Eyelid Primer | Makeup Monday from Kellie Mae
Last month we discussed the importance of having a good primer to hold your foundation in place. This time we’re going to discuss another important item to have in your personal kit, and that’s primers for your eye lids.
As a professional I gravitate towards a few products that I have fallen in love with for several reasons and use on myself and my clients. Here are my top favorites.
MAC Paint Pots in the colors “Painterly” and “Soft Ocre.”
Painterly is a pinky color and Soft Ocre is the more yellow one. Both a really great at concealing any dark skin discolorations or hiding big purple veins in your eye lids. I take a small dab (seriously this stuff goes a LONG way) on makeup brush or Q-Tip, and then work it across the lid from base of the lashes up to the crease or even brow bone where needed. Applying one of these colors will instantly brighten your eyes. If you choose to wear powder shadow after applying this paint pot, let primer sit on your skin for a minute or two before begin covering with light layers of shadows for the desired depth of color. Application of powders over a cream will further enhance the longevity of the cream by “setting” it. Remember that using a primer will make your colors pop and seem darker than what you’re use to, if you are not currently using a primer. So go light handed at first to get to the desired color depth. If I have ever worked on your face for bridal or a photo shoot, I’ve used one of these on you and your eye makeup probably lasted all day and then some.
My other favorites to have in my kit are two colorless traditional shadow primers. Shadow Insurance by Too Faced, and Clean Slate 360 Creaseless by Tarte.
I like both, but I prefer the Tarte one over Shadow Insurance. The Shadow Insurance one can be “sticky” occasionally and it can create difficulty when trying to blend colors. Again as noted above, shadow primers will make your colors “pop” so make sure to go light handed with the shadow application and work to get the depth of color that you want.
If you’re on a budget and looking for a long lasting primer for your lids, or you are an on the go person, I highly suggest the Mabelline 24 hour Color Tattoo cream shadow.
It is very similar to the consistency and wearability to MAC’s Paint Pots. My favorite color from this line is Barely Branded. It has a little shimmer and helps neutralize discoloration on the lids. You can layer shadow easily on the top or wear it alone.
MAC Paint Pots can be purchased at a freestanding MAC location, at a MAC counter in Nordstrom, or through their website. The cost is about $20.00.
TARTE cosmetic products can be purchased at Ulta, Sephora, or their online website. The cost is about $20.00.
TOO FACED cosmetic products can be purchased at Ulta, Sephora or on their website. The cost is about $20.00.
MAYBELLINE cosmetic products can be purchased at most drug stores for around $7.00.