It has been said that the secret to makeup is always what is underneath. Before your foundation, there should be primer to prep the skin. Eyeshadow colors pop when you put a base for them to adhere to. The same goes for your mascara. An eyelash primer helps mascara stick to the hair a bit more. It’s also formulated to enhance the effect of the mascara. Think of it as that extra step when you hate mascara creating raccoon eyes or when you don’t have time for false lashes. What’s a few swipes compared to the hassle of lash glue and tweezers, right?
NYX Big & Loud Lash Primer
This is a straight-up product that promises to lengthen and thicken your lashes. Best used on your bottom lashes especially if they are thin and sparse so the mascara has got more to work with. Available at SM City North EDSA.
Pixi by Petra Lacquer Lash Primer
This is a multi-use product. You should definitely put it before mascara to nourish your lashes as it has vitamins A and C along with panthenol. After mascara, you can apply this primer once more to set it. With the black tint, it also works on its own on light makeup days. Available via Calyxta.
Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Eyelash Primer
If your lashes clump together no matter what you do, perhaps you should try this gel formula from Benefit. The consistency moves with your lash hairs so they stay apart. Other than that, this is also a waterproof formulation so you can forget about midday mascara smudging. Available at Greenbelt 5.
Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer
This product also contains panthenol to keep the lashes healthy. Apply mascara to the lashes while this primer is still wet so it makes your mascara wear longer. Other than this, it also promises that your lashes will look feathery rather than spikey. Available at select Beauty Bar branches.
MAC False Lashes Maximizer
Don’t be scared at how this primer goes on white. It dries to a clear base as it coats the lashes with conditioning properties. This enhances the thickening effect of your mascara but it doesn’t make it clumpy. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.
Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Lash
Just focus on the name of this product and you know that this is for those who want big lashes. This product delivers these results of grandeur via doubling as a serum you can apply to your lashes to improve them. The Pure WhiteTM complex in the primer enhances the color intensity of the mascara. Available at SM Makati.