DIY 2-Ingredient Luminizing Primer

This might just be the easiest way to get the glowy skin of your dreams using what’s probably already in your collection… here’s a super easy DIY 2-ingredient luminizing primer that’s bound to get you a pass into Mount Olympus.

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We’re taking a break from all my decluttering/KonMari rambles to do a quick DIY that I’m realizing might just be more of a tip here, but please humor me because my brain is a lot more disorganized than my drawers are rn (shout out to Marie Kondo).

Imma start with some backstory because why not: I’ve decided that I want my ~aesthethic~ for the rest of the year to be glowy, fresh skin and that the way I want to achieve this is to not start eating better and drinking more water, which is what I should be doing, but to use some kind of luminizing (or illuminating, if you will) primer/base-type product that I can wear on bare skin by itself since I’m not about that foundation life.


I already have a pretty comprehensive skin regimen at this point, so I’m really looking for that instant gratification.

When I think of illuminating primers, what immediately comes to mind is the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter, but that ish is $38 and although I’m extra, I’m still extra on a budget.  I looked into some other more budget-friendly drugstore options and found there’s a Wet n Wild Photo Focus Dewy Face Primer ($4.99) and an Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Primer for around the same price, and since I knew my local OVS carried both of these brands (shout out to the crew who has read my post about Italian drugstore makeup because I talked alllll about OVS in that post), I made my merry little way to the center of town.


Two things happened on this little shopping trip: first, the girl at the checkout counter wasn’t really paying attention when she was picking up my items and picked up my phone and tried to scan it before saying “there’s no price tag on this” to which I so eloquently replied, “it’s my iPhone,” and second, although my OVS carries these brands, they didn’t carry the products I was on a hunt for.  Actually, these two things happened in a reverse order to which I just reported them in, but yeah.  I’m still shook about the iPhone thing.

My other alternative was this L’Oreal Infaillable Primer (which I think is just the Italian version of the Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer), but L’Oreal is HELLA expensive in Italy and it was like €15.99, which is around $19.70 with the conversion, which is NOT CHEAP, OK? I decided to just walk away.


Also I know I keep going off track here, but I had a Berenstein/Berenstain Mandela effect moment here because I could have sworn it was spelled “infallible” instead of “infa(i)llable,” but then I looked it up and realized it’s spelled differently in Italy than in the USA.  Glad I’m not crazy.  At least about this.

Sooo I returned back to my apartment with my usual ball of mozzarella and baguette because your girl is very lazy when it comes to lunch (I bite into balls of mozzarellas like apples way more often than a girl with lactose intolerance should) and was back to square one.  Until… an epiphany.

I’ve had these Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter drops in Liquid Champagne for few weeks, which were €5.99 at OVS.

They’ve been sitting on my desk and I’ve really been meaning to use them, but again, I’m just so laaazy sometimes, so I thought to myself, “hey, maybe I can mix these in with some moisturizer!” Lo and behold – DIY 2-ingredient illuminating primer.


Basically, I just took these highlighter drops and mixed them in with my Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer and then slapped the mixture onto my face.

If you want me to be more specific, I squeezed some moisturizer out – I probably squeezed out way too much honestly… you only really need just enough to cover your face, so I would say to use a little less than your normal moisturizer amount.  I then took one drop of the Liquid Champagne highlighter, put it in the middle, and swirled it around to create honestly the prettiest little cinnamon-roll-esque thing I’ve ever seen.  I kinda wanted to eat it, but I didn’t.

DIY Luminizing Drops

It was hard to capture on camera, but once this was all mixed together and blended into my skin, it created a really nice glow that wasn’t too in-your-face. The great thing about this, other than the fact that I didn’t have to buy a separate product, is that it’s completely customizable. I wanted it to be more on the subtle side since this was going directly on my bare skin and wasn’t going to be under any foundation – if you’re going to wear foundation, you might want to pump up the intensity by adding more drops or using less moisturizer (or a combo of the two), but one of the good things about this is that it’s all custom!  If I want to be a glowing goddess one day and more of a subdued queen the next, I can do that.

Basically, you can use whatever you have on hand – I think I’m even going to try mixing these drops with one of my face oils one of these days and see how that turns out.  Mixing these highlighting drops with a moisturizer also ensures that my skin’s getting the hydration it needs and my moisturizer has an SPF and I’d be doing this step anyway, so really, is anybody losing here?

This might not be a traditional “primer” per say, but if you look at the ingredients list for the L’Oreal Lumi primer (left) and the Simple moisturizer (right), water and glycerin are pretty high up there on both lists, meaning those have the highest concentrations in the product.  Additionally, they both contain a dimethicone, which is commonly used in primers to provide a smooth application.  Now I’m no scientist and I know there are a bunch of other ingredients in both that aren’t common to each other, but I feel like they’re not too far off.  Granted, there are a bazillion different primers out there with different ingredients due to their various “functions” and it’s all down to personal taste and preference, but this frankenproduct works for me just fine, dammit!

So yeah, I kind of see how this is more of a tip than an actual DIY seeing that it’s literally so easy that it’s basically a DIY cop-out (all the real DIY-ers on Pinterest are probably shaking with rage rn because they can sense a fake DIY in creation), but it satisfied a need that I had, so there!

Now that I’ve gone on my usual tangents, I think it’s safe to say this post is over.  I’m proud of myself for doing literally the bare minimum in terms of MacGyver-ing and not spending additional money on a primer since I had everything I needed right here in front of me – isn’t that beautiful?


One more time – So. Satisfying.



  • BECCA Backlight Priming Filter // $38.00
  • Wet n Wild Photo Focus Dewy Face Primer // $4.99
  • Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Primer // $5.99
  • L’Oreal Infaillable Illuminating Primer // €15.99
  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer // $12.95
  • Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter (Liquid Champagne) // $9.00
  • Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15 // $10.99

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*Disclaimer: I purchased all above products with my own money and am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the brands mentioned (I wish!).  As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own (unless stated otherwise)!



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