Happy Hump Day, everyone! I’ve been meaning to write this post since I reviewed NYX’s eyeshadow base all the way back in mid-September. Base, primer, it’s all so confusing! Add to that, some products, like Mac’s Paint Pots, work as both. How’s a girl to figure it all out? Well I have a handy guide for you if you keep reading.
Primers are usually flesh-toned products that apply rather sheer to the lids. They don’t change the color of your eyeshadow or make it appear more vibrant, but they do help keep your eyeshadow on all day crease-free.
- To Use: Let any eye creams soak in a few minutes before you apply. Gently apply to the eyelid with a clean finger. It seems counter-intuitive, but the thinner the layer, the better it will work. Now let this set for a minute or so before applying your eyeshadow. I take this time to apply my concealer under my eyes. Then you’re ready to apply your eyeshadow and voila!
- Recommended Products: Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Wet n Wild Fergie Primer (honestly this is so good and the price is incredible)
Unlike primers, bases typically have no guarantee to help your eyeshadow last longer. Traditionally, bases help your eyeshadow colors look brighter and pop, so to speak. Whites are generally best for light or bright colors, and black usually works for darker eye looks. Of course, if you have the money, you can also buy a base to match whatever eyeshadow color you want to wear. You can use either a product marketed as a base or cream eyeshadows usually work as a base.
- To Use: I like to apply with a clean finger over primer. I try to keep the base below my natural crease, otherwise my eyeshadow starts to crease up. If I’m doing a bright eyeshadow as eyeliner, I’ll also put some under my eye to hold the color
- Recommended Products: NYX eyeshadow base in white.
Products That Are Both
I would imagine this is the holy grail of the primer-base phenomenon. Yes, some products work as both. I’m told that Mac’s Paint Pots work as both, but I haven’t had the chance to try them since I’m cruelty-free.
So what do you think? Do you use primers and bases? Do you have any products you’d recommend for my list? Let me know in the comments below!