The beauty tricks we are going to share are somewhat unusual because they, for example, require applying stuff that are not supposed to be on your face (eyedrops? Deodorant?). But hey, if it works, saves our time, and adds value to our beauty and skincare products, why not?
1. We may have a double-chin laughter emoticon [note: it looks like this =)))], but to have a double-chin in real life? Who wants that? Well, you can’t fight gravity and age, so it’s often inevitable. But when you’re preparing yourself for a big event and desperate to reduce a bit of that chin puffiness for a few hours, try caffeine-rich cellulite creams. Caffeine acts as a diuretic and sucks the water right out of the puffy zone. Apply the cream on your jawline, and enjoy having your chin de-puff noticeably for 3-4 hours.
2. I hate sweating during special occasions, but what’s more annoying is when I sweat on the face. Really, it just ruins everything, from my mood to my makeup. So how do you keep your face sweat-free? Well, how do you keep your armpits sweat-free? Yes, with antiperspirant deodorant. Before applying makeup, use a foundation brush to apply thin layers of clear, unscented deodorant on your face parts with the most sweat glands—upper lip and hairline. Thanks to the antiperspirant ingredient, deodorant base will keep your face shine-free.
3. The key of avoiding cakey makeup is, of course, by not having so many layers of foundations, concealers, and powder. But when we have broken capillaries, red acne, or just an all-over uneven redness on your face, we are always tempted to pile on foundation. The quick solution is by applying nasal spray or eye drops such as Visine. Nasal sprays and eyedrops are vasoconstrictors, which work like a topical steroid to reduce redness. Since it also shrinks blood vessels, products of this type helps reduce puffiness and undereye circles as well. With no redness on your face, there’s no need to pile up those concealer!
4. A lot of us spray water to our face after getting our makeup done. It’s a simple but essential final touch-up to achieve that dewy look. But if your skin is very dry, or if you live in a dry area, try this Hollywood celebs’ favorite trick: after applying all of your makeup, take a 10-minute hot bath or shower. Of course, don’t get your neck and face wet!
The steam from the hot water sets makeup, and the moisture will make skin look plump, fresh, and dewy. It takes away the powdery look of powders, giving your skin a glow. Not the most practical way, but if it’s a celebs’ favorite, there’s gotta be some truth in it.
5. This is an old trick that many FD-ers already experts in: using non-primers as primers!
The first favorite brand is Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. No, this is not that Monistat product for yeast infections. The Soothing Care line is a body care line that produces moisturizers, itch relief, body powder, and the like. Although it’s not a primer, the Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel contains Dimethicone (which is similar to silicone) as the active ingredient. It also contains Vitamin E and aloe, and it’s fragrance-free and formulated to let skin ‘breathe’.
The verdict? The gel goes on evenly, non-greasy, smooths pores, and works well with everything from tinted moisturizers to regular foundations. But the biggest bonus is, it’s cheaper that the usual branded primer. Score!
To check out more what the FD-ers have to say about Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel, check out this thread.
Another alternative primer is La Roche Posay Cicaplast. This product is actually formulated to help reconstruct skin’s texture, which makes it a favorite for post-surgery patients. On the flipside, it’s great for those whose looking for a primer that double-functions as a skin texture enhance.
Okay, so the product stimulates new cells and it’s also anti-bacterial. But how does it act as a primer? Surprisingly good. Although it has silicones in it, the consistency is lighter and creamier than most other primers. However, as it has no oil control, it works better on dry and normal skin. So if you’re looking for a primer substitute that is designed towards skin care and not makeup, this is for you. The fact that it acts like a foundation primer is a bonus!
[Remember: some of above products were not developed for use on facial skin, so they may cause reactions. Test it on a small patch of your skin first before you start fully applying].