Eye Primer Before Or After Concealer?

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Both the eye primer and concealer help you look better especially if you are using makeup. In a previous post, we’ve discussed the diffserence between the two and which one to use depending on your need. 

You can use either one to help with your eye makeup. Alternatively, you can also use them both for multiple issues that you have. 

That will eventually lead you to ask the question: Do I use an eye primer before or after concealer? 

Different people will have different answers. Everyone has their own style of applying makeup. However, we suggest using an eye primer first before your concealer is the best thing to do.

Read our detailed explanation below. Plus, we’ll also give you tips on how to properly apply an eye primer and a concealer.


Eye Primer Before Or After Concealer: Which Is Best?

Eyeshadow Primer

Makeup enthusiasts have developed different techniques through their experience. Some people prefer to use an eye primer before concealer while others prefer using it after. 

It is a personal preference, really.

However, we think that it is best to use an eye primer before you use a concealer. 

The main reason for that is because an eye primer can help anything that is placed over it to stick and last longer.

If you want your concealer to last longer, then it would be better to use the eye primer underneath.

Although that sounds great, there may be some instances that layering your eye primer underneath your concealer would be counterproductive to your makeup game. 

Blending Issues

Have you ever noticed that your eyeshadows fail to blend properly due to this combo? That’s because layering the eye primer with the concealer can produce extra grip over your eyeshadow. 

That could prevent your eyeshadow from blending properly.

This could happen to some eyeshadows but other eyeshadows could still work. You may run into compatibility issues between individual products. 

Combining The Use Of Eye Primer And Concealer


Eye primers and concealers have different uses. Knowing them and knowing the products you use will help you decide which one to use.

Although you can use them both on your face, you don’t always have to layer them on top of each other. Your eyeshadow not blending properly is a great example of why you should skip that. 

Instead of putting an eye primer and concealer on your eyelid before your eyeshadow, try just using an eye primer. 

Some eye primers may be able to correct the darker eyelids. Additionally, your eyeshadow can help cover the color of your lids. 

You may only want to use the eye primer and concealer combo on your undereye. You would do that if you don’t apply a lot of eyeshadow there, and you’d definitely want your concealer to last. 

Tips On Applying Eyeshadow Primer

Nyx Eyeshadow Primer

Eye primers  come in different shades. Carefully choose the one you use. Due to their shade, the eyeshadow primers could already help cover up some of that discoloration that you want to cover. 

However, you should note that using a tinted eye primer could also affect the color of your eyeshadow. A transparent eye primer  or those that don’t have too much tint in them is a good alternative. 

The eye primer should be placed on your clean face. Make sure you’ve already applied your eye cream or moisturizer before using it. 

You can use a flat brush or your fingertips to apply the primer over your eyelids and around your undereye. Make sure that you only use a thin layer. 

It should be quickly absorbed by the skin. After application, you’ll have a smooth layer for easy eyeshadow application.

When applying an eye primer, use a gentle tapping motion. That way, the product easily blends into your skin. 

Most eye primers are easily absorbed by the skin, but allow about a minute or two to make sure everything is dry and properly absorbed. 

When applying primer over your eye, use gentle minions. Avoid tugging your eye so you don’t develop sagging skin.

Tips On Applying Concealer

Maybelline Concealer

One of the first things you need to get right is the shade of the concealer that you are going to use.

The best shade is one shade lighter than your foundation (typically you would apply foundation first). That will help provide a brightening effect on your eyes.

You can apply the concealer over a primer to make it last. However, if you don’t wish to use a primer with your concealer , you should apply it after moisturizing your face. 

You may or may not need to apply the concealer all over your eye. You can just concentrate on the darker areas that really need the product, on blemishes, and on acne spots

Once you’ve identified which areas to cover, use only a small amount. If you go too heavy, you’ll just end up with a cakey appearance.

Once you placed the product, use a brush or your fingertips to blend it onto your skin. 

Again, use gentle tapping motions and avoid dragging the product. That will also lead to caking. 

With any product you place around your eye, think soft, gentle, fluffy clouds. The skin around the eye is delicate! And you can cause other problems if you aren’t careful.

Lastly, you should also set the concealer with powder . Don’t use too much and select one that matches your skin tone rather than a translucent one. 


Both the eye primer and concealer help improve your eye makeup. When it comes to the order of application, it is best to use the eye primer before applying the concealer. 

The eye primer helps provide a better grip for your concealer so that it sticks and lasts longer. When applying either your eye primer or concealer, remember that you only need a small amount. 

Also, make sure to use gentle motions because the eye area is delicate. Being too harsh with the application can cause your skin to sag or even develop premature wrinkles. 

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).