This Trick Uses Vaseline as Primer to Make Your Eye Shadow Look More Pigmented

This Trick Uses Vaseline as Primer to Make Your Eye Shadow Look More Pigmented

Vaseline is one of those household beauty staples that people swear by, like coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Ran out of brow gel? Use Vaseline. Cystic acne? Put Vaseline on it. One purpose for petroleum jelly that I've overlooked is eye-shadow primer. Because it has a slip to it, I've never thought of using Vaseline this way. However, someone on Instagram who goes by @flicke.r brought this new use of it to my attention with her viral hack.

The aspiring makeup artist credits Vaseline for making her colorful eye shadows look more pigmented. It's honestly so simple and so genius that I wish I came up with it first. Vaseline acts in the same way concealer or cream shadow does to help eye shadow look more vibrant. However, Vaseline seems to give the shadow more grip and makes it look more luminous. All you have to do is rub a little bit onto your lids before proceeding with your usual eye-shadow techniques.

I tried the hack out for myself to see what the hype was about, and turns out, it really does the trick. The key is to put less Vaseline than you think you need. (Glossier's Balm Dotcom and the Lanolips 101 Ointment also work in a pinch.) Then, smear on the thinnest layer you possibly can. If you end up applying too much Vaseline, you will end up with more of a colored gloss look.

Below, I used Vaseline as primer on the left lid, and no primer of any sort on the right. You can see how much more metallic the shimmery shadow on the center of my left lid looks, and the pink looks a lot richer.

If the shadow already has intense color pay off, @flicke.r said the Vaseline hack will make it hard to blend. Instead, stick with using Vaseline as a primer with eye shadow palettes that possess less-than-stellar pigmentation. Petroleum jelly will definitely breath new life into those chalky shadows that disappear the second you sweep them onto your lids. Palettes aren't cheap these days, but Vaseline is. (You can get it at the drugstore for about $3.) Even if you don't have it on hand, a quick purchase can make all the difference for your eye makeup. Take it from @flicke.r and me.

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