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How to Make a DIY Oil Primer for Perfect Makeup Application

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About the author: Jinane Doughan is a professional make-up artist with a degree from the French Fashion Institute ESMOD Dubai. She specialized in natural handmade skincare and haircare products.
Her YouTube channel, Jinane World, has 600+ educational videos and 100K+ subscribers.
She is an accredited Master Trainer and gives courses at a reputed academy that has 16 branches worldwide. She sells online courses about natural skincare.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice. Use any natural skincare or haircare products at your own risk and perform a patch test before use.

Looking for a natural, affordable, and effective way to prime your skin before applying makeup? Look no further than this DIY oil primer recipe! Made with pumpkin oil, glycerine, lemon oil, and aloe vera oil, this primer will leave your skin smooth, hydrated, and ready for flawless makeup application.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the simple steps to make your own DIY oil primer. But first, let’s explain a bit what an oil primer is.

It is a type of makeup primer that is used to prep the skin before applying foundation or other makeup products. It is typically made with a combination of natural oils, which work together to create a smooth, hydrated, and even base for makeup application. The main purpose of an oil primer is to help makeup adhere better to the skin and last longer throughout the day, while also providing additional benefits such as nourishment, hydration, and skin protection.

Ingredients Needed

  • Pumpkin oil
  • Medical glycerine – You can find it in pharmacies
  • Lemon oil
  • Aloe vera oil
  • Any essential oil (we will use lavender)

Choose high-quality ingredients to boost the effectiveness and safety of your DIY beauty products. Also, where an essential oil is included in my recipes, I utilize either of two types of essential oils: pure, if added in drops, or diluted, if mixed in grams.

Important note: From the list of ingredients above, you see that we are using lemon oil. If you have a sensitive skin, you cannot use lemon oil in the DIY oil primer. Use instead sweet almond oil or chamomile oil. The lemon oil can be used for all other types of skin: oily, dry, normal, and combination.

Tools Needed

  • bowl
  • Tablespoons
  • Empty bottle for the final product

Steps: DIY Oil Primer

1- Add 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of pumpkin oil to a bowl.

DIY Oil Primer - Adding the pumpkin oil
Add pumpkin oil

2- Add 1 tablespoon of lemon oil.

DIY Oil Primer - Adding the lemon oil
Add lemon oil

3- Add 1 tablespoon of glycerine.

DIY Oil Primer - Adding the glycerine
Add glycerine

4- Add 1 tablespoon of aloe vera oil.

DIY Oil Primer - Adding the aloe vera oil
Add aloe vera oil

Note: If you want to make more quantity of the DIY oil primer, add the oils in equal measures. For example, if you put 2 tablespoons of pumpkin oil, you should also add 2 tablespoons of lemon oil, and so on.

5- Add 5 drops of your chosen essential oil.

DIY Oil Primer - Adding our chosen essential oil
Add the essential oil

6- Mix the ingredients together for 2-3 minutes.

7- Pour the contents of the small bowl into an empty plastic serum bottle or your chosen container for storage purposes.

8- Done!

Using The DIY Oil Primer

First, make sure your face is dry and clean. You can use a cleanser to help remove any dirt or oil.

Next, apply some moisturizer to your face and let it absorb for a couple of minutes.

Now it’s time to apply the oil primer. Apply a small amount on your face using your fingers (you can also use a makeup brush) and use a roller to help spread the primer across your skin. It’s a good idea to focus on areas where you want to smooth out fine lines or pores.

Wait a few minutes for your skin to absorb the oil primer before applying any makeup. After your skin has fully absorbed the primer, you can start applying your makeup.

Benefits of The DIY Oil Primer

This skincare product has many benefits such as:

  • Contains all-natural ingredients: By making an oil primer at home, you have full control over the ingredients that go in it. This ensures that it will be free of any chemicals or other harmful elements to your skin.
  • Is fully customizable: Because you’re making this product at home, you can tailor it to your skin’s needs. For instance, if you have dry skin, you can add more moisturizing ingredients.
  • Moisturizes your skin: This product has plenty of ingredients that can help keep your skin hydrated. This can help improve your skin’s overall appearance and health.
  • Enhances makeup application: An oil primer can create a smooth base for makeup application. This can help reduce the appearance of blemishes, pores, and fine lines. In the end, your makeup will look more flawless and stay in place longer.

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Video How-To on My Channel | Jinane World

The steps to make the DIY oil primer are demonstrated in this video.


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