How often do you use a colored eyeshadow base?


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All the time!

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I don’t use any sort of base or primer at all on my eyes. Anything cream or liquid makes my shadow flaky, and layering too much powder looked caked on.

I put rarely but I really mean I rarely use brightly colored bases, I use a neutral one everytime I wear eyeshadow. I used to use colors other than neutrals more often when I was wilder with my eyeshadow but now I mostly wear neutrals on my eyes with birght lipstick.

Occasionally, I use a colored cream shadow (Laura Mercier Caviar Stick, Dior Mono Fusion), then go over it with a powder shadow to intensify the color and make it last longer, but the cream shadows are so pretty, I usually just wear them alone

I have to use colorless primer under anything, even cream eyeshadow, because otherwise it will slide right off my lids. If I’m doing a smoky eye or want to boost the oomph of a particular color, I’ll use a Maybelline Color Tattoo before putting powder on top – I have several of them and really like them.

I only bust it out on occasions where I am using a shadow with mediocre pigmentation or specifically need BANG OVER THE TOP COLOR, but yeah I also only use Milk. I tried Chanel Mirifique cream e/s and it was beautiful with color on top of it, but it creased and I don’t really do the black smoky look any more. I would have loved it… god, 10 years ago when I was a teenager, because I am an old. lol.

Lol…I get it. It usually doesn’t matter if the eyeshadow is pigmented or not with my NW48 skin. But Milk helps them show up true to color. And if I do a smoky eye, I use Black Bean. These two Jumbo Eye Pencils completely transform any eyeshadow.

I usually just use regular primer. Sometimes I’ll use a colored base, but a lot of them crease on me. If I do use one, it’s when I want super-vibrant color.

I use them nearly every time I wear colorful eyeshadow; however, I wear neutrals 99% of the time… I have very dry lids, so a base of some sort is requisite, and although I don’t wear colorful looks often, when I do, I go full force!

Actually, if people are counting neutrals as a coloured base, then I should have voted ‘all the time’! I was thinking coloured as in blue, green, et cetera. I pretty much always use an eye base, either a proper primer formulation or MAC Paint or a Color Tattoo, for the neutrals. Or the bareMinerals BB eye in Candlelit Peach, which is nice and brightening.

For actual colours, I use – again – Color Tattoo, other cream shadows or shadow sticks, smudged eye liner (UD 24/7 is really good for this), or even gel liner. The liner options are particularly good when using as a base for pigments or glitter.

Rarely. I have a few Color Tattoos for gold, silver, or blue looks (I use Electric Blue for blue winged liner all the time!), but I usually use either no cream base at all or I’ll use Nyx Milk jumbo pencil or maybe a black gel liner.

i’m assuming we’re not counting primer or color neutralizing shadows but color bases designed to amp the effect of color. i rarely bother with this as i haven’t found a great color pop base yet. i don’t really like Nyx’s Milk Pencil.

I picked other, because my daily primer, UDPP in Greed is technically colored. It’s golden and shimmery, but I don’t feel that it really changes the color of my eyeshadows. It does change the texture, which is why I use it instead of regular UDPP.

I only very occasionally use another type of colored base…and it’s more that when I wear a cream shadow for a main lid color, I tend to wear powder shadow on top of it to add highlight and shading.

I swear by MAC Painterly Paint Pot with a primer underneath such as the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I think of it like glue for my eyeshadow. It stops my eyeshadow creasing better than just using the primer on its own and I get quite oily on and around my eyes. 🙂

I use a colored base everyday. A Mac Paint Pot, Maybelline Color Tattoo or Smashbox color base. Minus when I just to apply a flesh color shadow to even out my lid and wear a cat eye for the day or night.

I only have 3 bases I ever reach for, and event then I use them alone if it fancies me, so I’m not sure if I consider them bases or something that I occasionally use as one. My LORAC Behind the Scenes primer is HG for keeping my oily lids controlled for any length of time, and my NYX Eyeshadow Pencils in Milk and Black Bean are perfect for whenever I want either some brightening or darkening. I’ve done a look of just highlighting with blended Milk and smudging Black Bean as a liner, so they certainly aren’t just bases that have to have other shadows used.

I wear Soft Ochre all the time for less pigmented/lighter shadows. I also use Nyx Milk, Nyx Black Bean, a couple color tattoos, and a LM Shadow stick as bases.

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