Hey everyone! We’re talking primers again today! In my primers post, I didn’t touch on eyeshadow primers. I view face and eyeshadow primers in two different lights. I said in my face primers post that as long as you exfoliate and moisturize before your makeup, you don’t necessarily need a primer. Well, if you wear eyeshadow, then I think that you do need a primer! I never wear eyeshadow without using a primer. Eyeshadow primers give your eyeshadow something to adhere to. This allows the shadow to stay in place longer, avoid creasing, and you can build up the shadow easier and it makes it show up more true to color. The good news is that there are many products you can use as primers and they come in all price ranges!
Concealers make great primers! They help cover any blood vessels or discoloration, which helps your eyeshadows appear truer to color. Not every concealer will work though. Avoid anything super creamy that takes a while to dry because it may cause creasing. One great option is the MAC Prolongwear Concealer. It can also be used under the eyes to conceal, highlighter, and as a lightweight foundation.
I’ve used many, many, many primers over the years from a variety of brands. I’d have to say hands down my favorite is the Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It doesn’t have any pigment to it, but a thin layer blended into the eyelid helps my eyeshadows stay put and it doesn’t feel greasy like I have found a lot of the primers to be. I also have eyelids that are a tad bit oily, so that doesn’t help. (The tube in the photo is a deluxe sample, the actual size is much bigger!)
Cream eyeshadows are a great option to prime your eyes. I love the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots. I’ve used the shade Painterly for years (I’ve hit the bottom of my current one, I use it that much). It is matte and with a pink undertone. It covers any blood vessels on my eyelids and really keeps my eyeshadow in place. If you need a yellow toned one, try Soft Ochre. They also have shimmery ones, such as Bare Study, and various color options that you can pair with your eyeshadow look. Another awesome option are the Maybelline Color Tattoos. They have them in pots and stick forms and are around $7 each! They do a comparable job to the MAC Paint Pots and come in a ton of colors. I like Bad to the Bronze (shimmer), Tough as Taupe (shimmer), Barely Branded (metallic), and Creamy Beige (matte) in the pots. They do tend to dry up a tad bit faster than the MAC ones, but at their price point, that doesn’t bother me! I currently have the stick in the shade Barely Beige, and it’s a perfect dupe for the MAC one!
And that’s it for eyeshadow primers! Do you have a favorite? Let me know!