5 Ways To Make Eye Shadow Stay On All Day

Eyeshadow look great but can be high maintenance. Here are 5 ways to make your eyeshadow stay on all day. These tricks are easy and they work. Trying countless eyeshadows can be expensive, prolong the wear of any eyeshadow with these tricks. Read my list of best long lasting high-end and low-end eyeshadow by visiting my post on Top 10 Best Long Lasting Eyeshadows That Stay On All Day . Below are ways that will make your shadow budgeproof.

1. Prepare a clean oil free base

Create a clean base for your eyeshadow to adhere to. This means having a clean and moisturized skin. Also powder your eyelid area to absorb the excess oil before applying eyeshadow.

2. Use an eyeshadow primer

Using an eyeshadow primer can not only prevent creasing and fading of the eyeshadow but also increase the intensity of the eyeshadow. My favourite high end primer is the Urban Decay Primer Potion and my favourite low end primer is the Elf eyeshadow primer for a fraction of the price. You can also substitute a primer with a good concealer.

3. Use a cream eyeshadow base

Another option is to use a cream eyeshadow base that has almost the same color as your eyeshadow. This allows the powder eyeshadow to adhere to the cream eyeshadow and also makes the eyeshadow appear highly pigmented.

4. Wet your eyeshadow

Using your eyeshadow wet will not only intensify the look but also prolong the wear of the eyeshadow. I like to spray the eyeshadow brush with a fine mist of water or contact lens solution and then dip the brush into the eyeshadow. Do not spray too much liquid or it will not only mess up the eyeshadow in the pan but also your eyeshadow look.

5. Spray water or makeup setting fix

Set your eyeshadow with mineral water, water or a makeup fix like MAC fix plus. This also gives a dewy finish to your skin.

Please read about my other How to make your makeup stay on posts:
5 Ways To Make Your Lipstick Stay On All Day
10 Ways to Make Your Foundation Stay On All Day
5 Ways To Make Eye Shadow Stay On All Day
10 Ways To Make Your Eyeliner Stay Put The Entire Day


  1. Anonymous16.7.11

    Yes this problem is my biggest one! Thanks for the tips....I will try them out.

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  3. Its really nice post. I love all tips.. Its really great information :)

  4. Its really nice post

  5. tiffanytoni29.2.12

    I just stumbled across this article because I was searching for a more economical way to "prep" my eyeshadow and I always see people use MAC's fix plus but I just KNEW there was a better way! That contact solution method is genius! LOL. I have tons of the free sample bottles they give u from the eye doctor, so I'll use that. THANK YOU! Can't wait to try it.

    1. You are very welcome. Another good alternative is the elf eye primer which is only $1. Best of luck!

  6. Anonymous6.7.12

    does vaseline work the same??

    1. I wouldn't recommend Vaseline because it can be quite oily and may cause the eyeshadow to crease more. Try concealer with powder on top.

  7. Anonymous10.9.12

    i have tried vaseline and it doesnt work for me,so going to try out wetting the brush:D

    1. Yes, that may work too. Good luck!

  8. Bridget18.9.12

    Thank u i have been dealing w this situation 4 while cause i only wear eye shadow eye liner and mascara.....no base.....thx again

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  10. I have the elf primer and it only comes in one color, ivory. If you have tan/beig skin and are using a light eyeshadow color like gold or something, it's going to look like chalk.

  11. When I tried a base it stayed more in the creases of my eyes, and wetting it didn't do anything. And I have a high quality eye shadow

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