of setting her pencil, cream, or liquid products with an eyeshadow powder of the same shade. Doing so ensures that everything from cream eyeshadow to gel liner won't budge.
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If you want to lock everything in place in one fell swoop, Mellinger and Flowers both recommend going over your eye makeup with some transparent powder. "Just take a bit of loose powder and dust it across your lids with a little fluffy brush," says Flowers. "That way you have a little something on there to absorb oil."

Ilia Soft Focus Finishing Powder, $34, available at Sephora.
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Pro tip: You can also use powder as a primer. Just brush on your lids and remove the excess with a fluffy brush.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $38, available at Sephora.
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A pressed powder will do the job, too. This one by Rimmel never looks cakey on our skin and costs less than five bucks.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder, $4.99, available at Ulta.
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