If you have oily eyelids, then you know the struggle is real. Eyeshadow sliding or creasing and eyeliner transferring to your top lid is your biggest makeup nightmare. No matter what you do, it seems like eye makeup is out and you’re sticking to an exclusive bold lip routine. But it doesn’t have to be that way, unless of course, your signature fuchsia lip slays.

Because oily eyelids can be caused from many factors (overall oily skin type, rubbing your eyes too often, environmental changes and even stress), it’s key to know how to work with your sebum producing lids. With the right steps, you can rock liners and shadows like there ain’t no tomorrow.

Oily Eyelids


First and foremost, no matter what type of skin you have, it’s advised not to rub your eyes. Knock that off! Then, think about your skincare routine before applying any product. You only want to apply makeup to a fresh, clean face and with that comes the often overlooked eyelids. You can be makeup free for hours, but that sneaky oil will make it’s way onto your face, making it harder for product to adhere. So before you put anything on, run over your eye with a makeup remover pad or a Boscia Green Tea Blotting Paper. This will remove any residue on the lids and leave you with the perfect application canvas.


When you’re ready to apply makeup, you want to create a nice base. You can use a little foundation on the lids first, but I’d advice going with a primer specifically formulated to help your eye makeup last. e.l.f Essential Eyelid Primer and Wet ’n Wild Fergie Take on The Day are drugstore cult favorites. Dabbing a little bit of product on the lid with your ring finger will keep oily eyelids at bay. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is also a great option–the different formulas can do everything from make shadow shades pop to give you a boost of anti-aging goodness. And if you want waterproof wear along with battling oil, then Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof EyeColour Base is a must. Once warmed and blended on the lid, your skin tone will be even and your eyes ready for 24 hours of glam. Dust a thin layer of translucent powder over the lid with a shadow brush to set the primer and move on.


So far you’ve spent like two minutes accomplishing the above. Now it’s time to get down to dressing up your eyes. The trick for oily eyelid beauties is to stay away from product types that tend to cake or make the lids look even oilier. Think thin layers and building up product, not applying it all in one swoop. When you’re selecting the proper eyeshadow formula aim for powders or creams that deliver 10 plus hours of crease-free wear. Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow lasts and lasts and lasts. Then finish off your look with a gel eyeliner. This is key! Gel eyeliners go on smooth and set in place once dry. Unlike creamy pencils or even harsh lined liquid formulas, a gel eyeliner like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner will allow you to achieve multiple looks–perfect for the beauty budgeter. 

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