Eye shadow is the perfect way to liven up your eyes and give them an extra little oomph, and nothing ensures that your eye shadow will stay looking perfect like a good eye shadow primer. Eye shadow primer is very useful for achieving long wear, preventing creases that can ruin your look, and also for making colors show up better or “pop.”
There are many store brands of eye shadow primers, and many of them do a great job. If you’ve already got your favorite brand then so be it! However, if you are (a) the sort of girl who has never tried eye shadow primer before, and you want to find out what the “big deal” is, or (b) the sort of girl who likes eye shadow primer, but doesn’t like the steep price that some brands come with, then a home made recipe might do the trick for you!
Making your own eye shadow primer is a quick and easy way to keep your eye shadow looking great all day long. It’s simple to make and, more than likely, you already have all the ingredients you need sitting in your makeup bag or bathroom. For good eye shadow insurance, give this recipe a try.
Homemade Eyeshadow Primer Recipe:
1) An empty container (It can be a small screw top jar, or an empty compact; anything that’s not too big and seals up well.)
2) Your foundation (It can be liquid, mousse or powder, and the foundation color can be lighter or the same color as your skin, depending on what you like best.)
3) Moisturizer (It’s best to use a moisturizer made for the face or eyes, but you can also use shea or cocoa butter. If you have oily skin, make sure that the moisturizer is oil free.)
4) Witch Hazel (If you have it, then good. If not, then it’s no big deal.)
5) Milk of Magnesia (You should only add this ingredient if you have oily skin.)
6) A q-tip
Mixing together this easy concoction is a bit subjective when it comes to deciding how much foundation and moisturizer to use.
For dry to normal skin:
If you have dry skin, then you’ll want something like two parts moisturizer to one part foundation. Next, add in the witch hazel (just a bit, not too much or you’ll make the primer too runny). Stir it up with the q-tip and it’s ready to go!
For combination to oily skin:
If you have oily skin, you may want the foundation and moisturizer 50/50, then you can add in the witch hazel and milk of magnesia. Milk of magnesia absorbs oil like nobody’s business, which is why it is often used as a foundation primer for women with oily skin. Adding it to your homemade eye shadow primer will keep your lids from getting oily and your eye shadow from creasing throughout the day. Be careful though, milk of magnesia can be drying if overused; so only add one or two drops.
Using your homemade primer:
Using your fingertips or another q-tip, get a bit of your homemade primer and dab it onto your eyes, then smooth it across to cover your entire lid. Let the primer dry on your lids, then apply your eye shadow. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!
**The amount and the type of moisturizer you choose to use will determine how long it takes for your eye shadow primer to dry on your lid.