There may be a few reasons why you suffer from watery eyes. Here are tips to help keep tears at bay: 1. Wash makeup applicators often and stay away from sparkly and iridescent eye makeup. 2. Avoid eye allergens and rubbing your eyes. 3. Keep cell phone, computer and other device screens 20 to 26 inches away from your face and take a break after every 20 minutes of using a device.