Not being very makeup savvy I just accepted it thinking that's how eye shadow worked. Until I stumbled across eyelid primer. How I stumbled across it I can't recall, but once I started using it I never turned back.
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Using eyelid primer helps with
- Putting a barrier between the shadow and my eyelid
- Creating a foundation for my eye shadow to hold onto so it stays on longer
- Making the application of my eye shadow smoother
- Keeping oil produced by my skin from reaching my eye shadow
- Seals in any eye treatment products I've put on
The eyelid primer that I settled on and continue to use is the Elf Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer. The primer claims to prep "your eyelid for smoother, longer-lasting and crease-proof eye shadow. The lightweight liquid quickly absorbs into the skin for comfortable wear and increases eye color longevity."
Even though the Elf Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer is only $2, it works really well. My eye shadow lasts through the day and I don't see it start to wear off until well after the day is done. Also the intensity of certain colors is greater than if I just applied the shadow directly to my skin.
On days when I decide to wear eye shadow here's how I apply the primer
- Clean my face and then apply moisturizer to my face avoiding my eyelids
- Apply a thin layer of primer to my eyelids using the wand. Depending on how I want to apply my shadow depends on how much of my eyelid I apply primer to
- Make sure the primer is blended
- Then I apply my shadow by patting it on instead of swiping
Do you use primer for your eye shadow?