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How to Use Eyelash Primer to Boost Your Mascara

The underrated product might be the secret to better lashes.
February 15, 2023


If you’ve ever dealt with patchy coverage or fading makeup, then you know how useful primer can be. Eyeshadow primer and lip primer can help with the longevity of your makeup look, and some makeup primers can even help with skin care issues like redness or oily skin

That also brings us to the latest form of primer we’re loving these days: mascara primer. Also referred to as lash primer, this underrated product boosts the effects of your mascara to give you longer, more lifted lashes. If you want to learn more about lash primers, keep reading to get the scoop on how to use an eyelash primer and the best mascara primers to coat your lashes.

What Does an Eyelash Primer Do?

Lash primer creates an even base for mascara application while also increasing volume and length for lashes that look fuller and longer. Lash primers can also stop clumps from forming in your mascara, and the smoother surface means your mascara will also go on more evenly so each lash is coated with formula.

Mascara primers also often double as eyelash conditioners, working to care for and soften your lashes, which is a benefit you’ll start to notice even more after consistently using the lash primer.

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The Best Eyelash Primers to Pair With Your Favorite Mascara

Ready to add a mascara primer to your makeup bag? Take your pick from the 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 make your mascara look even better. The lash primer also conditions your natural eyelashes, making them softer over time so you won’t have uncomfortable or crunchy lashes . Users say the primer makes their lashes look full and long, and their mascara doesn’t flake or smudge after using the primer.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Primer/Base

This pink-tinted mascara primer makes lashes look thicker. The conditioning lash primer formula also helps your mascara bond to your lashes, and the lash primer’s wand has over 200 bristles, so you know you won't miss any of your lashes — not even the tiny ones of the inner corner. Reviewers have said that the primer makes their lashes look even curlier and more volumized than a lash curler.

How to Use Lash Primer

One of the best parts of using a lash primer is that it only requires two steps to give you prepped and conditioned lashes.

Step 1. Apply Lash Primer 

Before you start, make sure your lashes are clean and you use an eyelash curler to give them shape and a curl. Then, Just as you would with mascara, place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep upward. Let the lash primer dry before applying mascara.

Step 2. Apply Your Mascara

Once you’re done applying your eyelash primer, reach for your mascara. Here are a few different types of mascara to choose from: 

L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Mascara: The double-hook brush helps lengthen the look of your lashes by grabbing, separating and coating each hair with the ceramide-infused formula. each one your lashes so that every hair is coated and lifted and they’ll be lifted for up to 36 hours of wear. The lifting mascara is also an addition to the Telescopic mascara lineup, which includes the fan favorite L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Mascara

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara: This volumizing mascara gives your lashes instant volume and length, and the wavy brush helps coat every lash so they’ll look fuller. It’s also clump-resistant and smudge-resistant, so you won’t have to deal with any transfer or black streaks.

L’Oréal Paris Air Wear Air Volume Mega Mascara, Lightweight Mega Volume Washable: With a lifted double-bristle and air whipped formula, this volumizing mascara creates volumized lashes that last up to 24 hours. You also won’t have to worry about the mascara getting dry, as the balloon-shaped packaging protects and seals in the formula.  

Do You Let Lash Primer Dry Before Applying Mascara?

After applying your primer, wait about 15 to 30 seconds for the primer to dry before you apply your mascara. This lets you get the full benefits of the primer, and it also helps prevent any color transfer if you’re using a brightly colored mascara.

How to Remove Your Lash Primer and Mascara

After batting your lashes all day, be sure to remove your makeup and mascara before hitting the hay at night.. Follow these three simple steps to take off your mascara gently and effectively.

1. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Ideal All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes. The soft towelettes remove all traces of dirt, makeup and mascara without drying out the skin. Close your eyes and gently wipe your face and eye area with a towelette. 

2. If you’re using a waterproof primer or mascara formula, you can also use micellar water to remove it. Saturate a cotton ball or round with the micellar water, then hold the pad over your closed eyes for a few seconds so it can remove your eye makeup.


3. After removing your primer and mascara, wash your face with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser to further cleanse the skin, and the cream cleanser also helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and smoothen the skin with vitamin C.

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