Eyeshadow primer is a pretty amazing tool – for even the lowest maintenance individual. But only if you find the best eyeshadow primer for your skin type.
First, it literally takes a second to apply. And then, it will even out the tone of the eyelid – essentially erasing any and all signs of sleepiness or exhaustion.
And if you’re able to find that really great eyeshadow primer, it will condition your eyes and combat aging.
But, as you all know, we have different needs with just about everything in this life and a primer that is good for one, isn’t the best for another.
So, we have categorized the best eyeshadow primer in 5 different sections:
- All Skin Types
- Oily Lids
- Dry Lids
- Sensitive Eyes/Skin
And like all of our picks, we only promote nothing but the best. Therefore, you can breath easy. These eyeshadow primers are paraben-free and cruelty-free.
Best Eyeshadow Primer
Best Eyeshadow Primer for All Skin Types
bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
It’s no secret we are huge fans of bareMinerals and this is the layer on the cake that accentuates the icing. The bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer is a lightweight primer that will maximize your eye shadow.
And this primer is perfect for all skin types. For those with oily skin, it will soak up the excess sebum. For those with dry or aging skin, it will leave a little glow. And for those that suffer from sensitivities, you’re in luck. This is formulated just for you.
Not only is it great for all skin types, it also works for all skin tones. And although it beige in color, it goes on sheer. So, if you have a darker skin tone, this will work just fine.
Overall, this primer is the most natural looking and has the most natural feel out of all of our picks.
Thank Me Later Eyeshadow Primer
This is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a waterproof eyeshadow primer. Dancing? Fo sho.
Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer will last all day and all night. It is specially formulated to prevent creasing and fading. And it seems to have this fabulous attribute that allows the primer and eyeshadow to become one.
It is extremely light in color but goes on sheer, leaving a silky matte finish. So, it’s perfect for those with both dry and oily skin. However, this primer contains talc and may not work if you have aging skin. Some users claim it works fantastic and some claim that it makes their eyes look too crepe.
Our solution: If you have dry and aging skin, go with the bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer or another option on our list. If you have normal to oily and aging skin, this would be a fantastic bet for you.
All in all, this eye shadow primer is very extreme in that it does the job. And it does the job very well. The other aspect we love is a little bit goes a long way and you will be saving a ton with this primer. You’ll thank us later. 😉
Best Eyeshadow Primer for Oily Lids
Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
We have never been disappointed with a Smashbox product and this primer is no different. Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer is a God-send for all of us with oily lids. If we could make a checklist for everything someone with oily lids needs, this primer checks it off.
Sweat and humidity-resistant, 24 hour color lock, no fading, no creasing, no smudging…
And these are the reasons why this primer gets our top spot for best eyeshadow primer for oily skin.
The Smashbox Shadow Primer is a light pink in color but goes on sheer. It is also a little thicker than usual but it goes on smooth.
It is also free of nickel, paraben, lanolin, topical antibiotic, MCI/MI and gluten. So, if you have oily skin but also have sensitivities, this is a fantastic option.
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
This is another great option, not only if you have oily skin, but if you are prone to sensitivities as well. The NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. So, say no more to red eyes, dry eyes or burning eyes.
This eyeshadow primer goes on smooth, dries quickly and dries matte. And, because it is formulated with a blend of polymer and mineral powder, it allows the eyeshadow to last all day long.
It is also formulated with deep-sea and antioxidant rice extracts to help combat extra oil and leave your skin with a healthy amount of sebum. Which means if you have oily skin, it will prevent the skin from creating excess sebum.
Overall, this might be the best eyeshadow primer for oily lids. However, Smashbox does give it a run for it’s money. Final consensus: You can’t go wrong with either.
Best Eyeshadow Primer for Dry Lids
Too Faced Cosmetics Shadow Insurance
When you think all is lost with dry skin, this primer comes into play.
The Too Faced Cosmetics Shadow Insurance is formulated with Vitamin E, which will not only help hydrate the lids, it will help soothe and calm the lids to create the perfect canvas for eyeshadow. And not only does Vitamin E help hydrate, it also helps to combat wrinkles.
This moisturizing eyeshadow goes on smooth and creamy and dries quickly, leaving a light glow in its wake. And it really does prevent creasing, melting, fading, blurring and crepey skin for hours upon hours.
For us at FHL, we took a liking to this particular eyeshadow primer. And interestingly enough, we found it worked great on oily skin as well. So, big thumbs up from us!
Tarte Cosmetics Clean Slate 360º Creaseless Eye Primer
This eyeshadow primer is a fantastic option for those looking for some extra waterproof functionality. Tarte Cosmetics Clean Slate 360º Creaseless Eye Primer is formulated with beeswax which acts as a natural waterproofing agent.
Not only that, beeswax is known to hydrate and lock in moisture. So, your artistry is in good hands with this particular eyeshadow primer.
It also contains Vitamin E which will add some additional hydration and help combat wrinkles. And it will take the crepe out of the crepey.
And to think things couldn’t get any better, this moisturizing eyeshadow primer is made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.
Best Eyeshadow Primer for Wrinkles
Cate McNabb Cosmetics Natural Sheer Eyeshadow Primer
This crease-proof primer is formulated with Aloe Leaf Extract to help combat and rejuvenate the skin. And because Aloe Vera works well with both oily and dry skin, this is perfect for all skin types. And, looks can be deceiving but this will work on all skin tones as well.
Cate McNabb Natural Sheer Eyeshadow Primer is a lightweight formula that glides on smooth and leaves a sheer matte finish. It feels silky and is created to prevent crepe skin, which is common for those with wrinkles and dry skin.
Overall, if you’re looking for a natural look and feel, this may be a perfect fit for you. We particularly loved the silkiness and how the primer lasted all day. And who doesn’t love a paraben-free, phthalate-free, fragrance-free and cruelty-free product?
As an added bonus, it also works as a fantastic under-eye concealer. So really, you’re getting a two for one with this eyeshadow primer.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
Whereas the Cate McNabb is a natural primer, the Urban Decay is for the bright and bold. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion will lock in eyeshadow for 24 hours and will help minimize the appearance of wrinkles in just 8 weeks.
It is formulated with the anti-aging ingredients Dermaxyl and Kalparine. Dermaxyl works to smooth and rehydrate the skin while Kalparine is an antioxidant and anti-aging ingredient.
So, not only does the Urban Decay Primer Potion lock in eyeshadow and prevent a crepe mess, it will work to smooth, tone, hydrate and minimize and fight wrinkles.
To top it all off, it contains optical blurring pigments that will create a subtle, soft-focus effect that will measurably hide imperfections and even skin tone.
Sounds good? It is fantastic.