How To Make Your Eyeshadow Last Longer

Last Updated on July 2, 2021 by Ellen Christian

Have you wondered how to make your eyeshadow last longer? Nothing is more frustrating than looking in the mirror a few hours after you’ve applied your makeup and finding most of it is gone. I realize that it’s probably asking too much to have my makeup look the same at 7am as it will at 7pm. It would be great to know how to make your eyeshadow last longer so I didn’t need to reapply it during the day. Here are a few tips I’m using that I hope will work for you too.

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How to make your eyeshadow last longer

How To Make Your Eyeshadow Last Longer

Of course, one of the biggest factors you need to keep in mind when looking for ways to make your eyeshadow last longer is the brand of makeup. While you don’t need to purchase the most expensive makeup brand at the store, the cheaper alternatives don’t generally have the staying power that some of the more expensive brands do. You’ll need to experiment with brands until you find one that works the best for you that’s within your budget. After you’ve made your decision, try following these helpful tips:

  • Make sure that you are starting with completely clean and dry eyelids. Your makeup will adhere better if you have removed all of yesterday’s makeup and washed and dried your face.
  • Apply a thin layer of matte face powder to your eyelid using a clean eyeshadow brush.
  • Use an eyeshadow primer to absorb oil and act like a canvas for your eyeshadow.
  • Use a cream eyeshadow of the same color as your eyeshadow. This will help it adhere to your lid without changing the color.
  • Apply your eyeshadow wet instead of dry. Not only does this make the eyeshadow darker or brighter, it helps it stay on. I lightly wet the brush and NOT the eyeshadow.
  • Spray a makeup fixing spray over your completed make up to help set it.

Following the steps above will help your eyeshadow stay on and look good all day. If you think that this is too involved for day to day wear, you can experiment and find which steps work the best for you. In the summer, I skip the cream eyeshadow because it can make your eyeshadow more prone to creasing in the hot weather or if you have very oily skin. If you have very dry skin, you may be able to skip the matte face powder in the beginning.  I’ve shared a few of my favorite products at the end of this post if you’d like recommendations of what works well for me.

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