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Laura Mercier Eye Basics

What it is: A multi-tasking eye color/eye primer that camouflages imperfections and enhances makeup. What it does: Create the perfect canvas for your eyes. The sheer, creamy texture blends easily and smoothly, leaving a long-lasting semi-matte finish. The eyes are primed and imperfections and discolorations are covered, leaving lids smooth and even. Skin-friendly ingredients enhance this delicate skin, while botanicals soothe and vitamins A, E, and C provide anti-oxidant protection. Water-resistant and crease-proof, it contains natural clay, which prevents creasing. What else you need to know: Use as a primer, or alone to add a little color to your eyes.
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Questions & Answers for Laura Mercier Eye Basics

Question
What is the best way to apply?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(San Francisco , CA)
on Eye Basics
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
The best way to apply is apply onto your lids using the applicator. Blend away using your middle finger. Use your middle finger since it has the most cushioning, and your eyes are the most sensitive feature on your face. Also, blend away quick because it will dry fast onto your lids and be hard to blend.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
stefanierosen
answer 2
I agree with the other answer that you want to apply FAST! I put a little (you don't need much at all!) on my ring finger pad and quickly dab where I want it. Right after, I use what's left on my finger (which isn't much at all) under my lower lashes, which really helps hold my eyeliner in place. (I use Wheat which is pretty close to my skin tome) I also run my pinky pad up from my inner eye corner to my brow edge to clean up any extra product. Apply quickly, use a little product (play to figure out the minimum you really need), and just lightly dab it on.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
glammyb
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 3
A little goes a long way, I dab it on my eye lids with the applicator and then blend with my middle finger, till its evenly over my eye lids. Just be careful not to get it under your eyes because then any eye shadow that falls while applying will stick to it.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
camridge
(San Luis Obispo)
answer 4
Dab on about three dots with applicator. Then tap on with your fingertip to blend.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
sweetbasstoo
(Pompano Beach, FL)
answer 5
I've been playing with this for a few weeks now. First off I have to blend right away. It sets very fast. I use the wand to dab very small dots on my lid and then blend with my ring finger. Too much seems to cake-up. Main thing is blend FAST.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
gailp65
(Louisville, KY)
answer 6
I use the applicator to apply some of the product and then spread it over my entire lid using my finger. Not sure this is the best method but it works for me!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
cruisin28
(Dawsonville, GA)
answer 7
I rub the wand on my ring finger to apply the product, which I the sweep over my whole eyelid. Sometimes, if I look really tired, I add a little just under my eye.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
jbjjpk
(Strongsville, OH)
answer 8
I dot it on along the eyelid then blend lightly with my pinky across the eye and up into the crease. Sometimes I go all the way to the brow bone.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
kati43
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Which Eye Basics for fair skin, brown hair, green eyes
I want a "champagne" look (I think) and after reading all the comments think that either Flax or Wheat would be good. which is lighter/darker? Which glistens more? I would like to wear it as the eye shadow. My lids tend towards redness. thanks!
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Pittsford, NY)
on Eye Basics
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have fair skin, green eyes, auburn brown hair. I received a sample in Wheat but it was too orangy on my skin. I bought Flax and it is perfect for my complexion. It ha a light sheen. Flax is lighter than Wheat.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
0smoky0
(OH)
answer 2
I would go with the Wheat.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
thesasha
(Vancouver, B.C.)
answer 3
Flax is definitely lighter/more yellowish/beige, and has a nice pearly shine that isn't too shimmery. Wheat is matte, and was too dark/orange to match my complexion, which is also fair. Even without knowing your exact skin tone, I'd recommend Flax for you.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
leahelen
(upstate New York)
answer 4
absolutely flax!!!!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
smoothey
(Pinehurst NC)
answer 5
I think you might prefer the Linen if you looking for more of a champagne. I just got it and have been wearing it more than the Wheat lately. I have your coloring and it does conceal redness. Linen is lighter.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
kelye
(Knoxville, TN)
answer 6
I received wheat as a sample and purchased flax. Flax is lighter but neither glistens. They are more like foundation for the eyes that keeps your shadow fresh, not a shadow unto itself.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
spempat
(Metairie, Lousiana)
answer 7
I'm pale and the "Wheat" was so very subtle that it got lost entirely on me -- it just didn't offer any enhancement. After testing several in the store, I went with "Buff" because it offered a notable (albeit still natural) color to my lids. I did not like the pearlized look of "Flax" -- seemed somewhat plastic on me.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
dezg
(NY)
Question
Color advice for fair skin, yellow undertones
I don't have a Sephora near me so I love this website, but it does take some trial and error. I have fair skin with yellow/neutral undertones, and wear Lancome Teint Idole foundation in Buff, although it's a tiny bit darker/warmer than my skin tone. I ordered both the Linen and Wheat in Eye Basics; the Linen was a bit too light/cool, while the Wheat was way too dark/orange. Any advice as to which I should try next?
