Eyeliner never goes out of season, whether it’s a classic wing, a smokey line, or an on-trend cat’s eye, but it’s tough to get those points perfect in this weather. Don’t worry, we’re here with some hot tips to keep your eyes dry and perfect in the summer heat, from smooth application to stain removal to keep your outfits as safe as your wing tips.
The Right Tools for the Job
There are three kinds of eyeliner widely available – pencil, gel, and liquid. Pencil eyeliner is often thought of as the easiest to apply, but it’s also the easiest to smudge, making it less than ideal for hot weather. By contrast, liquid eyeliner is probably the hardest to apply, but it does arguably produce the best definition – it smudges very easily before drying, though, so watch out!
Meanwhile, gel is the medium favoured by makeup artists, and with good reason – it glides on with ease, dries quickly, and is resistant to humidity and sweat. That makes gel eyeliners our go-to for hot summer days. These products usually come in small pots or tubs, and are applied with a fine brush. Don’t be tempted to choose a really soft brush – you’ll need something with a little bit of structure to get those clean lines.
Top tip: Struggling with gel? Try combining different types of eyeliner to achieve your goals. First, use pencil to mark exactly where you want to go. Then, use gel to go over the top and reinforce the line. Finally, use a liquid pen to touch up the sharp corners.
Applying Like a Pro
Not everyone can get their eyeliner game right every single day, but with good technique and a little patience, you can keep those points on-point more often than not. Once you’ve selected your eyeliner and application tools, it’s all about getting a routine down.
The most important thing to figure out is a way of keeping your hand as steady as possible. Try resting the elbow of your working arm on a firm surface, and resting the little finger of that hand against your cheek for extra stability. Apply your eyeliner in good light, smile at yourself, and be proud of your work, however it comes out!
Of course, there are ways to cheat a little – some people apply liquid or gel eyeliner to the inner edge of their eyelash curlers, a clever way to get a perfect line every time. Others swear by dotting along their line first, then joining it up, to avoid those unintentional changes in direction. This is a particularly great way of getting started with gel eyeliner if you’re picking it up for the first time this summer to try and beat the heat!
Correcting and Erasing Mistakes
If and when you mess up, don’t panic, don’t reach for the makeup wipes, and don’t cry. There are so many ways to cover up and erase mistakes without wiping the whole lot off. Try any of the following on a cotton bud:
- Liquid makeup remover
- Petroleum jelly
- Clear lip gloss
Smudges and creases aren’t the end of the world – just focus on what you’ve done particularly well and work around any hiccups. We all learn from our mistakes!
Of course, getting eyeliner on your clothes is a whole other matter, as petroleum jelly isn’t going to make that any better. In terms of stain removal for gel or liquid, act fast to mop up any excess on a tissue, and check your garment’s label. If the washing instructions allow it, don’t be afraid to spot-treat that favourite shirt with a little biological detergent before you wash it on a normal stain removal cycle.
Keeping it Cool
In hot weather, makeup runs – there’s no way around it. Beat the heat by looking after your eyes. Use eyedrops in the mornings and evenings when you’re makeup-free, and be sure to keep on top of your antihistamines if you’re prone to hayfever. On that note, if sore eyes trouble you in summer, try to avoid practices like “tightlining”, or drawing directly onto the inner eyelid, where the cosmetic is more likely to enter your eye.
As stated above, gel eyeliner is the best option in heat and humidity, but for extra protection against runny streaks, top-off your liner with a translucent powder applied with a cotton bud. This is a great way of avoiding that dreaded eyelid smudge in your eyeshadow too.