Trying New Things: Day 21


Day 21: DIY Eyeshadow Primer

You guys, I’m pretty stoked about this one.  A few years ago my sister gave me an Urban Decay primer and I fell in love with it.  But not so much with the price tag.  When my tube started getting low I started scoping out the price of replacing it and just couldn’t convince myself to lay down $20+ for a shadow primer.  So when I saw this post about making my own knock-off version I knew I had to give it a try.

This would have been uber-affordable if I ever used foundation, but since I don’t I had to purchase some, which drove my cost up a little.  I decided to give it a try with the cheapest stuff I could find first and get some more expensive stuff if that didn’t work out.

All you need to make your own is: photo 2 (4)

  • 1/2 tsp chapstick (I couldn’t find the all-natural stuff that the original post recommended, but the original worked fine for me)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp liquid foundation
  • small container or jar

Run the chapstick under hot water for a minute to soften it up, then mix everything together until it’s smooth.

photo 3 (4)

I’ve used this several times now and have been very pleased with the results. To be totally honest, it seems to work just as well as the Urban Decay, and for a much-easier-to-handle price tag.  Yay for knockoffs!

What DIY beauty products have you tried?  Would you try this or just stick with the name brand stuff?

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5 thoughts on “Trying New Things: Day 21”

  1. Honestly, I have never used a primer? Don’t know what to do with it. I used a Matt finish foundation (MaryKay) and then a powder foundation on top of that (MaryKay), blush (cheap brand) and then a translucent powder on top of it all (cheap brand). I use a cream eye shadow (wal-mart sells it, can’t think of it), eye liner and mascara (all from wal-mart). EVERYDAY! this is my routine. I might would try this if I knew what exactly it was for and did? Tell me more! looks neat though. I am assuming it helps keep your shadow on and fresh looking all day with out a crease build up.

      1. Thank you for posting this, I have had to give myself a crash course in all things “girl” having raised a brood of boys for the past 20 some odd years, I find now, I’m a bit out of touch with what’s going on with women’s makeup. Even the language is different..aka primer lol. I enjoy the learning portion of things, just not the price tags…so your site was/is very helpful. I too loved urban decay primer, once the nice pre-teen sales clerk had to educate me on what it would do for my life *blush*….

  2. Just made this, and it seems very promising! I am all for saving money since I am in college and every penny counts, so any recipe where I didn’t have to buy “common household” items that will add up to the price of urban decay primer is a plus! I had all these items just lying around. When I mixed them together, the chapstick was left in clumps, so I just popped my little container with the mixture in the microwave for a few seconds and Voila! No more lumps!

    I did a few tests on my wrist and hand, and it seems very promising. You don’t need a lot, so my little contact case container should last me for about a year or so since I don’t wear a lot of makeup. Back to the tests. The eyeshadow went on more vibrantly in less swipes than it did without the primer. That was enough to hook me right then and there, but when I went to rinse it off, the water just beaded right off! It also makes your eyeshadow WATERPROOF! I was not expecting that, but it is a good plus. The ingredients I used was a tube of moisturizing chapstick with spf 15, Neutrogena acne foundation (light ivory because I’m as pale as a sheet) and the same cornstarch brand picture above. Since my foundation is so light, this primer basically becomes sheer once it’s on my skin, which I don’t mind, but if someone wants a little more coverage I’d say go with a foundation a couple shades darker than your skintone.

    Thank you for this post! It’s the only DIY eyeshadow primer recipe where I actually have these ingredients on hand since I am not big on buying a wide variety of beauty products that I’ll never actually use because I’m lazy and if my make-up routine lasts more than five minutes it’s not gonna happen.

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