If you’ve fallen victim to spending hours on your smokey eye only for it to melt off within minutes, our hearts go out to you. Even with the best eyeshadow palette and the finest blending brush on your side, if you have oily skin, your eye makeup look is usually doomed before it even begins.
But just as we apply a mattifying primer before our foundation to extend wear and reduce shine, the same process can be done for our slippery lids.
So to keep your eyeshadow looking fresh all day, these are the best eye primers to ensure longer wear and intensified colour.
Models Prefer Eye Primer
Featuring a long-lasting, neutral base for eyeshadow application, the Models Prefer Eye Primer enhances colour intensity and prolongs wear.
“This is the very best eyelid primer available!!! I have looked for something like this for years and nothing worked until this. Some of them make your eyelids look wrinkled, but this goes on without color and does not dry out your eyelids. It is the best!” – AP1992
$13.99 at Priceline
Nude by Nature Perfecting Eye Primer
Nude by Nature’s Perfecting Eye Primer doubles as an anti-ageing eye cream, helping to tighten skin around the eyes and smooth wrinkles as well as extending the wear of eye makeup.
“This eye primer is just as good, if not BETTER, than Shadow Insurance and I am so happy I found it. My eye makeup does not budge – at all, all day, regardless of moisture levels of my skin, regardless of SPF or sweaty weather or even a few tears.” – Nell Adams
$20.99 at Chemist Warehouse
M.A.C Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
M.A.C’s Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base offers a light, creamy base that smooths and primes the eyelids while neutralising discolouration for a flawless and long-wearing shadow finish.
“It applies very smoothly and does not take long to try. It makes my eyeshadow and eyeliner last all day and literally not move.” – Kasandra Mantis
$39 at M.A.C
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Eye-Fix Primer
Acting as an invisible barrier between the eyelids and eyeshadow, the Elizabeth Arden Advanced Eye-Fix Primer will help to control creasing and fading without drying your eyeshadow out. Plus, the silky consistency will ensure smooth and seamless blending of your product of choice.
$38 at David Jones
Clinique All About Shadow™ Primer for Eyes
If you have oily lids that smudge easily, Clinique’s All About Shadow Primer For Eyes will hold eyeshadow up to 12 hours. Or, on those no-makeup makeup days, wear it alone for a soft neutral finish.
$39 at Clinique
NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow & Liner Primer
Infused with vitamin E, NYX’s Professional Ultimate Shadow and Liner Primer is a colour-boosting formula that maintains the vibrancy of eye makeup and conceals visible veins and discolouration.
$15.95 at Priceline
E.L.F Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
From the brand that brought us TikTok’s favourite concealer dupe, the E.L.F Eyelid Primer does not disappoint. Offering a high-quality product at a budget price, this crease-proof formula has been designed to lock in eyeshadow for an all-day wear.
$4.85 at iHerb
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Do you use eyeshadow primer? What is your favourite? What one are you keen to try next?