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
leahelen
(upstate New York)
on Eye Basics
7 answers
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answer 1
I also wear Lancome Teint Idole foundation in Buff 6. I bought Flax and it is perfect for my complexion. It has a light sheen. Flax is lighter than Wheat and darker than Buff. I think Laura Merciers eye basics is much better than Lancomes Aquatique eye primer.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
0smoky0
(OH)
answer 2
Don't do the eyebright, try the new tawny one?
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
lindsmarie
(Irvine, CA)
answer 3
I had the same problem when contemplating buying this product. I bought the wheat but returned it for flax which was perfect.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
nikki18901
(Yaphank, ny)
answer 4
Try blending them together:) then apply to eye area.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
thesasha
(Vancouver, B.C.)
answer 5
I had the same issue with Wheat. I would go with Urban Decay's regular primer: I go back to it time and time again. There's no color to it, but it primes well, and you can get a true color from your shadow.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
beckarooney
(Boston, MA)
answer 6
Thanks for the response, usedtobered. I should have specified that I was attempting to use Eye Basics as a shadow and liner primer, so pretty much trying to match my skin tone. I haven't tried the peach, and I think the Eyebright would be too "shadow-like," but the Flax looks very natural on my upper lid, works as a liner primer, and gives just a tiny bit of shine. Still haven't found something that works as a lower-lid-liner/ undereye concealer primer.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
leahelen
(upstate New York)
answer 7
I think we have similar coloring and wonder if you've tried the peach. I have that and the Eyebright which looks a bit gray in the tube but looks incredible on...like I've actually gotten loads of sleep.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
usedtobered
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
Best way to apply this product
Do you dot your lid with the wand, and then rub with your finger tip? Or do you place a little bit on the finger tip and rub?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Mission Viejo, CA)
on Eye Basics
6 answers
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answer 1
I apply it with the wand (dot it) and then rub it in with my fingertip. This is the way the Laura Mercier countergirl instructed me to do it.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
myndik
(Fort Smith AR)
answer 2
I dot my lid with the wand and then blend with a third finger. You can also use the creme eyeshadow brush to blend. :-)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
ninjamom
(graham, nc)
answer 3
I dab it on with the wand and then blend with my fingertip.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
lisastl
(St. Louis, MO)
answer 4
i dot mine on the eye and blend across the lid, i even spread a very tiny bit around the lower lid as well
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
sweetskin
(santa monica)
answer 5
I tap the wand on the lid and blend with my finger. I use a brush only if I am applying eyeshadow on top.
answered 4 years ago
littledragon
(Miami, Florida)
answer 6
use the wand to apply a small amount to the lid then blend with your finger
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
dannygirl802
(Denver, CO)
Question
which color to pick?
Hi, I have fair skin, green eyes, brown hair. I'd like to use this as a base and also replacement for eyeshadow at times. How do I know what shade to order? thanks
asked 4 years ago
bgarcia18
on Eye Basics
6 answers
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answer 1
If you're using it as a base underneath your eyeshadow, i think the linen is great. However, i think it's a tad too light for me to wear by itself. I think i might get it in the peach color for summer time.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
mmcatee
(Washington DC)
answer 2
I love buff because it seems to go with anything I am wearing and it is great as a stand alone color should I chose to do so. It makes a great base for any eyeshadow that I use also.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
momfi
(East Tennessee)
answer 3
I have fair skin and the color, "flax" has been perfect for me. It has a touch of shimmer, so it's great to wear in place of eye shadow if you don't want to wear a lot of makeup. It's great if you're in a hurry.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
lisastl
(St. Louis, MO)
answer 4
i have similar coloring to your description and use flax. your best bet would be to get to a sephora and test which one blends best though
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
sweetskin
(santa monica)
answer 5
I like the Flax colour. I have warm, medium skin and dark blonde to brown hair, and it's an awesome neutral alone or as a base.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
47notold
(Millbrook, Ontario)
answer 6
We invite you to call us at 1-877-SEPHORA for a color consultation by phone with one of our Beauty Advisors. Thanks!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
I have olive complexion, brown eyes and hair,southern Italian skin color heritage, what color of th "Eye Basics" is best for me?
