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These Are The Eye Primers That Won’t Break Your Heart

Because we know you've been disappointed enough. With melting temperatures ahead, you'll need all the help you can to keep all that colour intact.

You can spend all that time perfecting the smokey eye for a night-out, but unless you have a primer to stand in the way of your oily eyelids, all that effort would be for naught. If you’re having trouble keeping your eyeshadow and eyeliner in place for more than three hours, you need a primer, my friend. Not just a regular face primer, but an eyeshadow primer designed to specifically target greasy lids.

Its function is pretty much the same as its face counterpart – to turn the hose down on the sebum so that your eye makeup doesn’t slide off your lids and on to everywhere else. While face primers might be capable of doing the job, eye primers, which are thicker in consistency, are better built for holding all that beautifully, carefully applied eyeshadow.

The creme de la creme of them all is the Urban Decay Primer Potion, a product that has reigned supreme through the years, though not without changes to the packaging. (Does anyone remember how difficult it was to pry the primer out of the original bottle? BECAUSE I DO.) Urban Decay now has four eye primers to its name, though Eden would be the best for greasy lids.

While Urban Decay sets the bar for what an ideal primer should be, some might find it a little too thick. If so, there is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eye Shadow Primer that promises zero creasing and cake-free application. If lines are your problem, Bye Bye Lid Lines by It Cosmetics not only aims to give you a smoother canvas for all that eye makeup, its skincare element works to fade the creases over time as well. Makeup that’s actually good for your skin, what a time to be alive.

Coloured eye primers are good because they help with patching up discolouration and concealing veins, but if you prefer something that will not hamper your all that eyeshadow magic in the slightest, NARS Smudge Proof Eye Base is one of the few good ones that turns up colourless on the skin.

Tell us – are you a fan of these primers, too? What about your favourite face primers? If you’re still looking for the ultimate, no BS eyeliners, mascaras and foundations that work with oily skin and not against it, click here, here and here.

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