– Apply a makeup primer to eyes, patting gently with your 4th finger to avoid pulling the delicate skin. I like OC Eight Mattifying Gel, but any primer will do. (A great option is Skindinavia, which makes a slew of oil- and paraben-free Makeup Finish mists to hold shadow in place. Try Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish.)
– Use a makeup brush, not your fingers. The oils on your fingers will transmit to your lids, speeding up the fading process. High-quality brushes are fine and dandy, but even cheapie brushes from the drugstore, Target or Sephora will aid in smooth, longer-lasting makeup application.
– After you apply eyeliner, double back over it with an eyeliner brush dipped in translucent powder, or in a shadow the same color as the eyeliner. (This trick also works on eyeliner on the “waterline” inside lower lids.)
– Finish with a light dusting of translucent powder over shadow (my standby is Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Mineral Veil), topped off with another spray of Skindinavia Makeup Finish.
– Finally, if you’re out and about, keep some blotting papers handy. Clean and Clear makes fabulous, cheap versions–or, in a pinch, run to the ladies’ room and use a toilet seat cover! Sounds gross, but it works like a dream to banish oil.