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Eyeshadow creasing is a major let down. Your eyes make your entire face pop. If your eye makeup is bad, your look can go from cute to why did I even attempt to leave the house in a matter of seconds. What makes your eyeshadow crease? According to professional makeup artist Gabriel Almodovar, “eyeshadow creases because of excess oil production on the eyelid.” Here are some ways to prevent eyeshadow creasing:


In order to prevent creasing, start with a clean and dry base. To achieve this, you need a primer. You might not think you need a primer, but it should be a beauty staple in your makeup bag! Primer is great for eyeshadow, foundation, and concealer. Seriously, follow this cardinal rule: always apply primer.

Primer creates a base that’s almost like a second skin. Your makeup can sit on the layer of primer instead of on your skin. This helps prevent makeup from enhancing wrinkles or clogging your pores. Plus, it helps everything go on smoothly, which limits eyeshadow creasing. Another added bonus? It brings out the pigments in your eyeshadow and allows your makeup to last longer.

MAC has a great primer, but if you’re looking for something a little less expensive, I’d suggest Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion or e.l.f.’s Eyelid Primer. If you don’t want to invest in a primer (even though you really should), you can dab concealer or foundation on your eyelids to prevent creasing. Top off either one with a translucent powder.

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion 

E.L.F. Eyelid Primer 

Cream Shadow vs. Powder Shadow

The best thing about makeup is that there’s always a new product on the market. Certain shadows may be new or trendy, but stay away from cream eyeshadow. In general, cream eyeshadow is a huge crease-enhancer. Powder shadow goes on super smooth and helps stop clumping. But if you still can’t stay away from cream shadow, use loose powder to keep it crease-free.


How you apply your eyeshadow is important as well. Sometimes I’m lazy and I grab whatever brush is in front of me or use my fingers to apply makeup. I’m not the only one who does it. Basic hygiene aside, using a brush instead of your fingers makes a huge difference. The shadow goes on smoother with a brush. Tapping your brush and removing excess shadow prevents caking. Apply thin layers of shadow to avoid caking, which leads to creasing.

Always remember to start off with a clean base. Even with these tips, you might experience some creasing. If that happens, just lightly dab your finger over your eyelid to smooth it out and voila! Creases be gone!