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Adding an extra product into your makeup routine may seem like a pain, especially when you aren’t sure if it’s completely necessary. Eye shadow primer tends to be one of those products for people. Is it really worth buying a primer to be worn under your eye shadow? It turns out there could very well be a place in your makeup routine for eye shadow primer. Below, we’re sharing the top four benefits of using a makeup primer before eye makeup application. Keep reading to learn all about eye shadow primer and how to use it.
When wearing eye shadow without a primer underneath, it should come as no surprise when your makeup starts to move or fade over time. Throughout the day, your eyelids can start to look greasy, and the excess oils can cause your eye shadow to start fading. An eye shadow primer can help ensure your eye makeup wears longer.
If you struggle to actually apply your eye shadow, the problem may not be your lack of skill. Without eye makeup primer, eye shadows can sometimes go on unevenly, and they can be more difficult to blend out. A light layer of primer could make all the difference in the time and effort required for application by creating an even surface to place your eye shadows.
Eye makeup primers can also be used before eyeliner application as well. Creating a perfect flick or dramatic cat eye is quite the achievement, but it isn’t so satisfying when your liner starts to rub and smudge off after only a few hours. Applying eyeliner overtop of an eye makeup primer can help it wear evenly, just as it would with eye shadow.
If your eyelids are less than smooth, an eye shadow primer can help create an even canvas for the rest of your eye makeup application. You can even use a color correcting palette to help hide dark spots in place of your eye shadow primer.
Now that you know everything that eye shadow primer can do, here’s how to use it.
Step 1. Cleanse. Eyelids are one spot you may be forgetting to cleanse, but it’s important to sweep away any excess oils before layering products on top. Use a gentle cleanser, like a micellar water. Saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleanser Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types and wipe across eyelids to completely clean in a single step.
Step 2. Apply eye makeup primer. Using a small shadow brush, spread a thin layer of primer onto your lids. You probably don’t need as much product as you’re thinking, so use sparingly. About a mustard seed-sized amount should be enough for each eyelid. Softly tap the eye shadow primer on, being careful to not tug or pull at your skin, and work it from your lash line to just beneath your brows. Apply along your bottom lashes, too, if you wear lower liner.
Step 3. Add eye shadow. Of course, you didn’t come this far not to wear eye shadow. Grab your favorite palette, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude, and create one of the eye-catching looks detailed on the back of the palette.
Step 4. Line your lids. With the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner, line along your upper and lower lashes.
Step 5. Finish with mascara. We can’t forget mascara. Complete your look by coating your lashes with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara.
Next up: Check out our article, 7 Primer Hacks to Help Make Applying Makeup Easier.