Illuminating primers are all over the market these days. Make-up artists and beauty bloggers have been raving about them.

For those of you who’re unaware of what primers are, here’s some context. 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.

Illuminating primers are basically primers, with a hint of sheen in them. They impart a luminous, radiant and illuminating glow to the skin. They prep skin before make-up and make your skin look lustrous simultaneously. They can be used all by themselves also for a youthful looking skin.

Many illuminating primers are available in the market but they’re a little expensive depending on the brand. But, is investing in them a good idea if you already have hordes of regular primers lying in your vanity? The answer is no!

Here’s a hack using which you may conveniently convert all your regular primers into illuminating primers. Read on to find out how.


Step 1.

Take a generous amount of primer in a clean and dry bowl.

The choice of primer is your call.

Choose any primer of any brand that works for you.

Step 2.

Add a little amount of illuminating powder or highlighter to the bowl.

Choosing the right kind of illuminating powder or highlighter is very important.

Criteria For Selection

Illuminating powder or highlighter should be chosen depending on skin type and complexion.

People with dry skin may choose either cream based or matte illuminating powder or highlighter. Both will work for them.

People with oily skin should not use cream based illuminating powders or highlighters as they will make your face look greasy. Instead, they should opt for matte illuminating powders or highlighters.

People with dark skin tones should opt for gold or bronze illuminating powders or highlighters. Light colors will make dark people look like shiny disco balls!

People with fair to medium skin tone should opt for pink or silver colored illuminating powders or highlighters. Lighter hues would work wonders for them.

Step 3.

Mix the primer and illuminating powder or highlighter with a spatula so as to get a uniform mixture. Make sure the illuminating powder or highlighter mixes homogenously with the primer.

The color of highlighter may get a little subdued due to the addition of primer. So, you may add or reduce accordingly.

The amount of highlighter that goes into the formulation is your call. If you’d like an intense shimmery and lustrous look, then add more highlighter. If you’d like a less glossy look, add less highlighter. The formula can be modified according to our needs.

Step 4.

Transfer this mixture into a clean and dry container.

Voila! Our DIY Illuminating Primer is ready.

Usage Instructions

Use it just like you’d use usual primers. Take a little bit of the illuminating primer on your palm and massage it into your skin with your fingers.

Massage it in circular motion till it gets absorbed into the skin and you’re good to go!


Commercial illuminating primers are usually costly and can leave your pocket high and dry. However, this one’s a cheap and affordable hack. So, when you’re low on budget, this hack can bail you out!

It is very easy to make and requires not more than 2 minutes of your time! You don’t have to go hunting for the perfect illuminating primer in the market and waste your time. So, when you have time constraints, this is the product for you!

People with different complexions and skin types can have a hard time finding an illuminating primer in the commercial market that suits them. However, in the case of DIY illuminating primer, the formula can be tweaked to cater to our requirements.



So, the next time commercial illuminating primers have you craving, just whip up your own DIY illuminating primer and save up all those bucks!

Happy priming!