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Eyeshadow Primer Vs Base; Is There a Difference?

Eyeshadow Primer Vs Base; Is There a Difference?

When you want your eyeshadow to last a while, do you turn to a primer or a base? Though the terms are often used interchangeably, the two are not the same! It's important to know the difference so you can choose the best one for your look.



Primer is always the first step. It creates a smooth surface, helps avoid creasing and keeps natural oils from smudging your shadow. It's normally a neutral shade, so it doesn't detract from or enhance color. 


A base also goes on before your eyeshadow, but it offers a different benefit. While it doesn't stop creasing or oils, it does enhance the color of your shadow and makes it more vibrant. It doesn't make your shadow last as long as a primer would, but it offers more holding power than a bare lid due to its sticky nature. If you're not sure which base to try, one of our favorites is the NYX eyeshadow base. It comes in 4 different colors, works great and is fairly priced. White is one of our favorite colors to use because it really makes the shadow color pop!


Whether you choose a primer or a base, correct application is key for best results. Blend a small amount of product onto your lids lightly using your ring finger. More is not always better, especially in this case - too much can cause creasing and make your shadow go on funky. 

Using Both

You might be wondering if you can use both - why not get all of the benefits? We wish we could tell you one way or another, but there have been mixed results. Some people love doubling up and enjoy the benefits, while others find that one product interferes with the other. It's up to you to see what will work for your lids. If you do try both, however, be sure to start with primer. Now that you know the difference between the two, you can whip out your primer for your late-night look and your base for those vibrant, fun colors you want to enhance. Either way you go, it will make a world of difference in your eyeshadow application!

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