Homemade DIY Makeup Primer

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.

DIY Makeup Primer
DIY Makeup Primer

Recently, a good friend gave me a recipe to make my own homemade makeup primer. I now make it regularly and use it every day.

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:

  • It fills in pores, lines and wrinkles, which some products often highlight.
  • A good primer gives you an even skin tone, absorbs any extra oil and ensures your makeup stays looking fresh longer, which is particularly beneficial in the warm summer months.
  • Helps your makeup stays longer (especially in hot weather)
  • Absorb excess oil
While Silicon based polymers are used in most primers to help prime skin, this homemade primer uses Aloe Vera gel instead.
Although it might not work correctly the first time you mix up this formula, you can tweak the ingredients to make it work for your skin.

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.

Aloe Vera

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.

Liquid Foundation

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.

Follow the Step by Step Tutorial:

Start off with a 1 : 1 ratio of aloe vera gel and moisturizer. If you have an oily skin you could change the ratio to 1.5 : 1 or if you have dry skin you could change it to 1 : 1.5
DIY Face Primer
DIY Face Primer
Add a pea-sized blob of sunscreen (*OPTIONAL).
Makeup primer
Makeup Primer - Sunscreen
Add a few squirts of the liquid foundation.
DIY Makeup Primer
DIY Makeup Primer with Liquid Foundation
Add a couple of pinches of loose powder. You can adjust the amount.
DIY Makeup Primer
DIY Makeup Primer with Loose Poweder
Blend everything up using a spatula or wooden spoon.You should get an even consistency, if the mixture seems not too runny, it means you have either added too much moisturizer or foundation.You can balance out the consistency by adding more aloe gel and loose powder.
Makeup Primer
Just Blend the ingredients
NOTE: Scrape off any excess from the sides and you are done. I prefer storing it in the fridge to make it cool, so it feels refreshing when I apply the mixture in the morning. Take off your makeup using this Homemade makeup remover wipes.

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