4 Expert Tips For Dealing With Oily Eyelids

They say that the oilier the skin, the less obvious the signs of aging. And while that’s great when it comes to your face—you probably won’t see lines and wrinkles cropping up until years after your friends do—it can be a disaster when it comes to wearing makeup on your eyes.

Like oil and water, oil and makeup don’t exactly mix. But, just because your eyelids go into overdrive in the oil production department, doesn’t mean you can’t wear eye makeup at all. You just have to prime, prep and pick the right products.

Create a Clean Slate
First things first, make sure you wipe your lids clean with an alcohol-free makeup remover to fully get rid of any extra oil, dirt or residue that you might not be able to see—the less oil on the lid, the better your makeup will adhere to your skin. “Make sure that the products you are using around your eyes are “makeup friendly,” especially eye creams,” says Jake Broullard, lead makeup stylist for NARS Cosmetics. “Eye cream can often move and be too rich and emollient to work with makeup. Remember, a little goes a long way and always keep it in on the orbital bone.” We recommend Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate ($83), which not only tackles common signs of aging, but also hydrates as well. 

Prep and Prime
The key to perfect eye makeup is a good primer, which holds your makeup in place all day. “I like to use a combination of long-wear concealer, like NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29), on the lids to absorb excess oil and NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($25) with a dusting of loose powder to set it. This combats even the most oily lids and provides crease-proof makeup,” says Broullard.

Only Use Long-Lasting Formulas
The better the staying power that your makeup has, the longer it will be able to stand up to midday oil to get more out of the product before it has a chance to crease and fold. “Long-wear formulas, which come in crease-proof creams, powders and eyeliners, are the best for oily eyelids,” says Broullard. “I find the longest-wearing shadow is actually a combination all of these.”

Deal With Midday Oil
In the event that your eyelids start to get greasy and your makeup starts to shift, Broullard says to use your finger to smudge the color in. “Add a bit more powder around the eye and touch up the liner.”