Some will say that if you’re not using eye primer you are committing a beauty crime! lol. While I believe you can definitely live peacefully without using eye primer I can assure you that you WILL see a difference in your eyeshadow(s) after using eye primer!
Eye shadow primers are applied to the eyelid and lower eye area prior to the application of eye shadow. It’s as simple as that. They even out the skin tone of the eyelids hide eyelid veins, and smooth out the skin of the eyelids. Eye shadow primers help with the application of eye shadows.
Primers can come in different shades that blend with skin tone. White primer is often used to make eye shadow shades more vibrant.
Why Use Eye Primer instead of Eyeshadow base?
Because it will keep your eye shadow crease-free while making color more vibrant and providing a smoother application. Formulated with polymer technology, it fills in any imperfections on the skin’s surface, prepping lids for all-day wear. It glides on smoothly, blends beautifully on all skintones, and dries on invisibly.
Most of us simply use their foundation or foundation primer as an eye shadow base and find that it does the trick, but foundation or makeup primers usually just help make makeup application smoother and more even. Eye shadow primer helps eye shadow adhere to the eyelid, stay in place, and also prevents creasing.
Quick Recap on Eye Primer Benefits ! :
1. Eyelid Prep
2. Evens Skin Tone
3. Intensifies Colors
4. Skin & Makeup Barrier
5. Prevents Creasing & Smudging
How Do You Apply Eye Primer?
– Choose the right shade of primer
– Choose the finish of your primer
– Choose the texture of your eye primer
– Cleanse your face and apply moisturizer
– Dab a small amount of primer on the back of your hand–it should only be about the size of a grain of rice
– Dip your ring finger or a small brush into the primer and dab it on your eyelid
– Allow the primer to absorb and dry (about 20 seconds) and then do your eye makeup as normal
Top 10 Eye Primers
When choosing your preferred primer, it’s important to bear the two below aspects in mind :
- Sheer/skintone/colorless ones like Too Faced Eye shadow Insurance, Urban Decay Primer Potion, and Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper. These tend to go with any shadow shade. Too Faced and Urban Decay also have shimmery versions but I personally prefer the originals as they go with any shadow.
- Strong colored ones that are pretty much eyeshadows in their own right, like MAC Paint Pots, MAC Paints or e.l.f. Essential Duo Eye Shadow Cream. These add intensity and dimension to shadows because you have two layers of pigments instead of one. But these won’t make your shadows color-true because they either have shimmer (matte shadows don’t look good over shimmery primers) or color (if you pack a pale blue over a black base, it will not be color-true).
- Silicone-based : Dries down quickly and is hard to blend or budge after. (Most bases and primers in the market fall within this category.) These will last for hours but you need to apply your shadows fast or they will not grab pigments as well once they are fully dried and set.
- Cream-based : Does not set so you can take your time blending for a perfect finish, but will still smear and shift if rubbed (MAC Cream Color Base). These grab shadow pigments more evenly and intensely, but may be less long-lasting if you have oily lids.
Here’s my selection of this year’s top 10 Eye Primers (prices range from $10,29 – $58) :
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Prime yourself ! =)