How to Get the Most Out of Your Eye Shadow Primer

In an earlier  Frugal Friday we covered getting the most out of your gel foundation primer. This time I’d like to talk about eye primer, like the kind that comes in a little squeezy tube.

I’m quite fond of the one by Urban Decay—it keeps my shadow on all day and really brings out the color of the shadow I apply. And even though this primer lasts forever, it’s still kind of pricey (roughly $20 per tube)—I’ll make sure I get every bit that I paid for, thanks.

So when the tube is smashed flat, I know it’s not totally empty. You just have to get creative.


Much like some people do with toothpaste (not I, because toothpaste generally costs $2 as opposed to $20), simply snip the tube where it can’t be squeezed flat anymore.

Open that bad boy up, and you should see a treasure trove of goo just waiting to be smeared.


Now, there are a few options for how to store your newfound glory. If you have a teeny makeup spatula, you can scrape the excess primer out and store it in a little sample jar.

Or you can go the less time-consuming route—reconnect the two tube halves by sliding one over the end of the other (kind of like what you’d do with a tube of lotion).

And there you have it! Hope this helps!

—Marge

How to Get the Most Out of Your Primer

Where would we be without primer? Probably somewhere about here:

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So it’s understandable why you’re distraught when the pump on your expensive primer sputters its last breath with no warning. I’ve been there.

Like many other beauty products, the inability to squeeze more out of the bottle hardly means the bottle is completely empty.  You just have to get a little inventive.


Take my gel primer from Bare Minerals, for example. I can’t squirt any more product out—but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any left. 


Unscrewing the pump from the bottle yields a significant amount clinging to the pump and plastic bottle’s walls. And when a little primer goes a long way, this trick should keep your face primed for about a week before you’re able to make it to the store to buy another bottle.


I suppose if you really wanted to stretch the life of your primer, you could even cut the top of the container off in order to thoroughly scrape the bottle. I haven’t been this desperate tried this, but let me know if any of you have and how it’s worked out for you! My method has currently lasted four weeks.

Frugal on, my friend!