The Weirdest Things You Can Use as Primer If You Really Want To

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Desperate times call for desperate measures, especially when a mattified T-zone and a smooth canvas for our makeup hang in the balance. So if we're sans primer, we'll do what we've got to do to keep oiliness at matter how unorthodox things need to get. According to the internet, households are treasure troves for quasi primers. So if you're in a pinch, here are few things you can use to tackle shine.

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1 Deodorant

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.

2 Laxatives

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.

3 Vagisil

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.

4 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.

5 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.

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