Lizzi’s Makeup Basics – Eye Primer

I often take it for granted how much I have learned about makeup over the years. I have no qualifications in makeup, but I love the stuff and actively seek out knowledge. Recently one of my friends was complaining about her eye-shadow not staying in place through the work day. My instant and obvious question was “What primer do you use?” She looked at me blankly and stated she didn’t use one. “Whaaaa? No primer? Well that’s your problem right thur.”

So what is an eye-shadow primer?

An eye-shadow primer can be described as a preparatory coat on naked eye-lids to create a smooth canvas. This aids in the adhesion of shadows and helps prevent creasing. They can often also offer more intense colour payoff than shadows alone. I like to think of primers being the difference between ‘I swear my makeup looked good 2 hours ago’ and ‘my makeup still looks too good to take off’ (8 hrs later).

The scientist in me felt that such a claim needed to be backed up by an experiment. I applied eye-primer to one of my eye lids and then applied loose shadow to both. I used different brushes (of the same type, make and size) to apply the shadow so that there could be no possible crossover of primer to the un-primed lid. From here I took pictures; at application, 1, 2, 3 and 4 hours later to show what happened. For the purposes of: 1. The integrity of this experiment, and 2. Not looking ridiculous, I did nothing but watch movies between pictures, obviously of you are busy or an eye rubber you can expect the results to be more extreme.

At application: You can see that the shadow on the un-primed eye (righthand side of this picture) is less intense, placement was harder and the sparkles don’t show up as well, the shadow just doesn’t look as good.

1hr: The difference is already beginning to show. You can see some general fading on the un-primed eye (right hand side)

2hrs: Pretty obvious now, the creasing has begun to take hold and is most obvious in the inner corner.

3hrs: Gah!

4hrs: Well, I might as well wash it off and start again.

It’s said that a picture paints a thousand words, and this is no exception. I used Lime Crime: Candy Eyed Eye-Shadow helper and then Sugar Pill: Royal Sugar. I think the Lime Crime primer is fabulous for loose pigments and you cannot go past the quality, pigmentation and general awesomeness of Sugar Pill shadows.

Eye Primers are widely available across many brands – here’s just a few:

From top around: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Lime Crime Candy Eye-shadow Helper, Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Clinique Canvas, Benefit Stay Don’t Stray and Nyx Eye-shadow Base.

Have you tried an Eye Primer? Which one, and how did it work for you?

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