photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

When I’m talking to friends and strangers, I can’t help but notice if their lower eyeliner has traveled down the lids, making it look like they have black eyes! It’s not their fault, really… kohl and kajal liners are made to be smudge-able and have a “slip” to them; even some longwear liners will smear a little if your eyelids are on the oilier side. Yet the whole mess could have easily been prevented if only they had “set” the liner with a little powder immediately after applying it. Here’s how:


  • A flat-headed laydown eyeshadow brush {that’s a mouthful!} for perfect precision
  • Pressed powder {you can use one that is your exact shade or do what I do and use one that is slightly lighter than your skin tone so you get the bonus effect of highlighting the area to draw even more attention to your eyes


  1. Dip the brush into the powder to load up both sides.
  2. Place the brush in a vertical position directly and precisely below the liner, but adjacently touching it, then stamp and sweep it from one corner to the other. This will set it and keep it from traveling downward.
  3. With the same brush, this time without reloading it with powder, sweep back over the area to really blend it in.


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