Emily MacCulloch
Emily MacCulloch
@emacculloch

I Tried A Lash Primer—You Should Too

Whether it’s natural, I’m-not-even-wearing-mascara lashes or a Kardasian-esque fringe you crave, a good mascara tops every girl’s desert island list. For me, it’s definitely up there (right after blush) and even though I’m lucky to be blessed with a pretty solid set of lashes naturally, I often can’t tackle my day without a few coats from one of my (many) trusted wands. While I have a lengthy roster of faves, I’m super-picky when it comes to mascaras. I always closely analyze the brush, how much formula is on the wand and how many coats I can apply before getting into Tammy Faye Bakker territory.

Which leads me to why I wanted to try a lash primer. I often find that I can only get tops two coats out of a mascara before my lashes turn stiff and cakey. Maybe a primer is the solution for natural, lush lashes that don’t look like they’re ready to crack off?

Enter: Stila’s new Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer. I choose this one to try out because it’s not white (like most primers) and the formula contains tiny fibres that attach onto lashes to subtly pump up volume.

Pre-priming, I used a lash curler. I always use a lash curler; it’s as V.I.P (very important product) as it gets in my makeup hierarchy. Then one coat of the lash primer and as you can see, it has a little bit of colour but it’s pretty minimal. I would totally wear this lash look on the weekend when I want just a bit of definition but not full-on fringe.

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One eye bare, the other with Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer

Then I added one coat of Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara. I really only needed one coat of mascara over the primer, two or more would have been way too much lash.

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One eye bare, the other with primer and one coat of Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Voila, here are both eyes with primer and mascara. I like that the coat of primer underneath the mascara gives softer definition to lashes, without them getting spidery-looking.

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Both eyes decked out with primer and mascara

All in all, I’m a pretty low-key girl with my morning makeup so I’m not sure I would use a lash primer every day, but would definitely reach for it on days where my lashes need a helping hand.

—Emily

 

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Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer

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Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

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Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer

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Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara