The Best Long-Lasting Eye Makeup

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Are you way too familiar with raccoon eyes—what woman hasn’t experienced those dreaded black smudges? The eyelids are naturally oily and the more oil they produce, the more likely it is that your shadow will shift, smear and smudge. The same goes for eyeliner and mascara. “Some eyeliners can last up to 24 hours,” says Anna Sponaugle, tarte’s manager of product development. These three products promise to stay put for at least 12:

The Cream Eyeshadow
Cream shadows are synonymous with creasing and shifting. Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow ($19) was developed to stay put—and for the color to remain true-to-form. Ultrapigmented yet easy to apply (a brush or your fingers work best), try layering the buildable creams on top of one another for an even more intense effect. It’s easy to blend but not so easy to wipe off; a good eye makeup remover is a must.

The Mascara
From makeup guru Bobbi Brown comes this Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara ($24). Assuring to deliver ultrathick, long, lust-worthy lashes, it’s the bristles that are really the showstopper here— they reach each and every lash to swathe them in the clump-free formula that claims to last 16 hours. We like it because it doesn’t smudge or run and makes sparse lashes look healthy and naturally full.

The Eyeliner
Smooth and creamy, Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($23), in 11 intense shades, features a twist-up pencil applicator for precise lining and 12-hours of lasting power. It goes on easy and is great for perfect lines that stay put all day. No touchups necessary.”

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