How to Use Aloe Vera Gel as a More Natural Makeup Primer


How to Use Aloe Vera Gel as a Makeup PrimerUsing a makeup primer on your skin helps create a smooth surface for easier makeup application, but most makeup primers are either very expensive or loaded with chemicals. This is why I switched to using aloe vera gel as a makeup primer instead. It works just as well as most store-bought makeup primers and contains fewer chemicals that could possibly be bad for my skin or toxic to my body. It also work as a fantastic barrier against outside elements, such as pollution, which means healthier skin.

Not only does aloe vera gel fill in the small wrinkles and pores in your skin to create a much smoother surface for makeup application, I've found it is also very affective in controlling oily skin and shine. As a result, makeup looks a lot more even and lasts longer throughout the day. Aloe vera also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and those characteristics combined with its ability to control sebum production makes it a great primer for those with oily or acne-prone skin.

To use aloe vera gel as a primer, simply spread a thin layer over your face as you would a regular makeup primer. I find a few large drops is enough. Wait a minute for the aloe to dry before applying your makeup. It may feel a little tacky on your skin, but makeup still goes on pretty smoothly.



Of course, unless you're using aloe vera squeezed directly from the plant, most aloe vera gels are not completely chemical-free, and will contain a few preservatives to keep it from going rancid too quickly. In this case, do some research and try to find a brand that has as few extra additives as possible, or at least chemicals that aren't known to cause irritation or other adverse side effects.

My aloe vera gel of choice is Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel, 24 oz (680 g), which does contain a few preservatives, but nothing unnecessary such as added fragrance or coloring.

31 comments:

  1. Interesting information... I didn't know that Aloe can be used as a primer... Great info...

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    1. Using aloe as primer is a bit light for some people's taste. But I personally prefer it because I tend to feel like most commercial primers suffocate my skin. Try it out and maybe you'll find it suits you too!

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  2. is it okay for dry skin as well??? my skin isn't super dry like with flaky skin and all but its dry...so is the aloe gel going to work for me as well??

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    1. I don't see why not. Natural aloe vera gel is typically used to soothe and moisturize the skin, so it should probably be just fine for dry skin. However, if you're buying commercial bottled aloe vera gel (and not gel directly from the plant), make sure to check the ingredients for any fragrances or preservatives that may irritate your skin.

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    2. if i use the gel directly from the plant then is that going to be okay???wont that be too sticky as a primer?

      thank you so much for answering :)

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    3. Using aloe gel directly from the plant can be rather sticky (and smelly!), so I would suggest only spreading an extremely thin layer across your skin and allowing it to dry before applying makeup. I wasn't used to the stickiness of the aloe at first either, but got used to it pretty quickly. I also found that it really helped my eye makeup stay in place!

      If you find that this is still too tacky to be used with your makeup, try purchasing a bottle of aloe vera that is as close to 100% pure as possible. Manufacturers generally process the gel to remove any odors and dilute it a bit so that it can be applied more smoothly without any stickiness. Just remember to check the label and purchase from a brand you trust.

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  3. Rub the raw aloe on face while it is wet or spray toner then apply aloe ad well, so that the aloe will blend better.

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  4. I'very been using this for years with my bare minerals makeup.

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  5. I am subscribing to your blog based on this post. I actually use Aloe Vera gel for this exact purpose and use this brand as well. (been using it for years). I have acne and very oily skin and it works for me. It really fills in the imperfections. You can use as much or little as you like, and as the blog states there's not much in the ingredients. I was forced recently to use a generic aloe vera gel that made my eyes burn. Fruit of the Earth never does that and it works great. I have a few acne scars (not a lot but enough to notice), and this gel fills them all in. Then I put my make up on top of it. If you can't find it in the store, you can go to amazon.com and purchase Fruit of the Earth brand right from the manufacturer. I bought a 24 ounce pump bottle for 10 bucks! (if you are a Prime member of amazon, you get FREE shipping on this product as well).

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    1. Glad you're finding as much use out of aloe vera gel as I am!

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  6. As soon as I hear of this, I tried it. It is awesome! Makes my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. It really fills in pores and lines. Never buying primer again!

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  7. Hi! How is the staying power of foundation based on using the aloe as base? Does it pass as sweat resistance? (I stay in Singapore and the weather's always sweltering :-( )

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    1. Unfortunately, aloe isn't going to do much against sweat (I too live in a hot Asian country! And I have an oily complexion.). However, what does help me is using cornstarch as setting powder for my makeup. You can read more about it here: http://www.salubriousexclamation.com/2012/04/use-corn-starch-as-face-powder.html

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  8. Been using aloe gel on my face for a while as a primer, came here to see if anyone else did too! I use the fruit of the earth 100% aloe versa gel.

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  9. Were do i find it?

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  10. i use aloe vera gel for my dark spots then i put sunscreen over it every morning. Should I reapply the aloe vera gel OVER my sunscreen or leave it as is?

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    1. I personally would put sunscreen on FIRST before applying aloe vera.

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  11. when using the aloe gel as a primer do you need to apply moisturizer first?

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    1. Aloe gel is already a moisturizer, but if you think you need an extra boost I'd say apply moisturizer first, wait at least 10 minutes to allow your skin to absorb it, then apply the aloe gel.

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  12. I swear by aloe Vera and use it for so many things - it's even cleared up my scalp psoriasis! I buy forever living aloe gel (100%) and also the aloe moisturiser which I prefer to use as a primer as it's not as sticky. I have an oily Tzone, but dry temples, and the moisturiser is perfect. Non greasy and absorbs quickly!

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  13. So i glad I found this! Will try it out for a month!

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  14. I did try this a while ago (more in summer) but felt that it put a sealant on my face and my skin couldn't breathe. Do you find that at all? I'm generally one to buy just normal primersbut do have a hesitation with all the chemicals that are contained in them. Still looking for a natural alternative but the Aloe Vera just feels heavy for me :(

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  15. Wow! Very interesting. I will try this out because I have extremely oily skin, prone to break-outs (even though I am 38yo) & acne scars! Luckily, my Walmart up the street sells "Fruit of the Earth" 100% Aloe:)

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  16. Can I use vicco turmeric cream after appaliying alovera gel????

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    1. The idea is to use the aloe gel as a primer for your makeup, so in my opinion probably put on the turmeric cream first, let it absorb, then apply aloe and put on makeup.

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  17. This is interesting. I have been looking for a more natural make up primer that will work well with my foundation.I have acidic skin so that's kind of a problem.

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  18. I have very bad acne scars and hyperpigmentation on my face so I decided to put aloe vera over night to try help with that problem and I woke up the next day with absolutely no oil on my face which was a different result compared to nights without anything put on my face. I decided to try it as a primer and so far it's gotten me a good 7 hours without any oils coming through! Miracle product!!

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