Eyeshadow primer helps to smooth your eyelid and it keeps your powered eyeshadows in place longer. They come in several different types of formulations and even colors. Do you need one? Not everyone does, but it does come in handy for some type of looks and if you’re going for a professional cover look then you definitely need to have one on hand.
Are eyeshadow primers different from foundation primers?
Yes. That’s the simple answer. What makes them different is that they are specifically formulated to work around the sensitive eye area. For instance, have you ever used a regular foundation primer around on your eyes and found that it stung if you ever got a little dabbed on your tear ducts? These types of cosmetics are formulated to avoid that. Of course everyone is different so you have to test them yourself just like you do other cosmetics.
Can I just use foundation in place of a specific eye primer?
Sometimes. If it is a matte foundation it may work. It will depend on whether or not you have oily skin. If the foundation has a matte finish it will be less likely to crease. Your eyeshadow will probably adhere. It also has the advantage of give a more even look to your eyelid and undereye skintone.
This is one of those bend the rule type of things. The only way you can truly know is to try it. There is one big caution and that is that it might irritate your skin. If you’ve ever gotten a tinted moisturizing foundation in your eyes then you know what I mean. It can irritate and then you’ll be walking around with red streaked eyes. It sort of defeats the purpose.
Which one do you use?
For every day makeup looks I either use my foundation product or I apply concealer in a really thin application. If it is an evening makeup style I prefer a primer.
Do you actually use a product made for your eyes or do you prefer to use your foundation?