Beauty Q&A: Does Mascara Primer Work?October 26, 2020
In hopes of getting the longest, most voluminous lashes possible, you’ve likely tried every mascara, lash mask and serum out there. But there’s a lash-boosting category you may not have experimented with: mascara primer. To find out if lash primers are the secret your lash routine has been missing, we turned to makeup artist Andrew Velazquez.
Does Mascara Primer Work?
"The objective of a mascara primer is to typically provide real lash hairs with keratin or to work with mascara to avoid clumping, separate the lashes, increase volume and lengthen,” says Velazquez. “Some might even make mascara waterproof depending on the formula."
How to Apply Your Mascara Primer Correctly
While a spoolie can be used, it’s best to use the wand that comes with the mascara primer. “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 the hair.
Our Favorite Mascara Primers
Infused with vitamin E and B5, this formula not only improves lash thickness over time, but the product also creates a smooth, even base for mascara. It amps up the pigment of mascara to create a false-lash appearance. You can even coat your lashes before bed to condition overnight.
For a drugstore option, we love this lightweight formula from L’Oréal. When applied before mascara, the primer helps separate lashes and thicken mascara application. But swipe it on morning and night for four weeks and you’ll notice thicker-looking natural eyelashes.
This lash-softening primer includes panthenol and vitamin E, which nourish and protect the lashes. The whipped formula also creates a great base for mascara. This prep step will help your mascara look more voluminous and last all day.