The Best Eyelash Primers To Lift, Lengthen and Volumise


We’re here to tell you that eyelash primers are 100% worth the extra step.

You know how foundation magically goes on better with a slick of primer underneath? Well,  you’ll find that the same applies to your mascara.

‘Eyelash primers give your lashes a new surface to adhere to,’ says Nam Vo, Global Artistry Ambassador for Marc Jacobs.

‘Yes, it’s another step in your beauty regime. But eyelash primers ensure that when you layer mascara on top, it goes on clump free. Plus, they seal your mascara in place. There’s no flaking or smudging throughout the day, so it’s worth it.’

Cocktailed with your mascara, eyelash primers also boost the volume of spindly hairs and extend their length for a false-lash effect.

Not to mention, some formulas are tinted.

This beefs up all lashes, making them look instantly denser. Even if you choose not to wear mascara on top. But it’s especially beneficial for those with fair lashes as the overall pigment is richer and longer lasting.

Many eyelash primers nourish and condition, too.

‘Coating lashes with a formula rich in glycerin and jojoba oil before putting on your mascara will save you from weak and brittle lashes and can promote natural growth,’ says Vo.

Best Lengthening Eyelash Primer

Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer Epic Lash Primer, £25, Harvey Nichols

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Perfect if you want super-long lashes without the hassle of applying falsies. The wand single-handedly lifts, separates and creates elongated lashes you can see in your peripheral vision.

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Best Tinted Eyelash Primer

Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer, £22, Lookfantastic

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Shorter, thin lashes rejoice. The tinted formula is also enriched with conditioning B vitamins so expect a full-bodied flutter with every use.

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One more thing to consider when picking an eyelash primer: the shape of the wand.

‘A curved wand with thick bristles is great for creating major volume and drama in one swipe,’ says Vo. ‘A tiny precision tip wand is what I use for mess-free application on the lower lashes. Tapered wands are great for those hard-to-reach places, like the inner and outer lashes.’

Finally, do you need to use the same brand of mascara to get the best results?

‘Not necessarily. But eyelash primers and mascaras by the same brand normally pair well together as they share similar ingredients and technology,’ says Vo.

Tried and Tested Eyelash Primers

The Marie Claire team has been busy testing. Scroll down to see the ones we really rate…


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