eye makeup 5 Expert Tips for Wearing Eye Makeup When You Have Oily Eyelids

Your oily eyelids are no match for Sir John’s expert hack.

September 07, 2022
Oily Eyelids Tips


People with oily eyelids know the struggle of applying eyeliner only to have it smear less than an hour later. If it’s not your eyeliner smudging, then it’s your eyeshadow creasing and let’s not forget the mascara that transfers onto your top lid, ruining your eye makeup. There’s a surplus of guidance and expert tips when it comes to addressing oily skin, especially when it comes to makeup application but the same can’t be said for oily eyelids. 


If you find yourself constantly dealing with smudging eye makeup and nothing seems to work, it’s time to put an end to that. We tapped Sir John, celebrity makeup artist and L’Oréal Paris consultant, to get his expert tips for oily eyelids. Take notes as we share five expert tips to help your eye makeup last when you deal with greasy, oily lids.


Makeup Tips for Oily Eyelids

Long-lasting eye makeup for your oily eyelids doesn’t have to be a fantasy. Choosing the right products, avoiding the wrong ones and using the right application methods, together, can all help to make a big improvement in the end result. Check out our five expert tips below to help your eye makeup last on your oily eyelids.


1. Don’t Prime With Concealer

Priming your eyelids with concealer and powder is a common beauty hack, but it’s not a great idea for those with oily lids. “Stay away from putting something so emollient like a concealer on your lids. I never used concealer on eyelids,” Sir John advises. “I've always used invisible primer. [Or] I like to go in with liners or eye kohls as a base because they adhere and then pack eyeshadow on top of them. That's how I've been doing it forever.” 


To follow his suggestion, grab an eyeliner to prime the lids such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in the shades Bronze or Ivy. A shade that’s similar to your skin tone will help to create the perfect, lasting base for any eye makeup look


If you’re using a waterproof liner to prime your lids, Sir John recommends applying the liner to the lid and immediately blending it in with your fingers or a brush to avoid patchiness and streaks. Once you’ve successfully blended the waterproof eyeliner, you can continue with the rest of your eye makeup routine. “The staying power is going to be so serious,” he says. 


2. Be Wary of Your Eye Creams

“Your eye cream may be too rich,” Sir John explains. “If you have oily eyelids and your mascara isn't staying on or your eyeshadows are creasing a lot, that means that something is too rich.” For an easy fix, Sir John recommends using the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum. This quick absorbing eye serum instantly depuffs thanks to the roller ball applicator that serves as a little massage for your under-eyes. Opting for an eye serum with a lightweight finish over a rich, emollient cream can make a huge difference for your eye makeup’s lasting abilities.


3. Carry Blotting Papers

To minimize excess oils on the go, Sir John recommends keeping blotting papers at arm’s reach. “Instead of redoing your eyeshadow, just dab your eyes throughout the day. It'll absorb all the oil off your lids, but it'll keep your shadow intact,” he continues. Similar to the way those with oily skin blot their face to keep excess oils at bay, the same can be done for your lids.


4. Try Waterproof, Smudge-Proof Formulas

A long-wearing, infallible formula is always going to help when you don’t want your makeup to smudge. As we mentioned, using a waterproof, pencil eyeliner as a primer is a great start but the rest of your routine can follow. 


If you have an affinity for sharp, winged eyeliner, the L’Oréal Paris Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner choice because it offers 24-hour wear with a water-proof, smudge-proof formula. It’s the perfect answer to your oily eyelids dilemma and it comes in shades like Green, Blue, Gray and Brown.


For smudging mascara, if switching up your eye cream doesn’t do it, consider a waterproof mascara. For voluminous lashes, we love the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara or the L’Oréal Paris Air Wear Air Volume Mega Mascara Waterproof, Lightweight. If wispy, long lashes are more your speed, try the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Waterproof Lengthening Mascara. 


5. Avoid Cream Formulas

Much like the way concealer and eye cream create an emollient environment for your oily lids and exacerbate issues like smearing, so can cream eyeshadow. A long-wearing, waterproof, formula may be the outlier but using a waterproof eye pencil as a base and applying powder eyeshadow on top is single handedly, the best hack for oily lids. If you’re looking for a long-wear eyeshadow, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow for waterproof and crease-resistant wear.


Next: 6 Makeup Tips For Hooded Eyes 


Written by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photo credit: Chaunte Vaughn