Eye Shadow Primers and Bases 101

As a Makeup Artist, I get asked these two questions all the time. “What’s a good eyeshadow base? Is it the same thing as a primer?”

An eye shadow primer/base in a nutshell preps your skin, brightens the area, prevents eye shadows from creasing, and it allows your eye shadows to last longer all day. Eye shadow primers/bases prevent your eye masterpiece from performing a disappearing act on your face and allows your work of art to remain vibrant throughout the day.

Eye shadow primers can come in a transparent/ tinted, thin and creamy consistency.
Eye shadow bases can come in thicker cream consistency and often times range from white, neutral and colored applications.

Here are some popular Primers & Bases used by some of the Pros.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

This is a sheer and nude base that almost disappears when applied but it does excellent at preventing creasing and providing a long-lasting eye shadow application. If you don’t want to spend the price tag on this primer, here is the dupe for it:

Ruby Kisses Magic Primer

It does the exact same thing for less.

Benefit Lemon-Aid


This is a soft yellow-based cream base that mutes out the discoloration and pigmentation on the eyelids. It comes in a small mirrored compact, which by the way is great for traveling. It dries to a near matte finish and gives your eye shadows a pop!

MAC Cream Colour Base
 

These cream bases are available in a variety of colors at your local MAC counters. Colour effects range from a light veil to highly dramatic and bold colors. These bases are easy to apply and are extremely pigmented. They can be worn alone and set with powder or they can serve as a base for eye shadows.

MAC Paint Pots



A highly pigmented eye color that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colorfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Paint pots are cream based and can be used with eye shadows and liners. They blend well, they do not crease and you can apply them to your eye lids with your fingers or a brush.

NYX Jumbo Pencils

These creamed pencils are very inexpensive and the glide on very smooth. They are blendable and have a great color pay-off. I would recommend however, using these with a primer first because these do tend to crease after a while. They come in a wide range of colors and can be used alone or with eye shadows to make colors more vibrant.

NYX Eye Shadow Base




These tiny pots are excellent for creating a eye shadow base under your eye shadows to give them a POP! These keep your eye shadows vibrant and long-lasting. They blend well and they are definitely blendable.
Overall they are called different things but they are pretty much the same in relation to what they do for your eye shadows.
These aren’t the only Primers & Bases on the market. They can vary from low-end beauty supply/drugstore to the more pricey high-end brands. Chose what’s best and works for you and let’s keep those eyes poppin’!



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