How to Get Perfect Eye Makeup If You Have Oily Lids

LIFESTYLE  |  April 23, 2017
  • 1. Prep the lids
    1 / 5 1. Prep the lids

    First off, you want to make sure to start with a clean slate. Make sure that your eyelid doesn’t have any foundation on it. Prep your lids with an eye primer, like NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($40, Sephora), which would serve to make your eye shadow last longer.

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  • 2. Long staying formulas
    2 / 5 2. Long staying formulas

    Formulas are the key tip here. For your shadows, make sure to choose ones that deliver a long-lasting formula. Try Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24hr Gel-Cream Eyeshadow.

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  • 3. Waterproof your way to success
    3 / 5 3. Waterproof your way to success

    Eyeliner wise, it is said that gel eyeliners are your best friend if you have oily eyelids. Make sure to get a waterproof eyeliner like Urban Decay 247 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($32, Sephora).

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  • 4. Powder if off
    4 / 5 4. Powder if off

    Just like powdering your face to stay matte, make sure to end your eye-look with a powder that will soak up all the sebum. Grab a fluffy brush and swirl it in a little powder before dusting it over your lids. This would increase the longevity of the makeup on your eyes. Try Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($67, Sephora).

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  • 5. Be prepared
    5 / 5 5. Be prepared

    Be prepared for emergency situations by keeping some blotting papers, like Palladio Rice Paper Blotting Sheets ($6.90) in your handbag. Simply blot your eyelids to stop the excess oil from seeping through and melting your makeup.

    A version of this story first appeared in CLEO. Offering an insider perspective on everything a twenty-something woman in Singapore wants or needs to know, CLEO Magazine is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit to subscribe.

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