What is an Eye Primer and how does it work?
An eye primer works as a barrier between your eyelids and your eye shadow. A lot of times your eyelids become oily and cause your eye shadow to breakdown and crease. Creasing occurs when you can see a thin line of skin between your eye shadow on your lid from natural folds in your eye when you open and close them. Having a thin layer of primer over your eyes before applying your eye shadow can keep your makeup from creasing. An eye primer also keeps your eye shadow colors looking vibrant and fresh throughout your day.
The price of eye shadow primers can range anywhere from $1.00 - $20.00 depending on where you purchase. Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you because the level of oiliness produced by your eyelids are unique to you :P Listed below are eye shadow primers that I have/had and know work for me:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18.00 Sephora.com)
- Urban Decay Primer Potion ($19.00 Sephora.com)
- Mac Paint Pots ($16.50 maccosmetics.com)
- E.L.F. Mineral Eye shadow Primer ($3.00 eyeslipsface.com)
- NYX HD Eye shadow base ($7.00 nyxcosmetics.com)
Another eye primer that you can find without ordering online that I have not tried is the Palladio Herbal Eye Primer sold at Sally Beauty Supply stores for $8.00.
While the cost of an eye primer sounds pretty expensive, purchasing one is worth the investment. They last for a good amount of time (at least three months) and prolong your eye makeup so that you don't have to worry about reapplying throughout the day or doing touch-ups to keep the eyes looking fresh. I apply my makeup in the morning, and I don't touch it again until I am getting ready to go to bed.