ELLE beauty di­rec­tor So­phie Beresiner tack­les your beauty woes and make-up dilem­mas. THIS MONTH: the tri­als of oily eye­lids

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ELLE’S beauty di­rec­tor an­swers your ques­tions. This month: oily eye­lids

Q Oily eye­lids. What is that all about? Even Smash­box Primer doesn’t work on me. I’ve given up be­liev­ing that my eye make-up will stay on longer than five min­utes.

Ch­eryl, Liver­pool A Be­fore we get into this, let me in­tro­duce you to the op­ti­mistic an­gle, as a fel­low owner of lu­bri­cated lids. Have you no­ticed the huge in­flux of eye-gloss prod­ucts lately? It’s a mas­sive trend. Have you used them and no­ticed how, yes, they look amaz­ing, but then they even­tu­ally seep past your lashes and make a hazy film over your con­tact lenses? And you know what al­most per­fectly repli­cates that eye-gloss ef­fect? Yep, oily eye­lids. The num­ber of times I’ve re­ceived mes­sages via In­sta­gram ask­ing what prod­uct I have on my eyes when there is no prod­uct.

If oily eye­lids are get­ting in the way of your make-up, though, for­get the ‘ac­cept and en­hance’ ap­proach and move straight to the ‘so­lu­tion’. Skip the nor­mal primer and in­stead opt for a spe­cialised eye­shadow primer. The fact that eye­shadow primers even ex­ist sug­gests you aren’t alone in this com­mon phe­nom­e­non (which, by the way, usu­ally hap­pens be­cause of ei­ther hor­monal fluc­tu­a­tions, or just how oily your skin nat­u­rally is). In fact, when I told the ELLE team that I was an­swer­ing your query in this is­sue, there was a mur­mur of agree­ment from about 75% of the room. I mea­sured it. I’ve tried and loved Guer­lain Eye-Stay Primer, £18.45, and Smash­box Photo Fin­ish 24-Hour Shadow Primer, £20, but I per­son­ally pre­fer to use a creamy con­cealer, such as Yves Saint Lau­rent All Hours Con­cealer, £22 (pic­tured, left). I like that it re­ally knocks out my nat­u­ral skin colour, so I get a base for any make-up to ad­here to, but it also lets the make-up shout that lit­tle bit louder. It’s just the same with lip­stick: if you blank out your nat­u­ral un­der­tones, you get more of a colour pay­off.

My other trick is to fight fire with fire. If you go for an ‘oily-ish’ prod­uct, it will be­come your friend. I un­der­stand that you may not be ready to smear lip­stick on to your eye­lids and blend it out into a glossy smoke, like I do, in which case go for a creamy shadow stick. Line your wa­ter­line with kohl (oili­ness will not in­ter­fere with this), and let your make-up be free to move. Be­lieve me, a livedin look is about a thou­sand times cooler than a set-and-per­fected Insta-eye. You’re a real per­son – let your eye­lids shine IRL.

CLINIQUE High Im­pact

Lash El­e­vat­ing mas­cara, £18


Beauty Al­lHoursCon­cealer,£22



YVES BOBBI BROWN LongWear Gel Eye­liner

Duo, £19 Un­der(Cover)

,£20 Per­fect­ingCo­conutEyePrimer


MARC UR­BAN DE­CAY 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pen­cil In Deep End,


SMASH­BOX Photo Fin­ish

Lid Primer in White, £18


5-in-1 BB Ad­vanced Per­for­mance Cream Eye­shadow Broad

Spec­trum, £19


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