If you are like me and you suffer from oily skin, chances are your eyelids are also oily. That means getting your eye shadow to stay fresh and not crease can be challenging. After trying TONS of eye shadow primers, all claiming to prevent creasing and keep eye shadows in place, I have finally found the perfect eye shadow primer concoction that never fails. When I use these products, I know my eye shadow will not crease or dissipate off my lids because of oil. In my opinion and experience, the best eye shadow primer product combination for oily skin includes using Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray, MicaBeauty’s Eye Shadow Primer, and Tarte’s Smooth Operator Finishing Powder (applied with a brush like Sigma’s E52 Soft Shader Brush).
You are probably thinking this is far too many priming products for your eyelids. However, I have tried using each product on their own and as I mentioned above, I have tried countless other eye shadow primers only to be left disappointed in the appearance of my shadows in just a matter of a couple hours. If I am going to take the time to apply multiple shades of eye shadow, I want to make sure it is going to last.
There is just something about the combination of these three particular products that allow my eye shadows to remain free of creases and appear just as I applied them throughout the entire day.
Never Crease, Never Fail Eye Shadow Primer Process
The first product I apply to my lids is Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray. After swiping the liquid product on my eyelid with the doe foot applicator, I then blend it out all the way up to my brow bone with my finger. Personally, I use the light/medium shade, but there is also a medium/deep shade available.
Using my finger again, I apply MicaBeauty’s Eye Shadow Primer right on top. This product has a similar consistency to a MAC paint pot, for reference.
Finally, I set both products with Tarte’s Smooth Operator Finishing Powder using a brush such as Sigma’s E52 Soft Shader Brush.
Pictured is a sample size of Tarte’s finishing powder, but I will most definitely (without a doubt) purchase the full size once it runs out. I use it exclusively to set my eyelids prior to applying shadows, so even this small sample is lasting quite a long time. In using this particular finishing powder to set the primers, I really believe that it allows my eye shadows to apply seamlessly and they are easier to blend.
My preference is to use a brush like the Sigma E52 to apply the setting powder because of how dense, flat, and wide the brush is. I am able to get a decent amount of the finishing powder on the brush and then simply pat is onto my eye lid. I also really like using this brush to apply shadow right under my brow bone. It has the perfect shape and as a flat, wide, dense brush, it is just right to use as a brow bone highlight applicator.
Once this is all done I am left with a perfectly smooth, blank canvas (no veins or discoloration showing) to apply my eye shadows to and I feel confident that my eye look will last all day!
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