Whether you’re a makeup novice or veteran, you likely know the struggles of dealing with faded eye makeup. No matter how diligent you are with using eye makeup primer, it seems as if your look goes from vibrant to dull within a few hours of wear. That being said, you may need to take a different approach to your eye makeup game, and eyeshadow base may be the missing element.
Eyeshadow base has been getting tons of attention in the beauty world for good reason. It has been said to help you enhance your eye makeup, so it’s only right that we put it on your radar. If you’re ready to explore the wonders of this beauty must-have, we’ve got you covered. Follow along as we give the rundown on eyeshadow base and how to use it in your eye makeup routine.
WHAT IS EYESHADOW BASE?
Before we dive into the steps of using an eyeshadow base in your beauty routine, you’ll need to know exactly what it is. Eyeshadow base is a cream-based product that boasts a thick, tacky texture. It bonds to the eyeshadow and intensifies the color for a more vibrant and radiant look. You can typically find eyeshadow bases in various shades that can be used to customize your beauty look.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EYESHADOW BASE AND EYE MAKEUP PRIMER?
It’s common for people to refer to eyeshadow base and eye makeup primer interchangeably. However, they both have key differences that you should know about. For starters, the sole purpose of eyeshadow bases are to intensify the pigments of shadow shades for a brighter look. They’re also available in a range of shades. Keep in mind, an eyeshadow base is not formulated to prevent creasing or fading.
On the other hand, eye makeup primer is a beauty essential used to create a smooth and even canvas. It works in your favor to keep creasing and natural oils at bay to help your eye makeup go the distance. Not to mention, this beauty staple makes it oh-so-easy to blend your eyeshadow. Unlike an eyeshadow base, primers are usually neutral or clear in color. You’ll also find that they are available in both liquid and cream formulas to suit your needs.
CAN YOU USE EYESHADOW BASE AND EYE PRIMER TOGETHER?
Now that you’re well-versed in the purpose of eyeshadow base, you may be wondering if you can use the product with an eye makeup primer. And the answer all depends on your preference. Some people like to use each product separately, while others love the result of using the essentials together. The key to using these products the right way is to apply them in the correct order. Make sure to apply eye primer first, as it is the foundation of any eye makeup routine. You’ll also want to use thin layers of each product for a seamless application process.
HOW TO USE EYESHADOW BASE IN YOUR EYE MAKEUP ROUTINE
Now it’s the time you’ve been waiting for—learning how to use an eyeshadow base in your makeup routine. Follow our step-by-step tutorial below to get the ball rolling.
STEP #1: PRIME, PRIME, PRIME
As we mentioned, you always want to start your eye makeup off on the right note by priming your eyelids. This staple comes in handy to create a smooth canvas for the rest of your eye makeup application. If you don't have an eye primer, or if you’re all out of it, simply dab a small amount of foundation or concealer onto your lids.
STEP #2: REACH FOR AN EYESHADOW BASE
Once your primer is in place, you’ll want to turn your attention to an eyeshadow base. Using your fingertips, apply a thin layer of the product onto your lids.
STEP #3: COLOR YOUR LIDS
Get ready to bring on the color with purple and pink eyes. Dust the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow In Glistening Garnet all over your lids. Follow up by applying Smoldering Plum onto your crease. Make sure to blend evenly for a seamless transition in color.
STEP #4: LINE YOUR LASHES
Amp up your look by accentuating your eye shape. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Le Liner Signature Easy-Glide Mechanical Eyeliner, Waterproof in Noir Cashmere, and line across your upper and lower lash lines. You can even take things a step further by adding a gorgeous wing into the mix.
STEP #5: PUMP UP YOUR LASHES
No eye makeup look is complete without mascara. Coat your lashes with a few layers of the L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, Lightweight Mega Volume Washable in Blackest Black for a flirty and voluminous touch.