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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, 6 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, 4 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, 2 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, 4 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, 4 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, 5 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, 5 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, 6 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, 6 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, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Pittsford, NY)
on Eye Basics
7 answers
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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, 4 months ago
0smoky0
(OH)
answer 2
I would go with the Wheat.
answered 2 years, 1 month 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, 2 months ago
leahelen
(upstate New York)
answer 4
absolutely flax!!!!
answered 2 years, 2 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, 3 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, 4 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, 4 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, 3 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, 4 months ago
0smoky0
(OH)
answer 2
Don't do the eyebright, try the new tawny one?
answered 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
nikki18901
(Yaphank, ny)
answer 4
Try blending them together:) then apply to eye area.
answered 2 years, 1 month 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, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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 3 years, 10 months 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, 3 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, 3 months ago
ninjamom
(graham, nc)
answer 3
I dab it on with the wand and then blend with my fingertip.
answered 3 years, 3 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, 4 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 3 years, 9 months ago
littledragon
(Miami, Florida)
answer 6
use the wand to apply a small amount to the lid then blend with your finger
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
dannygirl802
(Denver, CO)
Question
Laura Mercier eye basics: are there different shades of this? how do I know which to order?
asked 3 years, 7 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, 4 months ago
debdot
(Fresno CA)
answer 2
Match my skin tone
answered 3 years, 5 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, 6 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, 6 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, 6 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, 7 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Can this be used as a concealor?
For under eye darkeness, can this also be used as a concealor?
asked 3 years, 1 month 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, 7 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, 8 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 2 years, 10 months ago
krysal1s
(San Diego, CA)
answer 4
I think it would be too thick and cakey for under eye use.
answered 2 years, 11 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 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, 1 month ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
what is the best color for me? Looking for a color I can wear alone for everyday makeup. Blue eyes, fair skin
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
carriesk
on Eye Basics
6 answers
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answer 1
I think Linen is the best choice for fair skin and blue eyes.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
kelye
(Knoxville, TN)
answer 2
Definitely not Wheat...it's orange on fair skin.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
hml7
(Peninsula, Ohio)
answer 3
I wear Peach, Wheat or Flax alone without any eye shadows. Peach is my favorite.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
rsfbarbie
(Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
answer 4
i personally use flax and it looks nice but a whiter or lighter color might make your eyeshaddow pop more
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
dahali
(atlanta, GA)
answer 5
I also have fair skin, and like Wheat. It gives my eyes a nice polished look and helps set my eyeliner. It would also work great as a no-show base under other powder shadows. It doesn't show much as a color, though, so if you want more color on its own, try Linen to go lighter.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
momeeh
(St. Louis, MO)
answer 6
Flax is probably the best color if one is going for an enhanced, but natural look.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
daintydeb
(Hillsboro, KS)
Question
does this need a primer?
Is this a primer itself or do I need to put one under it?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
tallulz
(Toronto, ON)
on Eye Basics
6 answers
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answer 1
This is a primer. You don't need anything under it. Use a tiny amount. It's creamy, but dries right away. You can wear it on its own, or use shadow on top, and your shadow will last all day. I've been using it for years.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
er53
(Palm Beach, FL)
answer 2
This product serves as the primer for under your eye shadow. It evens the skin tone on your lids and sets the eye makeup in place.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Canton, OH)
answer 3
This is a primer, but I use it more for a daytime shadow and primer for night.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
gilly3
(Washington state)
answer 4
No, it is a primer and can be worn alone as an eye shadow.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
productlove90
(Riverbank, CA)
answer 5
This is supposed to be a primer but I have dry skin and found it too moist; it make my eyes look creasy (I have creased eye lids...getting old). I exchanged it for the Lorac and love Lorac - no creases
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
midwestlady
answer 6
this is a primer.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
elyssagirl
(long island,ny)
Question
color
What color should I order for the Laura Mercier eye basics? I use nude in the tinted moisturizer. I received a sample of the eye basics in wheat and it's too dark. What do you recommend?
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
ljeastman
(Charlotte, NC)
on Eye Basics
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
try linen it's lighter
answered 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Indianapolis,IN)
answer 2
definitely "flax". Many beauty gurus on youtube use it because it makes for a great base color, i use it and it is fantastic!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
laurabell123
answer 3
Cotton is very light - so that could work. Linen is the one I reach for most often - less 'tan' than Wheat
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
pilateschick
(Dallas, Texas)
answer 4
I use peach and it lightens the eye area.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
gilly3
(Washington state)
answer 5
I agree. Linen would be the way to go. I got a free sample in Wheat and it's too dark for me too but Linen is perfect.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
dancingdream99
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 6
If wheat is too dark, try linen.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
Madison11
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 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, 8 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 2 years, 9 months ago
susieq1828
(Valencia, CA)
answer 3
I found Wheat to be a perfect cover and match for most skin types except very fair.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
gayedoreen
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 4
Wheat is a pretty close match, I use Wheat and I love it
answered 3 years 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 ago
mom2twins
(Cary, NC)
answer 6
I would try Flax... Wheat is quite a bit darker.
answered 3 years ago
tetrafin
(california)
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