Now that spring has arrived with its forecast of increased chances of makeup meltdowns, suddenly everywhere you look there’s a new eye primer promising to end all your eyeshadow and liner worries. But are they really that vital? We asked makeup artist Patrick Ta (who’s worked with Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Gigi Hadid), and here’s what he had to say:


“I love primers—the only time I wouldn’t use one is if I wasn’t going to do eyeshadow,” he says. Yes, he says they are a must for eye makeup fans. They prevent creasing thanks to the mattifying effect of these formulas, which also keeps your makeup from running when it mixes with your sweat or skin oil throughout the day. Another thing they do: cancel out any redness on your lids so you get a truer color result, especially when you’re going sheer.

How Ta says to use them: After you moisturize, apply to your eyelid with your fingertip, pressing and smoothing it into the skin. Then allow to absorb for a few minutes before beginning your eye makeup as usual.

Three to check out:

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Ulta Eye Shadow Primer in Champagne, $4. This cream has a soft, pearly pink finish that can be worn on its own on days you’re feeling lazy.

Urban Decay’s Anti-Aging Eye Shadow Primer Potion, $13. This one is a multitasker that features polymer technology for smoothness and plumping ingredients that fight fine lines.

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer, $21. This lightweight formula is oil-, fragrance-, and paraben-free, so it’s especially good for sensitive eyes.