Eyeshadow primers are essential in our makeup routine, especially for those of us who have oily eyelids! I swear by eyeshadow primers, actually I can't wear any eye makeup without them, because nothing lasts on my bare eyelids for more than 2 hours! Apart from that, they also make the eyeshadow colors pop and look very vibrant! Eyeshadow primers come in a variety of colors / formulations and packagings! So, shall we see the different types of eyeshadow primers? ;)
- Flesh toned : this is the most common type of eyeshadow primer! Some of these primers are a bit more pigmented and apart from making your eyeshadow last longer, they also cover any veins, dark or red spots you may have on your eyelids, making your eyeshadow show its true color!
- White : this type of eyeshadow primer isn't very popular, but it's used when you want to make your eyeshadows (especially your colorful ones) appear more vibrant!
- Shimmery : you can use this type of eyeshadow primer with shimmery eyeshadows to make them pop even more or if you want to make a matte, dull eyeshadow look a bit more interesting, as the shimmers from the eyeshadow primer will still show through the eyeshadow!
- Lipgloss tube : this type of packaging is sanitary, because you don't have to dip your fingers into the product, you just apply it directly on your eyelids with the applicator! To make it even more sanitary, you can wipe off the applicator before each use, but you will lose some product that way! This packaging isn't very convinient, because once you've used quite some product, then it's difficult to pick up some with the applicator, because the product tends to stick on the sides of the tube! Yes you could cut it off and scrape off all the remaining primer and put it in a jar, but it's dangerous, because you could get small plastic pieces from the packaging into the primer and you don't want small plastic pieces near/on your eyes, do you?
- Squeezy tube : this is the best type of packaging, because it's sanitary, since you don't have to dip your fingers into the product, you just squeeze out some of the product and you apply it on your eyelids either with your finger or with a brush! This packaging is convinient too, because you squeeze the product out, so even if it gets stuck on the sides you can use every last bit of it, without having to cut off anything! ;)
- Lipstick tube : this type of packaging is not extremely sanitary, unless you use a clean brush or freshly washed fingers each time to pick up some product from the tube and apply it on your eyelids! If you apply the product directly on your eyelids, you can transfer germs, bacteria and oil from your eyelids to your primer! This type of packaging is convinient, as you can use every last bit of the product! When you get low on the product, simply scrape off some with a brush, the same you would do with a lipstick! ;)
- Jar : this type of packaging is not extremely sanitary, unless you use a clean brush each time to pick up some product from the tube and apply it on your eyelids! Even if you use your freshly washed hands to pick up some product and apply it on your eyelids, there are still germs and bacteria under your nails, which could get transferred to your primer if you're not extremely careful !
If you have dry eyelids you should use a rich, moisturizing eyeshadow primer, like the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which has a heavy consistency! If you have oily eyelids, then choose a drier formula, like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Elf Mineral Eyeshadow Primer! People with normal eyelids can use everything! Always make sure to apply a very thin layer of product and spread it nicely and evenly, otherwise your eye makeup will crease really badly! Less is more! ;) You can also use cream eyeshadows, cream/gel eyeliners or pencil eyeliners as an eyeshadow primer, especially if you don't have oily eyelids! ;)
I hope that you enjoyed my sixth Makeup 101 and that you found it helpful somehow! See you in my next Makeup 101! ;)