Using a primer around the eyes can improve application and increase the longevity of shadow and liner. Find out whether you should use regular face primer, an eyelid primer, or both.
What's the difference between eye shadow primer and face primer?
Eye shadow primers are specifically for helping eye makeup last all day without creasing. These primers can also neutralise the tone of the bare eyelid and make product colours more vivid.
Face primers serve a variety of purposes. However, their main function is to smooth out skin and ensure longer-lasting makeup. General makeup primers are formulated to work well with foundations and concealers, either liquid or powder.
Whilst both products increase longevity, eye shadow primers are often thicker. This heavier texture is more compatible with the oilier and thinner eyelid skin. Face primers have a lighter consistency to keep foundation from grabbing or caking.
Can I use my normal face primer under my eyes?
Face primer can and should be used on the under-eye area. This type of primer is the best option for keeping your under-eye concealer in place. However, you can apply eye shadow primer lightly under the eye if you're planning to use shadow and liner on your lower lids. This will ensure the products hold.
The eye area can be very sensitive, not just because the skin is much thinner but also because of the vulnerability of the eye itself. You should always be careful to keep products out of the eye, especially if they're not formulated and tested for the eye area.
Alternatively, look for a specific under-eye primer such as Benefit Stay Don't Stray, which doubles as an eye shadow primer and concealer primer.
Can I use my normal face primer on my upper eyelids?
Using a face product so close to your eye area can cause sensitivity and isn't recommended. Face primers are also less effective at tackling oily lids and ensuring eye makeup lasts all day. Instead, use an eye shadow primer, which has a thicker consistency and is both better and safer at the job.
Your eye area is the perfect place for primer, as the right primer can really make your eye makeup and concealer last much longer. It's always best to reserve face primer for face products and under-eye concealing and use eye shadow primer on the eyelids. You can browse our entire range of primers to find the best face and eye primers for you.