Some makeup artists are using eyeshadow primer instead of face primer, and they swear by it

If your skin tends to be fairly oily, then there’s a decent chance that many makeup primers end up working against you. Though the highly creamy consistencies can be desirable for someone with normal to dry skin, they can make oilier folk feel far too slick and shiny.

For people with incorrigible shiny or oily spots, it may be time to try out one of the internet’s makeup hacks: using eyeshadow primer as a face primer.

Eyeshadow primers, such as Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, are used to keep shadows in place, reduce eyelid greasiness, and prevent creasing. However, one savvy Redditor recently noticed that their Primer Potion did an incredible job when used on their (oily) nose.

“It worked better than any face primer I’ve tried!” goteamsquanch exclaimed in the r/MakeupAddiction subreddit.

“I want to know why there isn’t a face primer that keeps my makeup looking as great and shine free as this eyelid primer,” goteamsquanch added in another comment. “I’m guessing it may be too drying?”

The Urban Decay Primer Potion has been a Sephora bestseller for a while now, so it’s no wonder this classic concoction works well as a multi-use primer. However, other Redditors added that they’ve tried using other brand of eyeshadow primer on their faces, with fairly successful results.

So, if you’re feeling like you want to combat certain oily areas of your face, some well-placed eyeshadow primer may very well do the trick. Here are some idea for possible products to get you started:

Urban Decay Primer Potion ($12)

 

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Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer ($21)

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($20)

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If you have dry skin, these primers may not be the best choice for your face — but hey, they’ll still work great on your eyelids, so it’s a win!

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