How to Make an Eye Shadow Primer!

by Susan Barclay Nichols

It only takes a few ingredients, and you'll be done in way less than an hour!


  • 20 Grams Beeswax
  • 25 Grams Mango butter
  • 40 Oil - preferably dry and light feeling
  • 15 Oil soluble titanium dioxide or zinc oxide
  • 8 Lip balm tubes (at least)
  • Double boiler
  • Heat proof jug
  • Digital scale
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Yeah, I know this isn't the prettiest picture you'll see all day, but I wanted to give you an idea of what the product looks like before you start!

    Step 2

    The point of a primer is to give you a blank canvas upon which you can apply your eye shadow. This modified lotion bar contains titanium dioxide to give you a dry feeling and white base.

    Step 3

    You can see the sheen of white on the back of my hand. That's the titanium dioxide. It creates a white, slightly sticky canvas for your eye cosmetics.

    Step 4

    You need four ingredients. Beeswax to stiffen the bar, a dry feeling oil, mango or cocoa butter, and oil soluble titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

    Step 5

    The titanium dioxide or zinc oxide is the key part of this primer. Without it, you have a very nice lotion bar, but it isn't a primer! The white from these ingredients is essential!

    Step 6

    There are so many oils you could choose, but we want something that doesn't feel oily or heavy. I love fractionated coconut oil for this type of product as it is very light and non-greasy feeling.

    Step 7

    Hazelnut or macadamia nut oils are good choices as they are light, dry feeling oils with shelf lives of up to a year. Grapeseed oil is also light and dry, but the shelf life is only 3 months!

    Step 8

    I'm using mango butter because it will help stiffen the primer without making it greasy. You could use cocoa butter, but shea butter will be way too greasy!

    Step 9

    Although coconut oil is 12 kinds of awesome, it won't work in a primer because it's too greasy and melts at room temperature. The last thing you want is melted primer in your purse or makeup bag!

    Step 10

    If you want to learn more about lotion bars, please consult my SnapGuide on the topic or visit my blog, Point of Interest, for explanations for each ingredient.

    Step 11

    Consider modifying this recipe to make 50 grams by cutting it in half. You really don't need to make 12 to 20 primers this first time! And you must make this recipe by weight, not volume.

    Step 12

    Weigh out all the ingredients except the titanium dioxide into a heatproof container.

    Step 13

    Heat until very well melted. In fact, hold it at least 10 minutes after it has completely melted. We want it to be really hot when we remove it from the heat.

    Step 14

    While you wait for the melting, weigh out the oil soluble titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. It must be oil soluble or it won't mix into the melted oils and butter properly.

    Step 15

    Open your lip balm tubes and twist them to the bottom. Always have more than you need because you'll always make more than you think! My tubes hold 4.5 ml or less than 1 tsp, so 100 grams makes a lot!

    Step 16

    Add the titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and stir really well. The powder wants to sink to the bottom of the jug, so you'll have to stir it quite a but as you pour it into the lip balm tubes.

    Step 17

    Place the tubes somewhere you can leave them for at least an hour. You will make a mess, so put them in an easy to clean space. Pour carefully, and you might get a nice bubble on the top.

    Step 18

    Mine have this hole because I poured it too hot. But it has to be hot to be thin enough to make it into the container! Top it off once it has cooled a bit with more...but I really wouldn't worry!

    Step 19

    I like to put mine in the fridge once they are solid enough to move, but it isn't essential. Don't twist them up for at least a few hours after hardening.

    Step 20

    You will get primer on the sides of the tubes. Just wipe it off, then spray with rubbing alcohol before you put a sticker on the side telling the world this is your awesome primer!

    Step 21

    I tend to call everything Hodor! these days, but I definitely suggest creating a lovely label with a name that means something to you on every product you make. Isn't that the point of DIY?

    Step 22

    When I say these projects take 20 minutes, I mean it! It might take longer to clean the tube and make a label, but it really is quite easy to make your own bath & body products!

    Step 23

    Don't worry if you have oily skin - this primer is suitable for all skin types! If you want to learn more, check out my other SnapGuides or my blog for some ideas on how to modify this recipe!

    Step 24

    Want to learn more about making bath & body products? Visit my blog, Point of Interest, to see the over 2,000 posts I've written, including loads of recipes at