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The problem: during the height of summer, you may find your eye makeup smudging, running down your face, creasing, or simply disappearing altogether. And if you dare to venture into your garden or farm with your eye makeup on? Forget about it.

But you have a jam-packed schedule and won’t have time to get all made up for the meeting with your accountant later that morning. You have to decide whether to either skip it or do it beforehand (which we know can end in disaster). But guess what? Your eye makeup is just that versatile – you can master an eye makeup look that suits you – create a colorful ombré, or opt for a simple winged eyeliner look. And then actually get your makeup to stay in place. Really!

Believe it or not, there are ways to avoid this dilemma and keep your eye makeup fresh all day long. Even if you sweat a lot, have oily eyelids, or are currently enduring 95 degree afternoons, you can keep your makeup in place. Here’s how to do it.

Choose the right formulas.

If you want your eye makeup to be sweat-proof, you need to use waterproof or water-resistant formulas. These products won’t smudge nearly as easily as regular eye makeup, so check your labels carefully before purchasing – and when in doubt, read the reviews.

Also, for eyeshadow, opt for powders instead of creams. For eyeliner, use liquid or gel instead of pencil. Pencil and creams both contain oil, so they’re much more likely to smear over time.

Use a primer.

Look for an oil-free primer or pressed powder, and apply it to your lids before you add color or liner. You need to use an actual primer for this to work. Don’t substitute concealer or foundation to prime your eyelids, because those products contain oils which will cause your makeup to move around.

Set your makeup.

After you’re done with your makeup, it’s time to “set” the whole look in place. There are a couple ways to do this. First, for eyeshadow, you can apply a light dusting of a loose, clear powder across your eyelids. For eyeliner, you can apply a powdered eyeshadow in the same pigment on top of the eyeliner.

Alternatively, you can simply use a setting spray and lightly mist it over your eyes (and the rest of your face, if you’re wearing other makeup). This will seal your look in for the entire day.

It’s nice to go out all-natural. And sometimes it’s nice to get all dolled up. Now, the choice is truly yours, even in summertime!

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