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How to Keep Your Eye Shadow in Place

I love eye shadows. Just look in my makeup case and that's totally obvious. I love the various colors you can get, the different finishes and how they help accessorize an outfit. What I don't love about eye shadows is they sometimes crease and wear off throughout the day. So by the end of the day when I get home it doesn't even look like I applied any eye shadow.

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.

Makeup tip: How to keep your eye shadow in place. | arelaxedgal.com

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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.

An eyelid primer that will keep your eye shadow in place. | arelaxedgal.com

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?



  1. I'm in love with the primer that came with my Naked palette! My biggest problem is eyeshadow/liner smearing.

    Alix | www.apintsizedlife.com

    1. Nice. I haven't tried the Naked palettes yet. What's your favorite eyeshadow and liner?

      Thanks for reading Alix.


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