Beauty Q&A: What Does Mascara Primer Do?December 27, 2021
What Does Mascara Primer Do?
"The objective of a mascara primer is to provide real lash hairs with keratin or to work with mascara to avoid clumping, separate the lashes, increase volume and lengthen,” says Velazquez. “Some primers might even make mascara waterproof, depending on the formula."
How to Apply Your Mascara Primer Correctly
While you can apply primer with an eyelash spoolie, it’s best to use the wand that comes with the product. “The brush is already meant to work synergistically with the formula,” says Velazquez. “For application, I would recommend lifting your chin up and using a compact to look down so the lashes stick straight out.” Then, as you’re applying the product, round the brush into the lash to help curl and separate each hair. Make sure the primer is completely dry before applying your mascara on top. We recommend waiting at least 30 seconds after your prime to go in with mascara.
Our Favorite Mascara Primers
For a drugstore lash primer, we love this lightweight option by L'Oréal. When applied before mascara, the product helps thicken and separate lashes for a voluminous, fanned-out effect. Swipe it on morning and night for four weeks and you’ll notice your natural lashes will look fuller too.
This lash-softening primer includes panthenol and vitamin E to nourish and protect your lashes. The whipped formula adds extreme volume and helps your mascara last all day.
This serum-primer hybrid is infused with castor oil to condition your natural lashes and encourage them to grow long and strong. Its soft black tint makes it perfect for no-makeup makeup days when worn alone, but paired with mascara, it creates dramatic darkness and volume.
This innovative product combines a peptide-enhanced lash primer, an inky black mascara and a super precise eyeliner all in a single formula. The teensy-tiny wand makes it easy to lengthen every single lash, even the stubborn ones at the inner corners. Wiggle the brush horizontally along your lash line for a tightline effect.
Are you tired of your mascara flaking off by the end of the day? Try this smudge-proof, water-resistant lash primer, which has miniature flake-free fibers and peptides to help condition your lashes and extend your mascara wear time.
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn, Design: Juliana Campisi