One of the absolute worst things that can happen to any girl after hours of getting ready and applying the perfect, most flawless makeup look is to get mascara all over your lids around your eyes. It’s so hard to remove and it smudges everywhere and the worst part is that it’s jet black so it shows up super vivid. But, can it be prevented? Or is every girl bound to suffer from running makeup forever?

Preventing your makeup from running is completely doable and doesn’t take too much time away from your regular makeup routine. Aside from not applying excessive amounts of it, we have a few tips that will help.

1. Use an eyelash primer. Just like the primer on your lids and face, it prevents the makeup from moving around and adheres really well.
2. Setting powder. Sometimes mascara runs if there are oils on your lashes prior to mascara application so dusting some clear setting powder will help.
3. Apply mascara in light coats. This will keep running at a minimal amount if it does occur. Additionally, wait a few second in between coats to let the mascara dry properly.
4. Use silicon based mascaras. These are best for preventing mascara from running.

Follow these easy tips and you’ll have run and smudge-free eyes all day and night!