you use what as a face primer - Lavender Mint Graphics

Tip Tuesday – You use what for a face primer?!

Find out what I use as an inexpensive face primer! - Lavender Mint Graphics

Welcome to this week’s Tip Tuesday!

Several years ago, I joined a community devoted on how to deal with naturally curly hair. That may be material for many future tips on how to deal with those curls and waves. Anyway, one of the sections was on, of course, makeup! I have an issue with oily skin and even though I’m getting older, it’s still oily even though I have dry patches here and there. I’m lucky if makeup stays put a couple of hours after putting it on.

I’d tried to use face primers in the past, some of them pretty pricey! I use moisturizer beforehand, but still wanted a primer to keep the makeup (mostly the mineral type) from going straight into my pores. So, as I was wandering through the makeup section, I saw a thread on primers. There was talk of all the usual primers, some of which I’d tried, most of which I had not simply because of the price. Imagine my surprise when I saw what one young gal suggested using, which was chafing gel. Like in Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel. Yeah, the people who make yeast infection products.

**Disclaimer – I am not being compensated in any way by Monistat.**

Now, being that I was on a forum where people used aloe vera gel as hair gel (yes, the stuff you use for sunburn relief), it wasn’t all that surprising really. There’s some interesting uses for everyday things on that board. This gal said the stuff goes on smooth and worked as well as any pricier face primer she’d tried. So, on our next trip to Walmart, I picked up the stuff. And I have to say – it worked very well! It works better certain times of the year for me, but I’m sure that’s something to do with the weather as my skin isn’t as oily in the winter.

Last summer, I decided to give a trial sample of Smashbox face primer a try. It was pricey, but I thought maybe it’d be even better than the gel. I used that trial primer until I couldn’t squeeze any more out of it (did I mention it was pricey?), but let me tell you – I couldn’t tell a difference between that and the chafing gel. So, I’m still using that chafing gel and recommend it to anyone who mentions looking for a face primer.

The link above is only so you can see what it looks like, but I find at any Walmart, it’s about $6 a tube, and lasts for quite awhile. So, if you need an inexpensive primer, go check out the feminine products section! lol

If you have any makeup tips to share, feel free to share them below in the comments. Don’t forget to use the “share” buttons below to … share! 😀

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  1. Thanks! I recently started trying out different things like Elf’s new face primers and they work great. I don’t work for them or anything like that. But they have really good prices too! Seems like my face has become more tempermental in my mid 40’s. Thought it would be an easier task by now but still have to worry about break outs and problem skin. Do you have any tips on handling breakouts? Thanks!

    1. Hi Monica! I use some Elf products as well (mostly makeup) but haven’t tried their primer. They have amazing prices!! I was still having breakouts in my 40’s, too, and I’m thinking it’s mainly a hormonal thing. I’m post-menopausal and don’t really have any issues any longer, but there is one thing I’ve noticed that has even kept the stray single “breakout” from happening. AND it’s even helped with the redness from those little spider veins that I have. For me, cutting out the carbs, sugar, and processed foods has seemed to help – a lot! I do intermittent fasting as well (cutting the carbs makes it so much easier!) and that seems to help, too. Losing weight, even though it’s at a snail’s pace, is a boon, too!! The older I get and do research, the more I learn that what we eat has SO much to do with how we feel AND look. That’s the best tip I can offer as that seems to work very well for me. So glad you stopped by 🙂

      1. Thank you. That makes perfect sense! I am stuck on sweets but slowly giving most of it up. Soda has become more of a luxury now that I have a 2 year old. So I’m trying teach by example! And weight is always a concern but it all falls into place, eating right and drinking more water really does do the trick! Thanks for your advice.

        1. Oh girrrrrrl! I’m such a sweets lover. Like forget the turkey and pass me the pecan pie! That’s awesome to teach by example as we are they’re biggest role models. Keep up the good work on cutting out the sweets – it can be done!

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