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Lid Primer. A Do or a Don’t Bother?
Tue, 14 August 2012 1:11PM
Should I use a eye lid primer to stop my eye liner and shadow from smearing? Or will a regular face primer do the job?
You’d think so at first, right? But generally, lid primers are more ‘sticky’, because they’re for women who have oily lids and need extra help keeping eye makeup in place. Face primers, however, tend to be formulated more to smooth out skin (pores, lines, so on) – not so much for keeping shine and slick in check. Therefore, if you have oil-prone lids, it’s worth trying a lid-specific prep product – Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, $29.95, Kit, is a good place to start.
If, however, you’re like me, and your lids are more on the dry (*cough, lined*) side of things, I honestly don’t think you need a primer. I simply use my regular concealer under cream shadows, or concealer topped with translucent powder if I’m wearing powder shadows, and everything is still in place by the day’s end. My only exception to this rule would be if you have discolouration on your lids, so much so that concealer doesn’t cut it. In this case, try Laura Mercier Eye Basics, $42, Adore Beauty.
Oh, one thing I forgot to mention in favour of lid primers – they’re also formulated and pigmented so as to make eye shadow appear more intense. You know how if you wear a coat of white polish underneath a coloured one, it makes it appear poppier? Same theory goes with most lid primers. So it all depends on the state of your eyelid skin, and what kind and colour eye makeup you’re wearing.
Does anyone else have any thoughts on lid primers?
Pr any other suggestions for how to keep eye makeup in place?
Posted by: Katrina Lawrence