If you own these 6 items then you will never need to buy an eyeshadow primer again 

Do you want your eye makeup to last longer? Well, some people will tell you to invest in an eye primer. 

The bad news for most of us is that eye primers can be incredibly expensive and you won’t know if they work until you use them for the first time. Nobody wants to spend $35 on an eye primer that doesn’t work. 

But, don’t lose hope. There are some items that are already in your makeup bag that you can use as a substitute for eye primer. 

#1 – Aloe Vera Gel 

This makeup bag substitute for primer also works on the eyes. 

Aloe Vera Gel is a natural beauty product that can be used as hair gel, eyebrow gel, face primer, and even eyeshadow primer. 

Squeeze half a pea-sized amount of the gel onto your finger. This will be enough for both eyes. Spread a thin layer of the gel across your eyelids, leave it to dry down for about 20 seconds and start working on your eye look. 

Aloe Vera Gel can also be used as an alternative to glitter glue and will help lose pigments to adhere better to the eye. 

#2 – Your Face Primer 

If your face primer is good enough for the rest of your face, then why would it not work on your eyes? If you are looking to make your eyeshadow last all day then simply spread your face primer over your eyelids while you are priming the rest of your face. 

Multitasking products can be a great way to save money. 

If you have extra oily eyelids then you might want to consider using a mattifying face primer instead of a glowy or dewy primer.  You will notice the difference straight away. 

#3 – Your Setting Spray 

Speaking of multitasking products – why not make better use of your setting spray and use it as an eye primer. Most of us already use our setting spray to make our eyeshadows look more intense but you can do more with it. 

Take a flat, packing brush and dampen it with your setting spray. Then wipe the brush across your eyelid. Give the liquid 15-20 seconds to become tacky before you apply your eyeshadow. 

You can also use your setting spray as a primer all over the rest of your face. 

#4 – Your Concealer 

Another way to multitask a makeup item is to use your concealer as an eyeshadow primer. This is a trick that makeup artists have been using for decades. It means they have to carry around one less product. 

You may find that you want to apply your eyeshadow before you do the rest of your makeup so that your eyeshadow doesn’t stick to your undereye concealer. 

The trick to making this work is to let your concealer semi-dry down before you start applying your eyeshadow. This will make it tackier than it would otherwise have been. 

#5 – Vaseline 

If you have really dry eyelids then Vaseline may be the answer to your prayers. If you have oily lids that seem to eat up eyeshadow then this tip is not for you. 

However, if you are someone who has dry eyelids and needs some extra moisture as well as staying power then Vaseline can offer you that. All you will need to do is spread a thin layer across your lids before you apply your shadows. 

The pigment will stick to the Vaseline and the Vaseline will moisturize your eyelids. This trick will allow you to kill two birds with one stone. 

#6 – Your foundation 

Using this tip will do two things for you – (1) help your eyeshadow to last longer and (2) help your eye makeup to blend seamlessly into the rest of your face. 

You will find this tip particularly helpful if you have darker skin. Most eyeshadow primers are very pale and can leave a white cast. Switching to using your foundation means that there won’t be any jarring changes in skin tone on or around your eyelids. 

Remember to let the foundation dry down for 15-40 seconds, so that it becomes a little bit tackier.  

While eye primers can extend the wear time of your eyeshadow, there are many alternatives to them that you already own. Why not multitask your concealer or your face primer to make your eyeshadow look pop. 


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