Why Aloe Vera Gel should be used as a Primer

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More often than not, the primers don’t work if the foundation underneath is not good enough quality or the formula does not seem to effectively blend in with the primer. Aloe Vera Gel as a foundation primer is yet another discovery by the makeup community, loved and adopted by many.

The deal with foundation primers is that we want it to minimize pores. And stop the oils from oozing through the layers of makeup and minimizing the appearance of pores. There are lots of primers that do JUST that.

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I am a huge believer in “Keeping it Simple”. And as much as the makeup community has grown in the past years, I continue with my quest to find simple solutions to make make-up easy and wearable everyday.

I, of all people, am a grease ball. So, I am going to speak of Aloe Vera Gel for all skin types, but keeping in mind oily skin above all.

Primers for oily skin mostly contain silicone to fill and minimize pores and give that Airbrushed look. They also create a smooth surface for foundations to glide on smoothly and seamless blending. Aloe Vera Gel has a similar, if not the exact same finish.

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Pore-minimizing and filling properties

The clear, gel-like consistency minimizes pore appearance and gives foundation application a clear canvas to work with.

Tacky enough to hold foundation in place

Another great thing about Aloe Vera Gel as a primer is that it gets tacky after a few seconds. Whatever foundation you throw on top, stays for a good whole day. You get this tight feeling on the skin which ensures longevity. Moreover, Aloe Vera Gel is believed to moisturize the skin which is yet another benefit to maintaining good skin while you layer on makeup every other day.

Fights Acne and Inflammation

Aloe Vera Gel is also known to soothe irritated skin and cure acne so much so, that it prevents recurring breakouts if used regularly. Its absorbance into the skin makes it even more effective. So not only you get a non-comedogenic, light-weight, gel-based primer in the shape of Aloe Vera Gel. You are also benefiting from its anti-inflammatory properties, which will cease-and-desist the whole break-out situation. Blessing in disguise!

How to Use

  • Take the tiniest bit of Aloe Vera Gel and spread it all over your face to create a smooth surface for the foundation
  • Skip the T-Zone if it gets oily throughout the day
  • If you do decide to apply Aloe Vera Gel onto oily areas, make sure you set it with a translucent loose powder, so that it stays in place.
  • My Verdict

    At the end of the day,

    • The makeup does not break apart
    • The foundation does not seem patchy
    • The oils do not peek through- This works best on people with normal to dry skin. Oily skin….. Not so much.
    • The powder products seem to be intact!
    • It does get oily if:
    • Used in humid weather conditions
    • Used too much
    • Not set with powder.

    Well, it’s not too bad for a product that does not even CLAIM to be a primer, costs peanuts, and has a lot of other skin benefits to offer. Right?

    **It may not work as well with BB/CC creams or tinted moisturizers. Nonetheless, I would love to try and let you know.

    2 thoughts on “Why Aloe Vera Gel should be used as a Primer

    1. I have a tube of aloe vera gell now, I wanted to make a blush gel with a nice powder I have. I like blush as a gel more. Do you think it will be a good idea?

      1. I don’t think it’s a good idea Marja. Because Aloe Vera Gel has a very tacky and shiny finish to it. If you make a blush gel with Aloe Vera.. it would just sit on top without blending in. If you want to make a blush gel, try using a face moisturizer like The body shop Vitamin E Gel moisture cream. Or any other face cream in gel form you generally use.

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