If you want your makeup to look beautiful, and you want it to stay that way all day long, you need to add makeup primer beneath your foundation and eyeshadow.
However, the primer isn’t cheap. You’ll pay $20-40, or more for a good makeup primer. A small tube of eyeshadow primer can cost $20 or more.
Make Your DIY Face Primer
Why make your own DIY primer? Face primer helps make your skin the perfect canvas for makeup. Other benefits include:
You'll Need The Following:
I don’t like putting on multiple products, so I added sunscreen to my DIY primer. However, this is an optional ingredient, although I recommend it.
Since you only add a bit of sunscreen to the primer, use a sunscreen that has a high SPF. It’s also best to go with sunscreen that is water based.
Since you’ll be using this primer for some time, you don’t want to use fresh Aloe Vera gel, since it can go bad. Purchase pre-packaged Aloe Vera gel, which is easy to find at medical stores.
The Aloe Vera gel is your primer base. People with oily skin may need to add a bit more gel. In most cases, Aloe Vera works on most skin types, but there’s a small chance it won’t work for you. You can also make your own hydrating skin serum.
Another optional ingredient is liquid foundation. I add the liquid foundation so my primer has a bit of tint to it.
This way I don’t even have to use foundation if I’m in a hurry. Add drops of liquid makeup until you get the amount of coverage you want.
Loose Face Powder
While the Aloe Vera gel is the base for the primer, the loose face powder makes the primer provide a matte result. You can scrape some powder from your compact or use tinted face powder.
Even baby powder would work, although it’s not the best choice. Just avoid adding too much powder, or you’ll have a hard time getting a smooth mixture.
You need a moisturizer, but it’s best to go with a water based moisturizer since you want to minimize oil.
Of course, if your skin is extra dry, then you can use a bit more moisturizer in the primer, or you can use an oil based moisturizer. If your skin is oily, definitely choose the water-base moisturizer for use in this DIY primer.
Container (for Storage)
Of course, you need a container for your primer. You can keep the primer for 2 weeks, but you need a clean, airtight container to store it in. A clean, dry, empty cream container works perfectly.