How to Use Eyelash Primer

Whether or not you’re a connoisseur of all things beauty, you’ve probably heard of facial and eyeshadow primers. These are the kinds of products that can be extremely useful for avoiding patchy makeup. 

The latest primer to hit the market is the one we’ll delve into today: Eyelash Primer (or in other words, Mascara Primer). If you’re interested in learning more about this product, how to use eyelash primer, and the way in which it’ll enhance your beauty game, you’re going to want to stick around for this one. Keep reading to learn more!

What is Mascara Primer?

In a beauty store, you may not always be able to tell the difference between regular mascara and mascara primer at first glance, as they come in similar tubes. But, of course, when you look closely, you’ll see them labeled differently. 

On the inside, eyelash primer is a white substance rather than black. The brush used to apply it is the same, though. Once you’ve gotten the primer onto your lashes, you’re ready to apply your regular mascara!

What’s the Point of Using Mascara Primer, Anyway?

If you’re the type of person that loves a good, thick lash but you’re not a big fan of applying false ones or you don’t have the budget to afford lash extensions, using mascara primer is a fantastic option. Applying this product onto your lashes prior to brushing them through with mascara will help you achieve dramatic, bold results. This happens because the keratin in the primer supports a full look, keeps your lashes from clumping, and volumizes them all at once.

What you end up with is longer-looking, fuller lashes that you didn’t have to struggle for, as you would with applying fake lashes or sitting through an extension appointment. Additionally, the primer will actually help your lashes grow thicker and longer on their own. 

In summary, here’s your answer to the question, “what does mascara primer do?”.

  • Makes your mascara last longer through the day
  • Prepares lashes for mascara without clumping
  • Thickens lashes and boosts volume
  • Lengthens lashes
  • Conditions and nourishes lashes to keep them strong
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How to Apply Eyelash Primer:

Although getting the primer onto your lashes is a simple process, we want to support you in getting the most out of it. To learn how you can maximize your efforts, follow these tips below!

  1. Curl Those Lashes

Before adding eyelash primer or mascara makeup, it’s always best practice to curl your lashes, since it keeps your curler clean and free of gunk. When you’re in the process of curling them, begin at the base of your lashes, work your way outward, and avoid pulling on them too hard, of course!

  1. Apply Primer

Once your lashes are nice and curled, it’s time to apply your primer! When adding the product, make sure all surfaces are coated, root to tips! This will provide a perfect, even base for your mascara makeup.

  1. Let it Dry

There’s much controversy over whether you should let your lashes dry after applying primer or letting them be slightly damp. Those who believe in the damp alternative say that if you let the primer dry, it’ll be hard to add mascara and might result in clumping. The others who support letting it fully dry believe waiting at least 30 seconds before applying primer is the best way to go. I encourage you to try both ways and see what works well for you!

  1. Time for Mascara!

Begin with topping your lashes with a single coat of mascara, since you want to prevent clumpiness. Next, assess your look and decide if you need an additional coat or if you need to start all over. 

Sometimes, if the primer is left to dry too long, your lashes can end up clumpy and you’ll need to take a makeup wipe to your lashes and start fresh. If that’s the case, try again and this time, apply your mascara when your primer is still a little damp to see if your results come out better.

Tips on Keeping Healthy Lashes

Of course, primer and mascara makeup make for pretty lashes. However, for the best possible results you can imagine, having healthy habits can really set you up for major success in the lash department. After all, products like primer and mascara are most effective the healthier the lashes are! 

See below for tips on maintaining a strong fringe:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Take a brush to your lashes
  • Don’t sleep in mascara
  • Toss out old makeup
  • Try green tea
  • Think about a lash serum
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On that last note, we’ve covered 3 of the best Eyelash Serums in detail, so if you’re interested in learning more about it, check it out!


All in all, eyelash primer is definitely a product you’ll want to have in your suite of beauty supplies, as it will take your lashes to the next level. I hope I’ve helped you walk away with more knowledge on the subject and with that, I wish you the best in your beauty game!

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