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Top 5 | Eye Primers + Bases

One upon a time there was a girl named Crystal. Who started wearing makeup at the ripe age of twelve. She would sneak a dark purple eyeshadow into the middle school bathroom and apply it with a q-tip. Before her mom came to pick her up from school, she would run in the bathroom to wash it off with hand soap. In high school Crystal used a Revlon cream eyeshadow as “primer” only to have it look like a melted cake before first period even ended. It was me, I’m Crystal.

I didn’t recognize how important eye primer was until 10th or 11th grade. It has right around the time I got the naked palette, which was my first high-end eyeshadow experience EVER btw. I remember using a one dollar eye primer that burned my eyes, but I didn’t give a sh*t. One thing I’ve realized when it comes to makeup is: there’s nothing worse than creased and cakey eyeshadow.

Nyx Cosmetics Glitter Primer

Don’t ever spend your money expensive glitter glue in your life. This works even better than the expensive brands do. It creates a sticky base for any glitter to adhere to, but this also works for loose pigments or eyeshadows that are metallic.

Nyx Cosmetics Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer

If you’re ballin on a budget (or you don’t like spending a lot money) look no further than this eye primer from the drugstore. The texture is slightly tacky one it dries down, so I recommend dusting a little bit of skin colored eyeshadow and then applying eye makeup. If you have oil slick eyelids (like myself) this will make sure your eyeshadow don’t go anywhere.

M.A.C Select Cover Up

Technically this is a concealer, but I don’t care. I used to use paintpots, but I started noticing that it would cake up on my eyelids and make my eyeshadow look odd. I picked this up instead and it works 1000× better than paintpots. Since this is a concealer, they come in a bunch of different skin tones.

M.A.C Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base

I don’t remember if it was Thomas Halbert or Katy that put me on this eye primer. I was using the Nyx one for a long time and thought it was time for me to venture out. I like this one just as much as the Nyx one. It has a similar texture, but the M.A.C primer has a little more slip, so this would work better for a normal eyelid.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème in White Out

The newest baby in the makeup arsenal. I mostly use this for when I want colorful eyeshadow to pop a bit more. I like using white under eyeshadow that maybe aren’t the best pigmentation wise, but I still enjoy using. The white makes those types of eyeshadows and bumps them to a new level. The formula for this concealer is long wearing, so you don’t have to worry about this becoming greasy or breaking down under the eyeshadow.


All of these bases and eye primers I’ve been using for a few years now, except the KVD. The KVD concealer is the newest addition to the line-up, over a month I’ve been using it. I have a good variety of price ranges & I don’t feel bad for having all of these. Each primer has a different purpose for me, so I have all of them in the makeup rotation. In reality, you don’t need these many primers and bases. You’d be golden only having one.

♥XOXO♥, Crystal Emme

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