WHAT IS IT & WHAT DOES IT DO?!?
Many of may have not even heard of the eyelash primer...AND if we have it's a good chance you really may not know what it DOES...except prime!? It's actually a fantastic product and it is used BEFORE you put on your mascara. It actually creates more surface area that needs to be covered by the mascara so it ends up creating longer and thicker results for your lashes! Some types will use the process of small clumping with minute fibers that make a larger surface area to which the mascara is being applied. This product will even help CONDITION the lashes, resulting in providing awesome nourishment in the process. Lastly, lash conditioner really assists with assuring that your mascara adheres WELL to your lashes! The better it sticks firmly will result in less smudging and flaking too:)
EXACTLY WHAT's IN IT?
- Small fibers usually used to aid in clumping.
- Unique polymer combinations to aid in extending wear life of product.
- Usually white or grey, making is easier to see where applied and help with knowing where to apply the mascara!
DO I REALLY NEED IT!?
In short, yes!...
I didn't think I really needed it either before I tried it for the first time! But, you will notice quite a bit of difference in volume, separation, and length if you do put on eyelash primer before your mascara! Not only have I noticed that it enhances my lashes, but it also prolongs the wear of my mascara through the end of the day. Before using primer, I did have the constant issue of having to touch it up and there were times when my lashes became super brittle as s result :( Once I started using eyelash primer beforehand though, the dryness and flakiness stopped almost immediately and my lashes just felt like they were much more on the conditioned side!
TIPS AND TRICKS ON HOW TO APPLY:
- START with picking the BEST formula for you- you want to consider what you are wanting it to DO-lengthen, thicken,etc.
- Invest in good TOOLS TOO!- make sure you have a great lash curler AND a good lash comb so that you can rid clumps and also go through before you apply your mascara (after primer!)
- Place the wand deep into the base of your lashes, but NOT the tips! You want to apply at the ROOTS , while pulling through your lashes, WIGGLING as you pull through!
- Apply TWO , applying the 2nd coat before the other dries! Then, LET it DRY for at least 1 MIN= this ensures that you won't get clumps and that the mascara will not MIX with the still wet primer you already have on your lashes.
TOP EYELASH PRIMERS I RECOMMEND:
TARTE- MULTIPLEYE LASH ENHANCING PRIMER $25
Great product and at the very TOP of my list :) It was one of the first primers I EVER tried for my lashes and I was hooked instantly! The first one that I purchased was due to a sample I got some other Tarte products and I was really glad I ended up choosing this as my sample! It dries really quickly too which I thought was a plus, as I've noticed some of the other eyelash primers seemed to take longer to dry. It doesn't flake and it works well even with non-Tarte mascaras. It contains cellulose to thicken lashes, soy proteins for thickening and nourishing lashes, and sweet Almond Extract to aid in retaining moisture!
ESTEE LAUDER- LITTLE BLACK PRIMER $24
Also at the very top of my list for a couple of good reasons: firstly, this product has nailed the art of using a TINTED primer down pat! Not only is it not the traditional white, but because it's tinted a nice good black, it can actually be used in place of or rather on it's own without even using mascara! If you use it with your mascara, you will definitely get huge volume and LIFT! And that is the second reason this one made the top of my list- it creates beyond fantastic volume and the specialized, angled brush is the most likely reason behind its magic :)
CLINIQUE-LASH BUILDING PRIMER $15
This lash primer is great in price and awesome for using everyday. It's a good one to start out with for those who may have never used or just started out using an eyelash primer! It's formula contains a special polymer combo that aids in holding mascara firmly to lashes while providing conditioning to lashes too. If you have sensitive eye, THIS ONE if DEF for you since it's also Opthalmologist tested!
PERRICONE MD-NO MASCARA, MASCARA $30
One of the more high tech of the eyelash primers on my list! Perricone has really impressed me with their makeup products as well and I was hesitant as they are really known for their skin care products...BUT they have such awesome products and quality , I decided to start seeing what their makeup line was about and I was very glad I gave them a chance! Not only is the brush the one of its kind that I've seen on the market for eyelash primer, but it actually WORKS! First time I used, I could see an immediate difference in overall fullness and thickness! It's also tinted a light and universally flattering light brown, so it can be used on it's own as the one from Estee Lauder can :) Another plus?- the formula does NOT contain: Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates!