Can You Use Concealer as Eyeshadow Primer? A Celebrity Makeup Artist Weighs InSeptember 08, 2020
Can You Use a Concealer as an Eyeshadow Primer?
According to Gene, face concealers and foundation don’t work as eyeshadow primers due to their slip and added coloring. Concealers can alter the color of the shadow, forcing you to apply more product or lose the true pigment of your desired shade — which is the opposite of what you want, especially when working with a particularly unique hue (think duochromes and bright shades).
Instead, Gene recommends paint pots and the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, both of which are formulated to grip your eyeshadows and offer the best pigment payoff possible.
When it comes to application, Gene recommends only using a pea-size amount, so as to not overdo it. “You only need a thin coat to grip your shadow,” says Gene, who cautions against thick layers of primer that can actually lead to the appearance of texture on the eye and distorting the pigment of your eyeshadow.
So should you be using concealer on your lid? Not if you want a flawless eyeshadow look that’ll last throughout the day. Concealer works if all you need is to even out your skin tone overall (looking at you Dermablend Cover Care Concealer and NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Concealer) — but otherwise we recommend letting eyeshadow primers do their job.