Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Antishine primer prep for foundation/eyeshadow

Sorry I haven't posted in FOREVER - between work, upcoming finals, and submitting all the necessary documents for NURSING SCHOOL (yes, i got in ^__^) I've had very little time!!

HOWEVER i have discovered THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER. Many of you know how much I love Smashbox's "Anti-shine" - sort of a primer used on your t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) which when dried, somewhat tightens on your face sucking any oils or moisture out so that it's a perfect canvas for foundation, preventing it from sliding off:

Despite never having a problem with oily skin, I use this stuff religiously as it really makes your foundation stick. However, at $27 for just an OUNCE of the stuff - it's pretty expensive.

I've found an alternative - one that'll cost you $3 for a whopping 26 ounces of pretty much the same stuff (if you get the Walmart equate brand, which is identical in ingredients with just a new label slapped on):

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You heard right - Milk of Magnesia, found in the laxative section!! I read somewhere that models use this stuff to prep their faces for foundation AND eyeshadow. Just apply some to a damp face, leave on for 2 minutes, and wash off the excess!  This also has an advantage the Smashbox Antishine doesn't - it draws out impurities in the skin. At only $3 for the whole bottle, I had to try the stuff and it left my skin with the tightness the Antishine gave me for a fraction of the price!! I'll do both the Milk of Magnesia AND the Antishine (followed with foundation, and then powder) if I'm going to a big party or wedding or something for ultimate staying power. But this stuff is definitely powerful enough on its own!
Do you have any tricks to make your makeup last? Know of any bathroom items that can be substituted for the expensive stuff?

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