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Best Under-eye Primers for Flawless Concealer

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My under-eye area and concealers are like oil and water – they just don’t go together. No matter how many ‘crease-less’ concealers or setting sprays I apply, I can’t seem to prevent the products from fading and settling into fine lines. To stop myself from frantically patting my under-eye area every minute or so to smooth out creased makeup, I’ve started to rely on a much-needed product – my trusty under-eye primer. Now, you’re probably familiar with face primer and perhaps even eyeshadow primer, but have you ever considered an under-eye primer?

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Just like any primer, under-eye primers are worth using if you want coverage that doesn’t budge, while also keeping your delicate eye surroundings hydrated. So, if your under-eye area is also the bane of your life, then check out my favorite under-eye primers for your smoothest concealer application yet.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
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This crease-resistant primer is formulated to make concealer stay put through thick and thin. Smashbox’s silky formula is enriched with peptides to help build essential proteins and collagen to smooth out the area and prevent any creases. Nourishing ingredients like shea butter and algae extracts hydrate and prep the skin, while soothing chamomile and energizing caffeine work together to combat puffiness. The primer also contains optical diffusers which colour-correct dark circles to brighten and even out skin tone. With such a well-thought out ingredient list, this ultra-hydrating primer is bound to be your go-to for tackling panda eyes, pesky lines and, of course, the designer bags under your eyes.

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Under Eye Primer

e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Under Eye Primer

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly solution, then this e.l.f. Cosmetics primer is sure to cater to your under-eye needs, and more. It properly holds your concealer in place, with its beautiful peach-tone visibly reducing dark circles for a fresh look. The moisturising formula is infused with ingredients like anti-inflammatory green tea, water-absorbing aloe vera and skin-softening shea butter to soothe and nourish the delicate eye area. The exotic Ginkgo Biloba fights anti-aging skin particles, and Vitamins C and E help encourage elasticity and radiance. It’s a brilliant vegan and cruelty-free base that can definitely give the high end a run for its money!

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Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer

Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer
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Sometimes no matter how much concealer I apply, my tired eyes still persist and those fine lines emerge like it’s their job. The Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer by Becca is the answer to your I-look- like-I-Haven’t-Slept problem. With a velvety, balm-like formula consisting of caffeine, cucumber and matcha green tea, you know your under-eyes are in for a treat. This botanical combo helps deep condition the eye area to promote tighter, healthier skin, while fighting off any inflammation. You’re left with a smooth makeup canvas along with some major wrinkle-blurring and skin-soothing action.

L’Oreal Paris Magic Perfecting Base

L’Oreal Paris Magic Perfecting Base


When a product says it’s magic, just know that I’m buying it. L’Oreal’s Magic Perfecting Base is a smooth, versatile makeup primer that addresses large pores, fine lines, eyebags, dark circles – and just about any imperfection on your face. It blends effortlessly into the under-eye area and magically banishes any flaws for a lasting concealer application. Plus, with this drugstore primer at hand, you won’t have to purchase a different primer for every area of your face, so go ahead and save your money, honey!

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Catrice Liquid Camouflage Under Eye Primer

Catrice Liquid Camouflage Under Eye Primer
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Another drugstore option is this ‘camouflage’ under-eye primer by Catrice. It’s a transparent shade which fills in fine lines and creases to prep your under-eye area for smooth, flawless concealer. It’s also developed ethically which I love, as it’s 100% vegan and cruelty free. It’s an affordable, fuss-free product where a little definitely goes a long way.

Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer

Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer plus Brightener, Eye Brightening Primer

A product created with flash photography in mind, this PhotoReady Eye Primer by Revlon is your future date at any major upcoming event. This lightweight gel contains photo-chromatic pigments that reflect and bend light to brighten dark under-eye areas. It also ensures that fine lines and creases are reduced prior to foundation and concealer application. Plus, it’s great for any skin type as it’s non comedogenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free and talc-free – so no clogged pores or irritation in sight. This is the perfect addition to your makeup bag if you’re looking to be a snapshot ready queen at any given moment!

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Lara Elcheik
Lara Elcheik

Lara Elcheik is a freelance writer covering all things beauty and lifestyle. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kent and is currently based between London and Abu Dhabi.

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