Why Eyeshadow Primer is Necessary

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Adding a new product into your makeup routine may seem hard, especially if you aren’t sure if it’s essential. But what if it’s more than important than you thought? A lot of people assume that an eyeshadow primer is not necessary when it comes to applying their eyeshadow.

The commonly asked question is whether adding this extra step yields positive results? Well as it turns out, yes! An eye primer deserves a place in your makeup routine. Using one can offer you some real benefits. Keep reading to learn how crucial an eye primer is and more so how to use it.

Eyelid Prep

A primer creates a base for the eyelids, absorbing excess oil and providing an even surface to work. Without primer, greasy eyelids can end up giving your eyeshadow that creased effect throughout the day. It’d be so frustrating to purchase an expensive eyeshadow and see it go to waste so quickly.

That’s where an eye primer comes in. Applying one before dusting your shadow ensures that your eye makeup lasts longer; and also makes your shadow easier to blend, providing a smooth canvas for your eyeshadow making it stay put.

Smooth Eye Shadow Application

If you struggle much to apply your eyeshadow, it might translate to a lack of skill or either putting less effort. The good news is that it might not be the case, and maybe a primer is all you need. Without an eye primer, your shadow can sometimes go on unevenly making it difficult to blend out.

A little layer of primer goes a long way in creating a blank slate on which to apply your eyeshadow. When trying to create a trendy or more advanced makeup look, for instance, the sunset eye, use a primer to help you achieve the desired look.

To Intensify Color

Just like lips, eyelids often have a natural pigment that makes it difficult for specific shadow colors to pop. Primers, especially those with white or nude tones in them serve as clean canvases that allow your eyeshadow colors to stand out.

Some shadows also appear lighter than they look in the palette. Primer helps you intensify the color making your shadow appear more vibrant. Also, figure out which shades of eyeshadow combination ideas that best compliment and make your eyes pop.

Helps Lock Eyeliner in Place

It might come as a surprise, but did you know that an eye primer can prevent your eyeliner from rubbing and smudging off after only a few hours? To make your eyeliner last long the entire day, first, apply an eye primer and set it with your favorite compact powder, and then apply your eyeliner.

When choosing an eyeliner always consider the formula as it plays a vital role in preventing eyeliners from running. For instance, a smudge-proof formula will last longer, and you won’t have to worry about your liner smearing off your eyes.

Eye Shadow Primer vs Eye Shadow Base

While a primer helps prevent creasing and fading, which makes your eyeshadow last longer, an eyeshadow base, on the other hand, is usually thicker to intensify color and make your eye shadow adhere to the eyelid.

Although some eyeshadow bases don’t prevent creasing or fading, there are certain products formulated to act as both a primer and a base. For even more staying power, use a primer first, then go in with the eyeshadow base.

Why You Can’t Use a Normal Primer as Eyeshadow Primer

Wearing a primer is a must to avoid smudging, creasing and frequent touch-ups. Do not, however, substitute eye shadow primer with your face primer as they perform different tasks.

Most face primers have silicone or water-based formulas which makes them smooth to touch, helping them fill out pores and blur any imperfections. Eye primers, on the other hand, feel slightly tackier and grippy, which allows your eye makeup product to last.

Honorable Mention for the Best Drugstore Primer 2019

E.L.F Tone Correcting Face Primer is a weightless and silky formula that transforms your face into a smooth and even canvas. Its color-correcting formula helps neutralize discolorations like redness and yellow spots. This gentle and clean formula is perfect for every type of skin including sensitive skin.

L’oreal Magic Lumi Primer is a smooth liquid with light coverage. It’s a unique formula that infuses your skin with natural light to help give you a natural glowing finish. To add luminosity, pair this primer with a foundation and highlighter to complement each other.

Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, on the other hand, is made with high-definition filter technology that reflects and diffuses natural light striking an airbrushed finish. It also offers two different formulas making it compatible for all skin types. It minimizes pores brightening your skin and softening any imperfections on the surface.

How to Use an Eyeshadow Primer

Now that you’ve learned everything about an eye shadow primer, here’s how to use it;

First, use a gentle cleanser to wipe across your eyelids to get rid of excess oil or any lingering eye makeup before layering products on top. Next spread a thin layer of eye primer onto your lids using a small shadow brush.

Grab your favorite palette and apply eyeshadow to create an eye-catching look. Then use your eyeliner to line along your upper and lower lashes as desired. Complete your look by coating your lashes with mascara, and voila you’re done!

Additional Eye Makeup Tips and Tricks

If your eyelids are extremely oily, avoid using cream eyeshadows very close to the lash line. Layer your cream eyeshadow with a powder one or at least dust a minimal amount of translucent powder on top.

When choosing eye creams, consider the formula and go for gels or oil-free ones that don’t leave your eyelids greasy. Remember to use blotting papers to get rid of any oil residue on your eyelids.

Once you’re done with your eye makeup look down and finish with a makeup setting spray. Ensure you spray from a distance enough to get just a spritz, not a whole shower. The setting spray will hold your eye makeup firmly just the same way it does with face makeup.

There you have it, everything you need to know about eye shadow primers. Get yourself one and make that eyeshadow pop.

Resources: Bustle, Makeup

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