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Foolproof Eyeliner

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Q: How can I stop my (black) eye pencil from smearing under my bottom eyelashes? Nothing seems to work!

A: The secret to makeup that stays put is layering. Black eyeliner in particular always has an annoying habit of streaking down one's cheeks at inappropriate moments, which is why you need to take the extra step to make sure it doesn't move all day.

The trick: Apply your eye pencil as you normally would, then use an eye lining brush to go over the line with the exact same color of eye shadow. Blend it in well. The powdery formulation of the shadow locks the color in place and keeps it from going anywhere.

I've found that even if you just use a Q-tip dipped in translucent loose powder and smudge that over your eye pencil, it'll do the job as well. And don't forget that if you're using greasy or oily under eye creams or concealers, you're just asking for trouble. Stick to oil-free formulations around the eyes to prevent meltdown.

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