Do you use makeup primer? You know, the stuff that you put on after your moisturizer, but before all the other crap that’s supposed to make you look young. A few years ago, I noticed that when I would on my concealer, I started showing wrinkles under around my eyes. THE. HORROR. The point of concealer is to make me look refreshed after my boy child wakes me up in the middle of the night. It is NOT supposed to accentuate those fine lines that nobody wants to see.
I don’t remember who I talked to about it at the time. I was quite sleep deprived, so it could have been the dog. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the dog, because whomever it was told me I needed to use makeup primer. And my dog slept a lot, negating any help looking refreshed. Whomever the human was who told me about primer swore it would change my life and get rid of that nasty look of my mineral powders mixing with my concealer and settling into those fine lines. So off I went to the mall to pick up some, post haste.
And you know what? It worked beautifully! It was like a magic face lift AND my makeup stayed on all day. That was a bonus. But then, I ran out. I bought another brand, but wasn’t crazy about it. And then my boy child started sleeping again and I didn’t seem to need it as much. So to cut expenses, I stopped buying it.
Fast forward a few years and I turned 40. Guess what that means? Sleep is no longer a factor. I just have wrinkles. I needed the primer again. I, of course, realized this the night before my sweet husband and I were whisking away for a weekend trip to Chicago, SANS CHILDREN. I wanted to look my best for that man of mine, but I certainly didn’t have time to go to the store. So I did what I normally do, I looked on Pinterest for a recipe to make my own. If I could find one that was all natural, even better.
The more I looked at recipes, the more I saw one common ingredient – aloe vera gel. None of the other ingredients were even remotely similar, which led me to believe the active ingredient was really the aloe. Well, I just happened to have about three gallons of the stuff on-hand (if you taught as many demo classes as I do for natural products, you’d have that much, too).
So on my way out the door to Chicago, I put a fingertip of the gel on my face and spread it all over. THAT’S ALL. Just a fingertip worth. I spread it over and around my eyes, on my forehead, and everywhere else, let it dry, and then added concealer and mineral powders. It completely did the trick! Let me just tell you, this is so, so, SO inexpensive and completely natural. What more do you want? I’m pretty excited, so I thought I’d share the secret with you. It’s not often you find a one-ingredient-wonder. Now, go forth and be wrinkle free, or at least look it. I’ll give you some more recipes later for what you should do with the rest of that aloe vera gel.