Budge Resistant Eye Makeup

Women tend to blink their eyes more often than men, and I am definitely an example of that.  Plus, I have seasonal allergies so my eyes go through periods where they water and itch.  But, I wear a completely made-up eye almost everyday with shadow, liner, and mascara, and I don’t want to look like a raccoon or an insomniac by noon.  Below, my tried and true routine for budge resistant eye makeup.


Eyelid Primer

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube – $20 and MAC Prep + Prime Eye – $17

Primer.  Use it.  Basically, primer allows you to get more mileage out of your eye makeup.  It prevents creasing, which tends to happen–in my experience–after about six hours.  I used to use a MAC primer stick, which they don’t make anymore, but which was a great product, so I feel comfortable recommending MAC’s new version of it above.  I currently use Urban Decay Primer, which is one of Sephora’s best-selling products and has worked well for me:

Prime me, baby.


 Light Shadow

MAC Eyeshadow – $15 and Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow – $20

After you apply primer, it’s time for eye shadow.  At left we have Shroom by MAC.  It looks a little lilac-y in the image above, but it’s really just a shimmery beige.  It works great by itself if you want to go light on the eye makeup, but it also works well applied to the brow bone if you’ll be applying darker shadow on the lid.   At right, Ivory Slipper by Estee Lauder, another basic, neutral-toned shadow that I love.

Room for Shroom.


Dark Shadow

MAC Eyeshadow – $16 and SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Duo – $16

If you want a darker color on the lid, or in the crease between the lid and the brow bone, I love Trax by MAC, a sparkly eggplant tone, or Intense Black duo by Sephora, a silver and black combo compact.  MAC has such intense and vibrant pigments; they really go the distance during an eight, ten, even twelve hour day.  I’ve also used Sephora’s eye shadow in the duo shown above for evening wear, and it has also lasted through many hours of fun.

Dark Shadows




Rimmel London Exaggerate – $5.79 and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner – $22

I’ve made no secret of my love for Rimmel products.  How do they make such high quality, beautiful cosmetics for SO CHEAP?  If someone figures it out, let me know.  The Exaggerate eyeliner is budge-proof, smear-resistant, and easy to apply.  Plus, it looks great.  On the right, we have Bobbi Brown eyeliner in a pot.  Full disclosure: I’ve never used this product.  BUT, I can vouch for Bobbi Brown’s quality, which is extremely good.  And, I’ve used gel eyeliner in a pot before, and it’s a great type of product.  You use a very thin brush to apply it, which takes a bit of practice, but once you master it, it lasts all day.

I walk the line.



Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies – $5.04 and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara – $10

Need proof that you don’t need to spend the big bucks in order to have great cosmetics?  Maybelline.  They make the best mascara, hands down.  I love their relatively new product “Falsies” which–as advertised–makes my lashes plump, long, and luscious.  It lasts all day and looks amazing.  BUT.  Only on the top lashes.  If you try to wear non-waterproof mascara on the bottom for more than four hours…big trouble.  And yet waterproof mascara is the pits–it’s clumpy and dry.  Thankfully, Clinique came out with their Bottom Lash Mascara.  It is not exactly waterproof–it washes away with just soap and water, no oil-based products needed.  But it won’t give you gross black smudges under your eyes.  And for $10?  Sold.

Happy eyes!


Do you have any recommendations for budge-proof, smudge-proof eyes?  Tell us about it!

One Response to “Budge Resistant Eye Makeup”
  1. Amber Dillon says:

    I’ve never used a primer before, and I hate the creasing that especially happens with shimmery shadows, so I’ll have to try that! I love Maybelline mascara and have used Great Lash since birth, practically. I’ll have to try the Falsies!