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Everyone Needs Eyeshadow Primer

By Sheila Arkee

Eyeshadow primer has been one of my must-have makeup products for well over a decade. As much as I can’t imagine living without it, I am always surprised by how frequently I encounter people who are unaware of the very existance of priming products for eyes.

What eyeshadow primer does is ensure your eye makeup lasts without fading or smudging, and it helps make your shadow look more vibrant.

To show you why you really need a primer for your eyes I decided to demonstrate what happens to your makeup both with and without a primer.

Here are two identical eyes, applied exactly the same way. I used Sally Girl shadows in Starry Night, Auburn, and Snow and used Milani’s Color Play liner in Jaded Edge. The primer used is Make Up For Ever’s Eye Prime.



A few hours later, you can see signs of fading on the unprimed eye, but the primed eye is still going strong.

By the end of the day, the results speak for themselves.

If you don’t have a primer in your arsenal, get one soon!

I have yet to find a budget primer that I favor, so I usually reach for Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Make Up For Ever Eye Prime. I love these two because they do not feel dry and don’t drag on my lids.My eyes are 33 and not geting younger – I’ve used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and MAC’s Paint Pots and I find both a little too dry for my lids.

What do you use to make your shadow last?

  • Georgina

    Have you tried the Palladio primer available at Sally’s? I think it does an okay job.

    Also, do you think the Maybeline Color Tatoo shadows could be used as a primer? I have super oily lids and since discovering eye primer, it is a must have in my routine. So, I’ve been afraid to use the Color Tatoo as my primer.

  • http://lolassecretbeautyblog.blogspot.com lola seicento

    You are so right about needing primer! I love this look (before it creased especially :-)

  • http://beautyinfinitum.blogspot.com/ eight

    I only started using primer two years ago and I haven’t looked back!

  • Jean

    I’m the same as eight – it’s a MUST! (sometimes even w/o shadow, just because my lids are greasy…ewww) I’ve found e.l.f. essentials ($1 line) primer to be the best hands-down, with my #2 being Concrete Minerals primer.

  • Wendy

    Georgina- I use the Maybelline Color Tattoos as bases all the time and they work great. I use the white one more often than not. The trick is to apply a thin layer.

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Ditto what Wendy says! I do find them a bit drying, though!

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    My eyeshadow life without primer was a sad, smudgy state!!!!

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.com Kimberly

    I have TONS of eye shadow primer and still can’t find one that works. Grrrr! I will give Makeup Forever’s next. I tried Jesse’s Girl today and I think it almost worked! Oh, and Bare Essensials has done the best so far, for me.

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net Cindy (Prime Beauty)

    Agreed! We had a temp in our office for a few weeks and I sooooo wanted to pull her aside and tell her about eye primer–she was a creased mess within a few hours!

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Cindy – sometimes makeup interventions are a necessity!,

    Kimberly – keep me posted on your search for the perfect primer!

  • Corviddreams

    Two budget primers that I use all the time are Claudia Stevens Eye Prep Lid Primer (I get it at Sally’s) and the Nyx HD Eye Shadow Base. There may be better ones out there, but I have to avoid any products that contain Bismuth Oxychloride. I have also used the new Milani Shadow Eyez sticks as a base for powder shadows.