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Spotlight on Eyeshadow Bases

Eyeshadow bases are different from eyeshadow primers but can sometimes serve as a primer depending on the person.  There are 3 different goals that an eyeshadow base can achieve.  The first is to provide color to intensify another eyeshadow, the second is to give a loose pigment something to stick to, and the third is to conceal any discoloration on the eyelid.

    Intensify color 
    If you find that you have an eyeshadow with weak color pay off, you can use a light colored base to help it appear more vibrant.  Some examples are the NYX Jumbo Pencil in milk, Mac Paint Pot in soft ochre, and Mac Paint Pot in painterly.  There are other colors available in these lines as well as other brand options, so don't feel boxed in to these products.  You can also use any light toned cream eyeshadow you already have on hand.

    NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, and Mac Paint Pot in Painterly swatched on dark skin

    If you have a cream eyeshadow that is in a coordinating color, you can also use that to intensify a similar shade.  Some examples of colored bases are Avon Extra Lasting Eyeshadow Pencil in Smoky Plum, NYX Eyeshadow Base in Black, and Mac Paint Pot in Constructivist.  Again, any cream shadow you already have in your collection can be used to do this.  Play around with options you may already have before thinking about buying something new.

      Avon Extra Lasting Eyeshadow Pencil in Smoky Plum, NYX Eyeshadow Base in Black, and Mac Paint Pot in Constructivist swatched on dark skin

      Make pigment or glitter stick
      If you have a loose eyeshadow or a glitter that you want to adhere to the lids you can utilize a sticky base.  I don't personally have experience in this department but I do know that Too Faced makes a glitter glue product.

        Conceal discoloration
        There are flesh tone eyeshadow base products available to help cover veins and other discoloration.  Depending on your skintone you may be able to use MAC Paint Pot in Painterly or Layin' Low.  Again, there are other options out there, these are just guidance to give you an ideas.  If you can not find a product labeled as an eyeshadow base in your skin tone, you can use a concealer.  If you use a concealer as an eyeshadow base you may find that the concealer will work on its own without a problem.  If you do experience creasing you can try to set it with your face powder or a skin tone colored eyeshadow.  If setting the concealer still results in creasing you you may have to wear a primer underneath the concealer.

          Do you use an eyeshadow base?  If so, what is your favorite product and method?  Let us know in the comments section below.

          Please stick around and check out some of my other content.  
          • Makeup Baskets:  Join me in rotating through my products to truly enjoy and get use out of the items I own.  Let's encourage each other to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new.
          • Eyeshadow Combos: If you're looking for ideas of coordinating shades, I hope some of my eyeshadow combos can give you inspiration.
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