I currently use a bronze eye creme as my base and love it, so what color do you suggest in the Laura Mercier Eye Basics?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
LAPlasticSrgry
(Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275)
on Eye Basics
6 answers
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answer 1
I would try Flax. I am also olive complected and I love it!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
myndik
(Fort Smith AR)
answer 2
wheat or flax will work best for a natural look. flax provides a little more shimmer (not much). linen will look like white shadow ..the peach and buff are wearable, but also will provide a shadow like (read colored) base. I mix in eyebright occasionally with whatever basic I am using.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
ninjamom
(graham, nc)
answer 3
I am of latin and middle eastern descent and use Wheat on my lid and Fawn on the brow bone as a highlighter.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
sweetbasstoo
(Pompano Beach, FL)
answer 4
Sounds like you and I have very similar coloring. My dad's fam was from Sicily. I bought the color called Cotton. The yellow base really brightens up my dark lids! Love the Laura Mercier mascara too.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
gailp65
(Louisville, KY)
answer 5
My skin has yellow undertones, not unlike olive skin, and I like the Flax colour best. You can add a bit of whatever color you like in the crease or as a highlight and it will stay put as well.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
47notold
(Millbrook, Ontario)
answer 6
Try the Wheat Color. I have dark eyes and hair and olive complection and its compliments my skin tone great!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
krissy032585
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Question
Laura Mercier eye basics: are there different shades of this? how do I know which to order?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Boston, MA)
on Eye Basics
6 answers
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answer 1
There are five different shades. The Sand is very neutral.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
debdot
(Fresno CA)
answer 2
Match my skin tone
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
cheryllynne
(Delafield)
answer 3
Yes, it does come in different colors. I ordered wheat which I love. It's almost a cream color ( a little darker). You could order colors based on the eyeshadow colors you wear because it does add a little color.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
Pooter
(Peoria, IL)
answer 4
Yes, there are different shades and that makes all the difference in the consistency of the product. The "buff" is silky, creamy, and smooth, whereas the "peach" doesn't go on as nicely, although it's a good bright color. I really prefer the silkiness of the "buff" color. Make sure to try the different colors before you buy them.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
marcib
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)
answer 5
Yes they have different shades, but I think wheat is the best. It is neutral and would go with anyone's skin tone.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
breener27
(Scottsville, KY)
answer 6
While viewing the product page, scroll down to see the different individual shades available.

For help selecting a color, we invite you to call us at 1-877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672) to speak directly with one of our Beauty Advisors. Thanks!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Can this be used as an under eye concealer?
I'm looking for something that covers dark circles under the eyes. I don't like the Laura Mercier concealers in the little pots. Will this do the trick?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
elise31
(Toronto, ON)
on Eye Basics
6 answers
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answer 1
i dont think so. i would be nervousto because it is kinda oily and i ould get nervous about acne
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
dahali
(atlanta, GA)
answer 2
I don't have a problem with dark under eye areas, but I have dark areas in that area right next to my nose. I smooth this over my eyelids and down onto my nose and it works fine. I'm not sure how well it would work for under eye areas, but for the darker areas I have next to my nose it does a beautiful job.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
maggie0220
(Reno, Nevada)
answer 3
I actually just started using this under the eye as well as on the lid. I will have to get under the fluorescent lights at work before I really know what to think. My first impression was the coverage was good and it was more natural looking than my concealer or even foundation- but I may try to add a bit of moisturizer to it.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
eline
(New Jersey)
answer 4
I would say no. It's a little more on the dry side than regular concealor, so I think it would look cakey under the eye. I would suggest going into Sephora and play with all the actual concealor products they have.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
glammyb
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 5
I use a little of this below my eye before concealer and it seems to do the trick.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
iknow
(Austin, TX)
answer 6
I would not recommend as a concealer. It's too think. YSL has the best concealer.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
mtpnc
(Durham, NC)
Question
Can this be used as a concealor?
For under eye darkeness, can this also be used as a concealor?
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
blueeyedmuse
(Jacksonville, FL)
on Eye Basics
6 answers
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answer 1
NO! For eyeLIDS only! It dries down too matte to be an undereye concealer.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
pickyartist
(Queens, New York)
answer 2
Yes, if you apply it lightly. I also use it to conceal blemishes. I have fair skin, and found Wheat to be the best match.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
momeeh
(St. Louis, MO)
answer 3
I don't know that I'd use this as a concealer just because it leaves a softer, more powdery finish and these colors aren't really meant to match skin tones. If you're looking for a stellar concealer I'd take a look at Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT Radiant Touch. It's a little up on the cost, but a little goes a long way, blends flawlessly, and just does the job wonderfully in my opinion.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
krysal1s
(San Diego, CA)
answer 4
I think it would be too thick and cakey for under eye use.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
gayedoreen
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 5
It has a blue tint and needs to be covered with concealer or foundation. Its more of a primer than a concealer. I use it for my dark circles and it works very well.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
tsba
answer 6
The Laura Mercier Eye Basics is meant to be used as an eye base and wouldn't provide much coverage as an undereye concealer for dark circles. For help with personalized product recommendations, we invite you to call us at 1-877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672) & select option 2 to speak with one of our Beauty Advisors. Thanks!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
What is closest to cotton?
Hi, I used to use Cotton and it doesn't appear to be available anymore. I've tried Linen and it's too...bright, I guess. Thinking about Wheat...does anyone know if this is close?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
bicoastalmc
(Seattle, WA)
on Eye Basics
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I love the buff color for the most natural look.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
murry
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
Try Flax. It look like the other colors but it is soooo much more on the eyes!
answered 3 years ago
susieq1828
(Valencia, CA)
answer 3
I found Wheat to be a perfect cover and match for most skin types except very fair.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
gayedoreen
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 4
Wheat is a pretty close match, I use Wheat and I love it
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
jennacee
(Woodland Hills, Ca)
answer 5
I've used the wheat in conjunction with the eyebright which is light blue. The wheat shade is good for brow bone - it's very neutral beige without being whitish. I don't think you will find it too bright. The eyebright blue is another story though!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mom2twins
(Cary, NC)
answer 6
I would try Flax... Wheat is quite a bit darker.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
tetrafin
(california)
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