Even if you’re not a beauty aficionado, chances are you’ve probably heard of face primer and eyeshadow primer. If you’ve ever dealt with patchy coverage or fading makeup, then you know how useful primer can be. And that brings us to the latest form of primer we’re loving these days: mascara primer. Yep, you can use a primer on your eyelashes before swiping on mascara. Want to know more about what eyelash primer is and how to use one? You’re in the right place! Keep reading to get the scoop on lash primer and learn about the best ones to coat your fringe with.
WHAT IS MASCARA PRIMER?
Mascara primer is similar to the primer you use on your lids and face, in that it helps enhance the makeup you apply on top. In the case of eyelash primer, it creates an even base for the mascara application while also boosting volume and length for a fringe that’s more dramatic and full. Lash primers also often double as eyelash conditioners, working to care for your lashes.
OUR BEST EYELASH PRIMERS
Ready to add a mascara primer to your makeup bag? Take your pick from our options below.
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer: This lash primer has a lightweight, conditioning formula that builds dramatic volume and length on each lash, creating an even base that can help boost the effects of your favorite L’Oréal Paris mascara. The lash primer acts as an eyelash conditioner over time for soft, nourished lashes.
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise™ Mascara Primer/Base: This pink-tinted mascara primer makes lashes look thicker and helps enhance mascara wear. The conditioning lash primer formula—infused with rose oil—also helps adhere mascara to your lashes.
HOW TO APPLY EYELASH PRIMER
Using a lash primer is seriously easy. Really, it only requires two steps!
Step 1: Apply lash primer. It’s time to apply your mascara base coat—AKA lash primer—to your eyelashes. Just as you would with mascara, place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep upward. That’s it!
Step 2: Apply your L’Oréal Paris mascara of choice. Once you’re done applying your eyelash primer, reach for your favorite L’Oréal Paris mascara and apply it to your lashes. Here are a few different types of mascara to choose from. Choose the one that suits your needs best!
False fiber mascara: The L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Fiber X Mascara is a two-step fiber mascara system that helps creates extreme volume and length.
Lengthening mascara: The L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Waterproof Lengthening Mascara has a precision brush to help lengthen the look of your lashes.
Volumizing mascara: The L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume has a wide-eyed brush that features short and long bristles to separate and coat every lash.
Colored mascara: The L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Washable Bold Eye Mascara in Deep Green offers a pop of color that's seriously striking.
HOW TO REMOVE YOUR LASH PRIMER AND MASCARA AT THE END OF THE DAY
We hope you enjoyed batting your lashes all day long—but before hitting the hay at night, it’s important to remove your makeup. Pick a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water to take off your lash primer and mascara. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types intensely purifies, removes makeup (even waterproof!), and cleans dirt and impurities. It’s powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. You can use it on your face, eyes, and lips. For eye makeup removal, just saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds before wiping your makeup away.
Congrats: You’re officially an eyelash conditioner and primer pro! Now you know how to apply lash primer for a seriously pretty lash look. Ready to move on? We’ve got you covered with even more eye makeup tips. Next, read up on the Best Eye Makeup and Eye Shadow Trends for 2020.