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Eyeshadow Primer | Its Importance And Product Recommendations

What is an eyeshadow primer? Can it really do wonders for your makeup routine? Here’s what you need to know about eyeshadow primers as well as the best primers out there today!

Eyeshadow Primer: Benefits + Best Products

Every great makeup look begins with a good primer. Just like how a painter would prime its walls before painting, eyeshadow primers serve the same purpose for our eyes. An eyeshadow primer makes your eyeshadow to stay longer on the eyes. It evens out the skin color on your eyes and at the same time, it intensifies the color of the eyeshadow. Further, it will also prevent creasing, caking, and shadow smudging on the lids. Beauty lovers, not to prime is a crime– that’s why I have a list of the best eyeshadow primers in the market today that you can try!


1. Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer | Eyeshadow Primer | Its Importance to Your Makeup Routine Plus Product Recommendations
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The Too Faced Shadow Insurance stays true to its name. Its long-lasting wear insurance policy doesn’t disappoint! This product is definitely one of the best eyeshadow primers out there. Its strongest point is its ability to hold eyeshadow for long hours despite a humid environment. Women with oily skin also swear by this anti-crease formula, a definite must-have!

2. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the holy grail of shadow primers for a lot of women out there, myself included. It is a bit pricey, but the quality of this primer is way up there! It’s easy to apply and has a smooth finish. What everyone loves about the primer potion is that it easily turns any eyeshadow more vibrant without a hint of any creasing. If you’re fond of watching YouTube makeup tutorials, you’ll actually see that most Vloggers use this primer too.

3.  Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

The Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer is well-loved for its smooth finish and long-lasting hold. But more than that, this primer actually offers more than you’d expect. My friend loves this primer and she told me that it’s not just great with eyeshadows and preventing the creases, it’s also a great eye brightener as well. And even though it’s also a bit pricey, the good news is that a little goes a long way with this one.


4. Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless Eye Primer

Do you have dry skin? The Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless Eye Primer is what you need! I’ve heard rave reviews about this product like how easy it is to blend and how easy it is to apply the eyeshadows over it. I know that there are more primers out there that can dry the skin more, but with this eye primer from Tarte, there’s no dryness, irritation, itching.. and no creases too!

5. E.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer in Sheer

E.L.F. products can be a hit or miss, but this Mineral Eyeshadow Primer is definitely a hit! For just $3, you can have a drugstore primer that is actually comparable to the high-end primers out there! It’s often praised for its staying power and ability to keep eyeshadow color vibrant. Truth be told, this is surely a bang for your buck makeup product!

6. NYX Cosmetics HD Eye Shadow Base

NYX Cosmetics HD Eye Shadow Base | Eyeshadow Primer | Its Importance to Your Makeup Routine Plus Product Recommendations
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I’ve always been a fan of NYX and I’m a huge fan of this High Definition Eye Shadow Base too. This has been my go-to primer for over a year now and it has always delivered! What do I like about it? It performs like the expensive primers out there… possibly even outperforming them too. It keeps my eyeshadow intact for hours and hours without any creasing. I also use this even when I’m not wearing any eyeshadow as it can even out skin discoloration around my eyes.

7. Mirabella Beauty Primer for Face and Eyes

Mirabella Beauty Primer for Face and Eyes | Eyeshadow Primer | Its Importance to Your Makeup Routine Plus Product Recommendations
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Calling all women with oily eyelids, this primer might just be the grease solution you’re looking for! The Mirabella Prime for face and eyes is a product makeup professionals can vouch for. It’s staying power is amazing! Not only can it keep the creases at bay, it also helps reduce grease off your face!

8. Laura Mercier Eye Basics

Laura Mercier Eye Basics | Eyeshadow Primer | Its Importance to Your Makeup Routine Plus Product Recommendations
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The Laura Mercier Eye Basics primer is an old favorite amongst makeup lovers. It’s one of those eyelid primers where you can choose from a range of shades as it also has the ability to color correct the skin in the eye area. Therefore, this primer isn’t just for prepping the eyes and keeping your shadow in place all day long, it also effectively brightens the eyes!

9. bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer

bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer | Eyeshadow Primer | Its Importance to Your Makeup Routine Plus Product Recommendations
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The bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer is a showstopper! Aside from taking care of the creases and shadow color, this product goes beyond to make sure your shadow stays in place. Tried and tested, the Prime Time eyelid primer won’t allow any shadow to bulge or spill even if you’re sweating like crazy!

10. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer | Eyeshadow Primer | Its Importance to Your Makeup Routine Plus Product Recommendations
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Before we end this list, let’s not forget the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, also a huge favorite amongst makeup artists and makeup lovers! It accomplishes what it sets out to do and that is to prevent creases, lock in eye shadow and keep the color vibrant all day. Moreover, the Photo Finish Lid Primer will give other products a run for your money due to its perfect matte finish.


Now that you know how important applying eyeshadow primer is, it’s time to learn about how to apply eyeshadow for different eye shapes from makeup artist Wayne Goss:

In any look, the eye makeup steals the spotlight, which is why it is extremely important that you do your eye makeup well! While eyeshadows can do its job of adding colors to your lids, it can only do so much. Beauty lovers, don’t forget to prime! A little can really go a long way with these products because you don’t have to use much at all. What’s important is that you create a smooth canvas for your eyeshadow and prevent the evil oils from taking over your eye makeup during the day!

What primer are you currently using? How much do you love your eyelid primer? Share with us your experiences in the comments section below!

While on the search for the best eyeshadow primer, you might as well look into the Types of Eyeshadow and How to Apply Them to complete your look!

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1 Comment

  • Tamara Dungan
    Posted May 3, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I’ve tried half of these as well as several that didn’t make the list. Most of them are still in my makeup drawer. Lol. I’m currently obsessed with using my MAC paint pot as my base. It works so well…especially if you set it with a very light dusting of translucent powder before applying shadows.

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