Primer Before Eyeliner? It May Be The Trick To Making Your Liner Last

Eyes are the window to the soul, and a little bit of window decoration is always encouraged. From smoky eyes to cat eyes, makeup has always strived to accentuate our eyes.

Too many times, though, have we left our house with cat eyes only to return home with raccoon eyes. Getting that perfect wing is difficult enough, but making it stay? Now that is the real trouble. Using too much product? Oily eyelids? Didn't buy that waterproof eyeliner yet? Whatever it is that's making your eye makeup smudgy, we've got the trick that just might make your liner stay put, so you can go all day with zero touch-ups.


It is frustrating to put on makeup knowing that in a few short hours, you'll be sporting smudged eyeliner and runny mascara. But it's the 21st century. We have solutions for everything now, and primers are the solution for your runny eyeliner.

What do primers do?

Primers save lives — well, not literally, but you get the sentiment. Primers smooth your skin and allow the makeup to sit comfortably on your face, and that's not all; it also reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. So while primers might not save lives, they will make your skin look flawless and pore-less, which we would say might be just as important.


The phrase "cakey makeup" is something we've all heard of. But what we may not know is that it is avoidable, at least to some extent. Using a primer before you apply your foundation will make your skin more even, which in turn makes your makeup appear less blotchy.

In addition to giving you that perfectly even makeup look, primers are known for their ability to hold makeup in place, so you can go all day without having to ask your friend if your makeup looks alright. Find the right primer and you are set for life.

Selecting your primer

When it comes to makeup, selecting the right product can be overwhelming and terrifying, and primers are no exception. First of all, there are so many of them; we have lip primers, eyelid primers, face primers, and even eyelash primers. But to start with, we need to understand our skin type and its requirements. If you have oily skin, a mattifying primer will show you better results, and if you have dry skin, we recommend using a moisturizing primer.


Primers can broadly be classified as water-based primers and silicon-based primers. Which one should you choose? Well, it's entirely up to you and your skin type. We know it's getting repetitive, but when choosing makeup it all comes down to your skin — so bear with us. If you have oily skin your choice should be a silicon-based primer. For those of us with dry skin, the water-based ones are the way to go.

Now that you know how to pick a primer that suits you, you are one step closer to helping your makeup stay on perfectly.

Primer before eyeliner?

Yes, primer before eyeliner simply is the trick to eye makeup that lasts all day. Your eyelids, like the other parts of your body, have pores. These pores sweat, become oily, and do all kinds of cellular things that make our eyeliner act up. The best way to stop this is by using a primer.


To use a primer, you simply have to buy one that suits your skin type and apply it. Apply it with a brush (and not with your fingers) as brushes give you more control. But before applying your primer, make sure your face is clean and ready for makeup. Once applied, make sure to wait 30 minutes before applying your foundation. If you are using eye primer and you're done with your foundation, 60 seconds will suffice. After applying your primer, you can now do your eye makeup easily and effortlessly.

If you want to keep your eyeliner grounded, use a primer. It's as simple as that.