posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Id try a setting powder followed by a setting spray

Post # 3
685 posts
Busy bee

Disclaimer: I don’t know much about make-up and only wear it for special occasions.  One thing I do use is Laura Mercier Eye Basics – which is essentially a primer for eyeshadow.  That may help with your lids!

Post # 4
93 posts
Worker bee

Are your moisturizers emollient? If they are, that could be the issue as emollient product can form in the lines of our face and cause creasing.

I am not sure what the consistency of the MAC eyelid primer you are using, but if its too creamy that could also lead to creasing, maybe try just putting your foundation or concealer on your eyelids and see if that works better.

I would also recommend trying out ELF’s Studio Make Up Lock and Seal for your eyeshadow and see if that will help it stay longer. Additionally, you should use a setting spray like Ben Nye Final Seal as well as a Finishing Spray such as Kryolan Finishing Spray as that will make your last longer and be smudge proof. 

Post # 5
35 posts

I use the Urban Decay Primer potion, and I love it. I have a very busy job where I’m walking around and sometimes sweat, and I have no creasing or loss of pigmentation problems. I use the “Eden” color. I’ve had success with primer + eyeshadow, and I’ve also tripled up with primer + paint pot + eyeshadow and have had no problems. If you think of adding an eyeliner, Lorac’s “Front of the Line Pro” lasts all day on me as well. As for the skin/foundation, I’m not very knowledgeable about that area. Hope that helps!

Post # 8
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would recommend Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. It lasts all day long. I actually have to remove it with makeup remover wipes and then use my Clarisonic to get it all off at night. I wear it with my Smashbox primer and I like how it works together. I know some people don’t like to use a setting powder with it because it’s already matte, but I use the Rimmel Stay Matte powder and I don’t think it makes it overly “powdery” looking and helps keep everything in place.

As for the eyes, I would just recommend getting better quality eyeshadow (like the LORAC Pro Palette). Try using your Pro Longwear concealer as a lid primer, it was designed to also act as a primer and works great for that as well.

Try using a lighter moisturizer. CeraVe and Cetaphil are good inexpensive ones that aren’t too thick or creamy and don’t make you oily.


Post # 9
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

angiej2118:  I don’t know much about make-up (I don’t wear it), but are you drinking enough water?  If you’re dehydrated, it really won’t matter how much you moisturize.

Post # 10
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

angiej2118:  one thing i have done lately is use this amazing exfoliant…. its a product from European Wax Center- it’s their exfoliant. It’s crazy amazing. You put it on your skin like a cream…wait 5 minutes and then rub in a circular motion… (its kind of gross…) and these little white balls kind of fall off… it’s dead skin! it’s so gross, but my skin has never felt so amazing… doing this 2x a week has literally saved my skin… Fi loves when i do it, cause if i nuzzle him, he says its super soft…  here is what it looks like…

Post # 11
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

angiej2118:  Former makeup artist here…. Please don’t airbrush. It will pill and make you look dead. 

You and I have the same skin type and problems. I found success with these. I swear by these products:

Ren Cream cleanser. It’s super hydrating and does a good job of cleaning and balancing your skin. I use it once a day (at night) with my clarisonic.

Algenist oil serum: anti aging and super hydrating; First Aid Beauty moisturizer helps calm any redness; Philosophy vitamin c powder that I mix with my Peter Thomas Roth SPF 30 moisturizer. The powder is a SPF booster and helps even out skin tone and the moistuizer is awesome and doesn’t leave any white chalkiness; Hourglass No. 28 Serum primer. It’s oil based, super hydrating, will keep makeup from being absorbed into your skin. 

At night I use Peter Thomas Roth 10% glycolic moisturizer. It does a good job of evening my skin and balancing it do it doesn’t feel like the sahara. All of this helped balance my skin so it looks better in makeup.

As far as makeup, I HATE MAC foundation. It oxidizes too much and is loaded with crazy chemicals that will absolutely move and irritate dry/sensitive skin. Estee Lauder double wear is awesome for longevity, but it is also a little rough on dry skin. What I like is Armani Luminous silk. This makeup is AWESOME on dry skin- doesn’t pill or move, and with my hourglass primer is super long wearing. It gives a beautiful glow on even the flattest and driest skin. It photographs beautifully and is what is used on many runways. Their color range is really remarkable, too.

If you are looking for something that wears longer, I will alway always always be a Dior girl, specifically, Airflash. This stuff is sweat and waterproof, was designed to withstand the heat and lights of professional runways, and is layerable- go as light or as heavy as you like. It’s aerosol and is buffed on with a brush. It’s pricey, but it’s worth it. The only drawback is their limited range of colors (I actually have to blend the two lightest shades to make my own).

I used to work for all the big companies and know that most of the stuff out there is gimicky. I worked for Smashbox for a while and their primers are a joke. All those different formulas of primer are a gimmick. They are all essentially the same, with the amount of dimethicones tweeked slightly or a dye added here or there for the appearance of being different (the blue hydrating primer makes me laugh- there is nothing about it that is different except the color). Smashbox, in my opinion only makes one thing worth buying- their mineral powder. Throw out that primer- it doesn’t work. Switch to Hourglass. It’s the only primer I’ve worked with that truly turns your makeup waterproof. Also, finish with Urban Decay All Nighter spray. It sets your makeup FOREVER. 

Here is proof of these products working….(me with no makeup)


Post # 12
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

angiej2118:  a) consider not exfoliating every day. b) look into airbrush makeup for your wedding day. c) look for a good toner (Clinique is a good place to starT) and d) consider changing your foundation. Urban Decay has a great foundation that stays on me most of the day. Most others wear off.

You may need to apply a rice powder (compact or loose) as necessary to curb the production of oil.

Also, it may be an internal issue. Do you take oral birth control? If you do not, consider asking your doctor to prescribe it. You may have overactive sebaceous glands. If you really don’t want to go for oral birth control, or are already taking it, ask your doctor about a drug called spironolactone, which can help lower testosterone levels and help you produce less sebum.

Post # 13
1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

As far as eyeshadow primer, if one isn’t working feel free to try others.  My eyelids are very oily and crease with almost anything.  I had to try a few to find one that works well.  Urban Decay primer is pretty awesome.  

Post # 14
162 posts
Blushing bee

I also recommend Dior Airflash.. spray foundation.. I apply with a brush but you can also spray directly on as long as your hair is properly covered. It’s about $60. 

Post # 15
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Another great eyeshadow primer is by tarte; I find it works better for me than any other, including Urban Decay.  Without the tarte primer, my eyeshadow is guaranteed to crease.  I also love Dior Airflash, which other PP’s mentioned, and I really like NYX’s setting spray (you can find it at Ulta over the drugstore makeup section).  I’ve only used the Dewy version, but they also have a matte spray; it really helps keep my eyeliner, especially when I wing it, in place.

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