Scouting for stuff to add to your makeup stash? Presenting a trio of exceptional eye primers, for your perusal and prospective purchase, please:
The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer, $24.90
What’s different: Terrific for touch-ups throughout the day. The universally flattering flaxen hue is fabulous both over and under concealer: Pat lightly into lids before makeup for better “grab” of pigments, and top up whenever your under-eye region starts to betray signs of fatigue; I’ve found that the formula’s subtle pearlescence is incredibly useful for reducing residual redness and the bruised blues of dark circles;
And because this is The Body Shop we’re talking about, expect an entire suite of sustainably sourced botanicals, chief of which is cold-pressed Namibian marula nut oil for a deeply hydrating beautifying boost.
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $37
What’s different: Excellent for eyeshadow enthusiasts, this lightweight, heavy-duty stuff boasts some serious staying power – up to 10 hours, if the cult colour cosmetics brand is to be believed. The intriguingly gooey gel is shot through with silky polymers that provide a perfectly even canvas for smudge-proof shadow application. Works like a magnet to magnify the sheen and saturation of your shadow pots, so you get the biggest bang for your beauty buck.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging, $38
What’s different: Deeply quenching for dehydrated aged skin, this superbly soothing salve functions almost like a filler in erasing fine lines and “freezing” powders so that your undereye concealer doesn’t slip and slide down your nose. Light-reflecting optics blur away blemishes, and the comforting creaminess of the formula is fantastic for crepey lids; you might want to snag another set for your Mum if you’re browsing the beauty aisles!