How to Prevent Eyeliner from Melting, Running, Smudging and Creasing

Yesterday was hectic to say the least. With 5 million things to do and no time to do them I was pretty much running around like a bunny on crack. In a small attempt to look partially human, (I've been sick for awhile) I hurriedly threw on a bit of makeup that morning. By the time midday rolled around my eyeliner had transferred and creased all over my lids. By that night...well, the eyeliner was a complete fail and had smudged and run everywhere. Thank you Florida heat. 

Summer is a notorious season for melting, creasing eyeliner but there are definitely some simple and fool-proof ways to avoid meltdowns like this. Just adding a few more seconds to my routine would have saved my poor drowning eyeliner that day. May it rest in peace. 
Save your eyeliner from the summer heat by using one or a combination of these simple products and tips:


 Eye primer- An eye primer applied beforehand all over the lid space will lock and seal down any type of liner you use whether it be kohl, liquid or gel. If you don't plan on wearing any eyeshadow under your liner it is even more integral as powders help to hold down pencil or liquid products. A primer like MAC Painterly Paint Pot is one of my favorites. It's opaque so it intensifies the color of eyeliner placed on top. Another great primer option is Urban Decay Primer Potion or Lorac Behind the Scenes Shadow Primer.  

Powder- Applying a touch of translucent powder or eyeshadow to the eyelid area before adding your eyeliner can really do wonders for its longevity. The powder will soak up any oils on the skin that may cause your liner to slip and slide. A powder like Neutrogena Shine Control Powder is a great option for oily lids. 

Black eyeshadow- After you have applied your liner, apply a matte black eyeshadow like MAC "Carbon" on top using a small angled brush. Press the shadow along the lash line rather than dragging it across. Dragging the shadow could make the eyeliner appear patchy and create unnecessary fallout. Applying the black shadow on top will mattify and seal in the liner underneath. Plus, it will make the eyeliner appear more rich and opaque. If using an eyeliner other than black, choose a similar shade of eyeshadow and follow the same method. 

Waterproof formulas- Of course, waterproof formulas of eyeliner will greatly decrease any chances of melting, smudging or creasing. Sometimes it is hard to find our favorite products in waterproof formulas so the products and tricks above are a great remedy. 
Let's be real. Eyeliner might be your last concern if you're concerned about keeping the whole rest of your face on. For tips and tricks on how to achieve an entire face of melt-proof, long-lasting makeup you can check out this blog post here. If running, smearing lipstick is the problem, this blog post here is your answer. 

Dior "DiorLiner" Liquid Eyeliner Pen: Review & Swatch

          Dior Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black is my favorite ever ever EVER liquid eyeliner pen in the whole universe of liquid eyeliners. I ran out of it the other week and went to the drugstore and bought the Revlon Colorstay liquid eyeliner pen (*cough* it was horrible) thinking that it might be the cheaper dupe of the Dior liquid liner. I was so wrong. 
           In the past, I have tried quite a few liquid liners in the attempt to find something better or cheaper than the Dior liner. However, every attempt has been futile and I always end up coming back to repurchase (about 5 times now) my one true love. I can safely say that in my book, the Dior Liquid Eyeliner Pen is definitely the supreme Queen of Liquid Eyeliners. 
        The packaging of this product comes in a sleek black pen with large silver writing on the side. The applicator is not a felt tip (like many liquid liners) but is synthetic hairs. They are packed tightly together  to form a felt-looking tip and give slightly when you apply, adjusting to the contours of the eye. This makes for a very comfortable application of the product. 
    What I love about this product is that you can control how much product comes out. You simply twist the bottom of the pen to make the product come out. One twist is the perfect amount of product for one eye (or both if you apply it less heavily).
          The actual product is a nice deep black color. I like to apply this to both eyes, let them dry for a few seconds, and then apply another coat over the top so that it is extra opaque and black. The product goes on shiny and then dries to a matte finish. If you have small or close-set eyes, I would recommend leaving your eyes shut for a few seconds to let the product dry a bit so that no product transfers to the crease of your eyes. However, once the eyeliner is dry it stays put wonderfully and last all day long. Also, this liner is great for doing winged liner and is really precise. However, the key to doing any great cat liner/winged liner is a bit of practice, so the more you do it the better you will get. 
One coat of Dior Liquid Liner Pen 
         Although this product comes with quite a hefty price tag ($34.00), its worth it because this liquid liner lasts forever. Each one of these lasts me up to 6 months (less if I'm using it every day and night) It actually lasts me so long that by the last few weeks the hairs on the applicator split a bit and so I just pump out the product and then transfer it to an eyeliner brush. This liquid liner comes in 3 shades (Black, Brown, Navy Blue) and can be found wherever Dior products are sold. 
What is your favorite liquid eyeliner?