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All makeup minded individuals have heard about eyelid primers and how fantastic they are. Even though they are helpful in some cases, it is important to know the ins and outs of these primers in order to get the most out of what you buy.
The first characteristic that you are looking for in a good primer is consistency. If a primer is very watery or thin, it is likely not going to work properly. You want a primer, be it clear or tinted, that is of medium thickness and wetness, and has a smooth texture both in the tube and on your eyelid after application. The whole job of an eyelid primer is to create a smooth and natural canvas for your shadows, instead of a wet and gritty mess.
The next thing you want to think about is color. In most cases, primers are either clear or nude. If you are opting for a clear primer, then this bit does not really apply to you. However, for those that choose a nude primer, you want to be sure that it at least matches your skin tone to a certain degree. Though it does not have to match perfectly, finding one that is similar in color and tone to your own skin will help even out your makeup and make the application that much easier. The last thing you need to remember is that sometimes you do not need a primer at all; concealer or foundation can be just as helpful as a primer, and is often far less expensive.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|