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9 DIY Makeup Primers that Actually Work (and Save you Money!)

CEO Tinh Phung
Makeup primer doesn’t have to be expensive. You can hack a flawless makeup base at home by creating your own facial primer. So why not DIY the best makeup primer! A makeup primer that works...

Makeup primer doesn’t have to be expensive. You can hack a flawless makeup base at home by creating your own facial primer. So why not DIY the best makeup primer! A makeup primer that works just as good, if not better than what you can buy in-store (and online).

Do you need makeup primer?

The purpose of all makeup primers is to act as a barrier between your skin and your makeup, which helps extend the wear of your makeup. There are many different formulas of makeup primer to suit your skin type and personal skin needs. You can find drugstore and high-end makeup primers for oily skin, dry skin, acne-prone skin, and more. There are also primers that cancel out redness or match your skin tone (tinted primer). You may need makeup primer if:

  • Your makeup doesn’t last all day (i.e., while you’re at school or work).
  • You are concerned about foundation “clogging” your pores or causing irritation.
  • Your skin type is “too oily” or “too dry”.
  • You have a specific skin concern you would like to correct (i.e., redness, fine lines, textured skin).
  • Or you want a flawless base for makeup that lasts a long time.

If you’re not concerned with any of these things, then you may not need makeup primer at all. Primer is an additional step and additional cost to your makeup routine. Pricey primers can cost over $50 USD. Don’t feel pressure to use it unless you need to (or want to). Just remember, you can create good makeup primers at home!

Why would you want to DIY your primer?

There are many reasons to try a DIY makeup primer recipe. DIY makeup primers can save you money, particularly if you buy high-end primers. But also, many DIY makeup primer recipes utilize products you already have at home like Aloe Vera gel and Toner. Reasons why makeup lovers are DIYing makeup primer:

  • To save money (store-bought primer is an extra cost!)
  • To make use of available products they already have at home
  • They are in a pinch (i.e., lack of time, money, or availability)

DIY Tinted Makeup Primer

Create your own tinted makeup primer using your favorite foundation product. You can use this DIY Tinted Makeup Primer on its own or as a base for full makeup application.

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel
  • One teaspoon of facial Moisturizer
  • 2 -3 drops of Liquid Foundation
  • A small bit of Loose powder

Instructions:

Combine (in a bowl or container) One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel, One teaspoon of facial moisturizer, 2-3 drops (or pumps) of liquid foundation, and a few shakes of loose powder. Store in an airtight container or bottle with a pump.

Tip: Try to use clear Aloe Vera gel, the green kind will still work but it may alter the tone of your makeup primer slightly.

DIY Hydrating Makeup Primer for Dry Skin

Give your skin all the hydration it needs with this DIY Hydrating Primer. Perfect for dry skin types and for cold weather months.

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon Aloe Vera gel
  • One teaspoon Glycerin (vegetable glycerin)
  • Facial Moisturizer (About 1 teaspoon)

Instructions:

Combine (in a bowl or container) One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel, One teaspoon of glycerin, and about 1 teaspoon of your favorite facial moisturizer. Store in an airtight container or bottle with a pump.

Tip: Use facial moisturizer instead of body moisturizer as they have slightly different formulations.

DIY Makeup Primer Water Spray

Primer water spray is super popular for makeup lovers who want a lightweight and easy-to-store primer option. Plus, it's a dupe for popular makeup primers like the Smashbox Primer Water ($14 - $30).

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Glycerin (vegetable glycerin)
  • 5 tablespoons Witch Hazel Toner (or Hydrating Toner water)
  • 7 tablespoons Distilled Water (or more)

Instructions:

Combine (in a re-usable spray bottle) 3 tablespoons of Glycerin, 5 tablespoons of Witch Hazel (or Hydrating Toner), and 7 tablespoons of Distilled Water. Mix until the primer looks clear like water. Store in a spray bottle and keep in a cool, dry place.

Tip: You can use Spring water for DIY Primer Sprays as well, but stay away from faucet/sink water as it may contain unknown minerals.

DIY Makeup Primer for Oily Skin

Use this DIY Makeup Primer for Oily Skin. This facial primer reduces the appearance of pores and keeps your makeup on all day long! Adding a matte foundation and loose powder is the secret to this classic DIY primer recipe!

