This is one of my favorite budget friendly bases, because one pot lasts forever, and the product itself keeps eyeshadow on all day long without fading or creasing. It has a nice level of creaminess that makes it easy to apply and blend out to cover the entire lid area, but it dries down quick enough that it doesn’t crease before you get a chance to apply your eyeshadow on top of it. Skintone is more of an opaque base, though, which is particularly good for those who want a product that also evens out lids.
I love using colored eyeshadow or eyeliner to add more oomph to a look, so I knew it would be easy to find five ways once I received reader Jen’s request. It’s great to border black eyeliner on the waterline to give it a crisper line of black, and it can also prevent black eyeliner for migrating past the waterline (sometimes!). I also like using lighter eyeshadow smudged underneath to brighten eyes, especially with really dark or heavy colors on the lid. I often choose colors that tie-in with either the overall look (as in “An Ode to True Chartreuse”) or from the lid/crease color.
Since I cannot wear eyeliner on my upper lash line without having swollen lids the next day, most of these involve colored eyeliner on the lower lash line, but you could just easily flip it and apply to your upper lash line instead.