Allure magazine suggests using a primer and a blotting powder to keep eyeliner from smearing. Primer goes on before makeup application to dry the skin so the eyeliner does not slide off. Blotting powder should be applied after the makeup to set the look in place.
Eye primer comes in either powder or cream form. It is a colorless cosmetic that should be applied all over the eyelid for best results. Blotting powder is a translucent pressed powder that is swept gently all over the eyelid after the makeup has been applied. If the blotting powder makes the eyeliner look dull, a second coat of liner can be applied over it.