We don’t often reach for an actual lid primer when creating a smoky eye, a cream eye shadow as a base is usually our weapon of choice.
We have however been testing out the new Smashbox base to see how it compares.
Smashbox have created 5 new shadow-setting primers that are actually tinted to suit your needs.
The 5 options available are a pure brilliant white, a smoke and a light, medium and dark. We have the light and the smoke to share with you.
Feels a bit like you’re applying Tipex to your eyelid but once blended out the vibrancy does dull down so don’t be alarmed. Apply three dots and using your ring finger or a fluff brush, gently buff out to leave a thin coating over the lid area.
The white instantly lightens and brightens the skin but it also massively electrifies the shade of eye shadow you are applying on top of.
You can of course use it under your more natural eye shadows however it works best when using it under bold colour. If you ever feel like you can’t achieve a strong pay off from blues and yellows then this is the primer to go for. It stops shadows from looking ashy and lifts the colour.
This provides a brown/black sludgy base, which will deepen the intensity of your smoky eye. By applying a thin layer it does all the hard work of a dark eye for you. You won’t have to apply layer upon layer of powder shadow to achieve the depth.
It works under any dark shadow and would also work with all skin tones.
We don’t have the skin-toned primers however these are good if you have an ashy skin tone eye or any discolouration on the lid. They neutralise the skin colour and give you a blank and even canvas to work from.
The primers dry pretty fast so you need to blend out quickly. Once dry they provide a smooth velvety textured base to blend on top of. Powders grip nicely but are still able to blend out.
Don't use too much or you will find that it goes a little patchy. Longevity is improved and it doesn't cause any cracking or dryness.
Check these primers out if you have oily eye lids, like to create an intense or vibrant eye or if you just want to make your smokey eye a little easier.
Each primer is £18.00 and available now here.