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October 03, 2011

Why Wear Eyeshadow Primer?

Eyeshadow primers (or bases, it's the same thing) act as a base for eye make and are applied to eyelids before eyeshadow and/or eyeliner application.

I've found eyeshadow primers
  • Even out eyelid skin tone
  • Even out eyelid creases
  • Prevent eyeshadow creasing (a result of natural eye movement)
  • Enhance the vibrancy of eyeshadows
  • Keeps eyeshadow in place all day
Basically an eyeshadow primers works much like a paint primer and prepares eyelids for eye makeup.

Primers come in many different forms. My Urban Decay Primer Potion comes in a hard long tube with a doe foot applicator. However, I just ordered Too Faced Shadow Insurance and that comes in a squeeze tube. You can also buy primers in tubs (eg. MAC Paint Pots).

People say it's best to apply primer with a concealer brush or the applicator they come with, but I prefer to use my finger. I find I get a lot more control and I use a lot less product. REMEMBER: If you're using your finger, be sure to use your ring finger as that applies the least pressure. When it comes to the application of any make up product, test them out and just find what works best for you.

When applying primer be sure to blend it all the way up to your brow, especially if you use a brow bone highlight. Let your primer set for a minute or two before applying eyeshadow.

As you're reading this, you might be wondering if you need an eyeshadow primer. Well, that's up to you. I wear my Urban Decay Primer Potion every day, even when I'm wearing no shadow or neutral colours, but that's a personal choice. You may like to just wear it when you're wearing vibrant shadows or what your colour to stay on all day.

Some people use their concealer as a primer, others make their own (according to my research this is done by mixing equal parts of foundation or concealer and an unscented body butter or lotion). The choice is yours!

As far as primers go, I'd definitely recommend Urban Decay's Primer Potion (click here for my in-depth review). As mentioned, I'll have Too Faced's Shadow Insurance review soon so I can compare.

If you have any eyeshadow primer questions or want to recommend your favourite primer, please comment below!

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1 comment :

  1. I love my MAC Paint pot in Soft Ochre as an eyeshadow primer!
    It goes on so smoothly and my eyeshadow stays in place all day!! Put it on at 7:00 in the morning and your eyeshadow looks exactly the same when you take it off at 8:00 at night.
    And if i'm feeling lazy it makes a great undereye concealer because of its consistency!


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