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel
  • One teaspoon of facial Moisturizer
  • 2 -3 drops of Mattifying Liquid Foundation
  • A small bit of Loose Powder (or up to 1 teaspoon)

Instructions:

Combine (in a bowl or container) One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel, One teaspoon of facial moisturizer, 2-3 drops (or pumps) of a matte liquid foundation, and a few shakes of loose powder. Store in an airtight container or bottle with a pump.

Tip: Use a label or marker to indicate when your DIY primer was created. This way, you can keep track of when it expires (consider discarding after about 6 months).

DIY Makeup Primer Water Spray for Acne-Prone Skin

If you tend to get oily throughout the day or have acne-prone skin, try this DIY makeup primer water recipe. The addition of tea tree oil helps balance oil production.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Glycerin (vegetable glycerin)
  • 5 tablespoons Witch Hazel Toner or Hydrating Toner water
  • 7 tablespoons Distilled water (or more)
  • 3 drops Tea Tree Oil (for acne control and oily skin)

Instructions:

Combine (in a re-usable spray bottle) 3 tablespoons of Glycerin, 5 tablespoons of Witch Hazel (or Hydrating Toner), 7 tablespoons of Distilled Water, and 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Mix until the primer looks clear like water. Store in a spray bottle and keep in a cool, dry place.

Tip: Although tea tree oil is a popular product for oily and acne-prone skin, other essential oils (i.e., lavender, lemon, etc.) may irritate the skin. Use essential oils with caution.

DIY Rose Water Primer Spray

Rose water is a popular beauty concoction for its gentle, soothing, hydrating properties. Create this DIY Rose Water Primer Spray if you are looking for a natural primer that doesn’t break the bank.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Glycerin (vegetable glycerin)
  • 5 tablespoons Rose Water Toner
  • 7 tablespoons Distilled Water (or more)

Instructions:

Combine (in a re-usable spray bottle) 3 tablespoons of Glycerin, 5 tablespoons of Rose Water Toner (or other Hydrating Toner), and 7 tablespoons of Distilled Water. Mix until the primer looks clear like water. Store in a spray bottle.

Tip: If you aren’t into rose water, try a toner formulated with cucumber, coconut, or hyaluronic acid.

DIY Glowy Makeup Primer

Illuminating Makeup Primer is a must for that glowy, dewy skin look. Use this DIY recipe as a base before makeup application or by itself to shine bright like the diamond you are!

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel
  • One teaspoon of facial Moisturizer
  • 2 -3 drops/pumps of Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • 2 - 3 drops of Liquid Highlighter

Instructions:

Combine One tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel, One teaspoon of your favorite moisturizer, 2-3 drops (or pumps) of sunscreen and liquid highlighter. Mix until the primer is completely combined. Store in a spray bottle.

DIY Makeup Primer with SPF

If you want SPF protection with your DIY makeup primer, try this recipe!

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel
  • One teaspoon of facial Moisturizer
  • 2 -3 drops of Liquid Foundation
  • 2 -3 drops/pumps of Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • A small bit of loose powder

Instructions:

Combine (in a bowl or container) One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel, One teaspoon of facial moisturizer, 2-3 drops (or pumps) of liquid foundation, Sunscreen, and then add a few shakes of loose powder. Store in an airtight container or bottle with a pump.

Tip: Be sure to use sunscreen with at least SPF 30!

DIY Makeup Primer Without Aloe Vera or Glycerin

If you don’t have Aloe Vera gel or Glycerin at home, or you don’t have time to pick some up, try these products as a quick and easy makeup primer.

Options when you can't make a DIY Makeup Primer:

  • BB Cream or CC Cream
  • Tinted Moisturizer
  • Your favorite facial Moisturizer (sometimes hydration is all you need!)
  • A light layer of loose setting powder or pressed powder (works great for oily and combination skin types)
  • Hydrating Toner Water

Remember, experimenting with DIY makeup primers is a great way to find what works best for your skin and saves you money. Have fun creating your own personalized primer and enjoy the benefits of a flawless makeup base.

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