09 August 2013

Homemade Eyeshadow Primer - 3 Easy Recipes

How to make homemade eyeshadow primer with three easy recipes.  Use these in a pinch when you run out of eyeshadow primer or use them all the time.  Also includes an eyeshadow primer recipe for oily eyelids.

Do you use eye shadow primer?  I didn't used to until I got a free sample.  Now I won't apply my eye makeup without it.

Primer is like foundation for your eye makeup.  It helps it go on smoother, reduces creasing, and helps your makeup stay longer.

I notice a big difference when I use eyeshadow primer versus when it I don't use it.  It really helps get an even layer so my eyeshadow looks better.

It also helps my makeup last longer.  With my homemade eyeshadow primer, my eyeshadow lasts all day!


If your makeup creases or wears off after a few hours, try using a primer. You may also want to look in to makeup for oily eyelids if your makes dissolves or melts quickly.

Primer is expensive, but you can make your DIY eye shadow primer very easily!  You can learn how to make eyeshadow primer to use when you've run out or all the time to save money.

Homemade Eye Shadow Primer Recipe

What Can I Use If I Don't Have Eyeshadow Primer?

If you run out of eyeshadow primer and don't have time to make more, then you can use one of the following products.

Can You Put on Eyeshadow Without Primer?

Yes, you can definitely use eyeshadow without primer.  However, a good primer helps prevent creases and caking.

Primer also helps hold the pigment so your eyeshadow lasts longer.  

If you are going out or need your makeup to look good for hours, then I highly recommend using eyeshadow primer.  

How Do You Make Eyeshadow Primer?

Making homemade eyeshadow primer is easy, and it works great.  I have three recipes: one with clay for oily eyelids, one with foundation that's easy to make, and a lip balm eyeshadow primer. 

Should I Put Foundation on Eyelids?

Technically, yes you can.  However, using foundation as a substitute eyeshadow primer isn't the best thing to use.

Foundation can be heavy, and it can settle in the fine lines.  It can also make your eyeshadow crease.

If you do want to use foundation in a pinch, use my recipe below to dilute it with other ingredients so it won't crease your makeup.

How Do You Keep Eyeshadow From Creasing Without Primer?

I highly recommend primer or learn how to make eyeshadow primer with these easy recipes.  Otherwise, you can use a setting powder or even arrowroot powder.  

Use a stiff brush when you apply your eyeshadow.  Set your makeup with a setting spray.

My Favorite Eyeshadow Primers

These homemade eyeshadow primers work really well, but I do still buy it sometimes.

My favorites are:

Clay Eyeshadow Primer Recipe for Oily Eyelids

If you have oily eyelids, then eyeshadow primer is a must. Without it, the natural oil on your lids will dissolve your makeup.

My eyeliner wouldn't last more than an hour.  Then I started using an eyeshadow primer made for oily lids.  

Learn more about makeup for oily eyelids.  

The clay and the arrowroot powder in this recipe absorb excess oily.  Aloe is not oily, and it works to provide a flat surface for your eyeshadow.

Learn more about arrowroot benefits for skin and hair to see how to use it.

Homemade Eyeshadow Primer Recipe for Oily Eyelids Ingredients

Homemade Eyeshadow Primer Recipe for Oily Eyelids Directions

Mix all ingredients well and store in a small container with a lid.  I like to use a lip gloss container.  

Foundation Homemade Eyeshadow Primer Recipe

This recipe is easy because you probably have all of the ingredients.  While you can use either foundation or concealer alone as an eyeshadow primer in a pinch, they do tend to get thick and cause your shadow to clump up or crease.

However, you can dilute them with a body butter or aloe vera gel.  If you have oily eyelids, I recommend just using shea butter instead of body butter.

Foundation Homemade Eyeshadow Primer Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon liquid foundation
  • 1 teaspoon concealer
  • 1 teaspoon unscented body butter without fragrance or essential oils
  • a few drops aloe vera gel

Foundation Homemade Eyeshadow Primer Directions

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a covered container.  I like to use small lip balm pots for this homemade eyeshadow primer recipe.

Homemade Eyeshadow Primer With Lip Balm

This one uses a premade lip balm. Just make sure that you use a natural one with no fragrance or essential oils.

Again, this may not be the best eyeshadow primer recipe for oily lids because of the lip balm.  

Homemade Eyeshadow Primer With Lip Balm Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon natural lip balm
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid foundation

Homemade Eyeshadow Primer With Lip Balm Directions

Melt the lip balm in the microwave for a few seconds until soft. Add the arrowroot and foundation. Stir well.

And now you know how to make eyeshadow primer recipe!

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