How Do I Choose the Best Eyelash Primer?

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When choosing an eyelash primer, you should ideally get a sample size of the primer so that you can try it out for yourself under your favorite mascara. If it is impossible to get a trial size, you should do some research to find out which eyelash primers receive the highest reviews from consumers and unbiased cosmetics journalists. Take into consideration whether your eyes have any sensitivities and be sure to read the ingredients label on any eyelash primer that you consider. Finally, compare the costs of different primers and select one that works with your budget.

An eyelash primer typically works by adding volume and length to your eyelashes. The eyelash primer is designed to be worn under mascara. As you must combine two products, it is very important that you attempt to find out whether a particular primer will work with your preferred brand of mascara. The only real way of doing this is to try them out together. Ask for a free sample of eyelash primer from a cosmetics counter or find out if it is possible to purchase a trial size. If neither is an option, purchase an eyelash primer from a store that will allow you to return or exchange it if it doesn't work for you.


Price is often a consideration when choosing cosmetics. You may find that there are several eyelash primers available to you in different price ranges. If price is a significant consideration, you may decide to choose a primer that works well but is not your favorite in favor of a less expensive primer. Another option is to compare prices between different retailers, as you may find that your preferred primer is more affordable at some stores than at others.

Apply the primer along with your mascara at home and observe the look that you get. Ideally, you want your eyelashes to look full but natural. If your eyelashes clump or appear spiky, you may need to adjust your application technique. If you can't get the look that you want, this is likely not the eyelash primer for you, unless you are willing to switch mascara brands. You should also pay attention to how your eyes feel after using the eyelash primer. If they get read or feel irritated, stop using the primer at once. If you wear contact lenses, you should be cautious about primers that contain fibers, as these can get a caught under a contact lens and cause severe irritation.


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