Mascara primers: do you need one and which is the best?

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Along with giving you the best lashes you’ve ever had, lash primers help to keep your mascara locked in place for longer. Here’s our pick of the best ones on the high street.

Mascara is one of the most transformative products ever, fact.

Lengthening, curling and defining your lashes is an easy way to look wide awake instantly. Over recent years, there have been lots of clever innovations in the lash industry, such as LVL, eyelash extensions and high quality false lashes, but somewhere along the way, eyelash primers have been somewhat left behind. 

Don’t be fooled, though, because these clever tubes aren’t just make-up bag filler.

Mascara primers are designed to make the most of your lash length. After sweeping a primer through your lashes, you’ll find they appear longer, thicker and have a better curl. Plus, covering the eyelashes in a good coating of primer will help to lock your mascara in place for longer.

These handy tubes are also the answer to big, bushy eyebrows. Swipe a few coats of mascara primer through your brows (like you would with an eyebrow gel) and make your hairs stand upwards. As it dries down, the primer will lock your hairs in place - and don’t worry, any visible signs of the white formula will disappear as it dries, too.

Here, we run through our top mascara primer picks from the high street…

  • Dior Diorshow Maximiser 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer


    A must-have amongst professional make-up artists, this Dior mascara primer is as beneficial as it is effective. The formula contains an oil serum concentrate to help improve the overall appearance of your lashes. When you’re not using it to boost your mascara, you can use it on its own as an overnight lash conditioning treatment.

    Dior Diorshow Maximiser 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer, £28

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer


    Lightweight but effective, this Smashbox mascara primer enhances lashes with volume but also helps to make your mascara last longer. The best bit about this primer, though, is its clever Two-Timer brush. The dual-sided mechanism has densely packed bristles on one side to coat the lashes in formula. On the other side, there’s a thin comb with spaced out bristles so help you comb through the lashes and avoid clumps.

    Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer, £17.50

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