What Is A Mascara Primer And Do I Need To Use One?

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There’s an ongoing debate between experts and amateurs about the use of makeup primers which are designed to enhance the effects and longevity to makeup products. While some of the effects to foundations can be spectacular, many women are reluctant to mascara give primers a go.

What is a Mascara Primer?

If the eyes are the window to one’s soul, then eyelashes are one of the first things that get our attention, meaning the better mascaras get, the higher our expectations become. Adding a mascara primer to your makeup routine can be overwhelming if you are in a typical hurry in the morning. The primer is a mascara base that looks like a white liquid product which you apply before mascara. It has a similar brush to its colored equivalent and involves the same technique.

With a primer on, your lashes gain a protective layer that shields them from the chemicals in the mascara. Primers give lashes extra length and volume, which maximises the effects of the end product. Some primers contain keratin and other beneficial ingredients that promote the natural growth of your lashes.

Do I Need to Use One?

Applying a lash primer isn’t mandatory, you may be satisfied with your current mascara, lash extensions, or even false lashes. Try testing out the effects of by applying a primer followed by mascara to one eye and then applying just mascara to the other eye. You shouldn’t pair your primer with an eyelash curler either as it can dry and damage your lashes after applying the mascara.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara Primer

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The best mascara primers should be praised from the rooftops and this one from L’Oréal Paris, £11.99 thoroughly deserves all the credit it gets. Designed to work as an amplifier that enhances the color and thickness effect of the mascara, this Voluminous Mascara Primer has a lightweight formula and is proven to prevent irritations.

Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base

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If you’re looking for a primer that also acts as a lash serum, Lancôme's Cils Booster, £24 offers a winning formulation. Containing vitamin E for conditioning and micro fibers for a feeling of fullness, you can even use it at night after removing makeup to keep lashes moisturised. This is one of those products all-in-one products everyone loves – because it seems to do just about everything.

Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base

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Shiseido's Nourishing Mascara Base, £18 acts like a curler and makes the mascaras effect even more impressive. It has been also designed to be used with a curler and support your lashes’ growth and curling thanks to the natural oils in it. It is a versatile product that protects your natural eyelashes while exploring their potential.

Jane Iredale PureLash Lash Extender Conditioner

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Jane Iredale's PureLash Lash Extender Conditioner, £16 helps to lengthen your lashes whilst keeping them healthy and protected to ensure your mascara is twice as effective. It can be used on eyebrows and as a lash conditioner too.

Revitalash Volumizing Primer

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Revitalash's Volumizing Primer, £21.49 stands out thanks to its silky formula which coats the lashes evenly and eases the mascara application process. Peptides prepare the lashes’ surface for the mascara, while the blue color enhances the jet-black shade of your mascara. This primer also has a matte neutral finish that makes it suitable for both upper and lower lashes.