You may have often heard make-up professionals or make-up addicts discuss primers. Primers are lotions that serve as a base for foundation or other make-up by smoothening uneven skin by filling up the pores. Primers increase the longevity of make-up by adhering to the make-up and allow make-up to last longer than usual.

Varied types of primers are available in the market depending upon the skin type and formulation. Their core ingredient is usually silicone. For beginners, who are still building up their vanity, investing in primers can burn a hole in your pocket as they can be expensive depending on the brand. Also, as primers have silicone in addition to other chemicals, it might irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin.

To solve the above problems, we can prepare a budget friendly primer at home with natural ingredients.

Step 1: Take a fresh aloe vera leaf.  Chop off its thorns. Slice it horizontally and extract the pure aloe vera gel using a knife. You may use ready-made aloe vera gel available in the markets also.

Step 2: Slide this aloe vera gel into an empty bottle.

Step 3: Add a few drops of filtered, boiled and cooled water to this bottle.

Step 4: Shake the bottle vigorously till the aloe vera gel completely infuses with the water and the mixture becomes homogenous. Do not let the solution become runny. It should be a thick concentrated solution.

Voila! Your natural home-made primer is now ready to be used.

How to use: Take a generous amount of it on your fingers and work it in a circular motion on your skin till it gets completely absorbed into the skin. Wait for a minute before going ahead with make-up application.


  • This DIY primer is an inexpensive alternative to the awfully costly primers available in the market.
  • It is extremely easy to make and use.
  • It is 100% natural and is devoid of synthetic chemicals and preservatives. Hence, people allergic to synthetic primers can use it safely.
  • It forms a barrier between the skin and make-up thereby preventing make-up from having any adverse reactions on the skin.

Do try out this DIY primer before you think of investing in expensive primers. You may also give it a try when you’re in a rush and you realize you’ve run out of primer! You can save up on those extra bucks and time also!

Happy priming!