It's the little things that give you confidence. I could have completely bare skin, but as long as I have mascara and lipstick, I'm good to go. Way back in May I invested in the Estee Lauder Little Black Primer in Duty Free. It makes sense really when you think about it. When I want my foundation to last all day, I'll reach for a primer, when I want my eye shadow to stay in place, I'll reach for a primer, so why not a primer for my mascara?
Unlike traditional lash primers, The Little Black Primer, is, funnily enough, black, meaning you don't have to worry about covering it all to avoid random white flecks. Estee Lauder designed it to conquer three things:
- Tint - to colour and life natural lashes so they stay jet black over a long period of time.
- Amplify - to act as a super-primer and provide the perfect base for volume, lift and length.
- Set - to make smudging and flaking a thing of the past.
Like everything, exactly how well the primer works depends on your natural lashes. I'm pretty lucky in that my lashes are long and jet black to start with. Even so, I would be tempted to wear the primer alone for a natural, subtle look. This would be perfect for anyone with light coloured eyelashes, just to give a base for your mascara, so the colour is amplified.
Unlike mascara, the formula is pretty subtle and for a while, I actually questioned if any had been applied at all. Until I looked at the before and after pictures. Alone, it's not clumpy and in fact helps you separate your lashes giving the appearance of a full lash line. In the photos above I've not curled my lashes. The shape of the wand means your lashes are lifted while the primer lengthens them. If you have ever been scared of using a curler or find it a bit of a faff, this is for you. Oh, and because it is a primer, that curl lasts all day and night.
All this is well and good, but the sole reason why I got this is to rid myself of flaking and smudging. For some reason mascara seems to flake off my lashes after a couple of hours, leaving a nice collection of black flakes on the top of my cheek bone by mid-day. Well, after a week of testing, through the most wintery gusts and downpours I may add, I can report that this beauty lives up to its claims. Gone are the days of cleaning up my mascara on my lunch break in the ladies, I can now walk down the road and not fear that the slightest gust will send my mascara into a flurry.
Although at £20, it's a bit of a luxury, for the effect it gives my lashes, I think it's more than worth it.
What primers do you currently use?