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BN Beauty: 5 of the Weirdest Things You Can Use as a Primer… If You REALLY Want To

Eki Ogunbor




Sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures, especially when there’s a dire need for a mattified T-zone and a smooth canvas for our makeup to stay in place. So fie you ever find yourself sans primer, you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do to keep the oils under control… No matter how weird things are.

According to the internet and these YouTubers, households are treasure troves for primer substitues. So if you’re in a pinch, here are few things you can use to tackle shine.


Believe it or not…this isn’t just a hack for when you’re in a bind. Celebrity makeup artists use fragrance-free antiperspirants on their clients so that their makeup remains in tact on the red carpet.


In addition to assisting with, um, bathroom stuff, this fluid white elixir is really great for oily skin as it sops up excess grease, controls shine, and tightens pores.


Vagisil’s primary function may be treating yeast infections, but it contains dimethicone, an ingredient often found in primers to fill in uneven texture and fine lines for an ultra-smooth finish.

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm

You better make sure your man is stocking up on this particular after-shave balm—it’s an internet beauty forum favorite thanks to its high concentration of glycerine, which is a great moisturizer and creates a nice base for makeup thanks to its tacky texture.

Chafing Gel

Monistat’s chafing gel also contains dimethicone and is beloved as it’s cheap, easy to apply, and softens skin while mattifying with a powder finish.

Source: Marie Claire

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving


  1. Lol

    December 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I can swear by the Nivea men after shave

    • Nnomsie

      December 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

      I tried this but didn’t work or is there a special way to apply it. I actually swear by Milk of Magnesia. Works perfectly well and keeps my face matte all day

  2. Enny Hear Heart

    December 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I did not know this at all. Thank you.
    Someone told me to use hairspray once, it was a disaster. So don’t use hairspray!

  3. Blueberry

    December 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Vagisil of all things sha! Wandaful! smh

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