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CRAZY BUT CLEVER MAKEUP SUBSTITUTES

We all know that makeup can be expensive. The bottles of $40 foundation and $60 eye palettes can add up to burn through your bank account, especially if you like to try out the latest

We all know that makeup can be expensive. The bottles of $40 foundation and $60 eye palettes can add up to burn through your bank account, especially if you like to try out the latest trends. So lots of DIYers, thrifty bloggers, and makeup gurus are turning to cheaper alternatives to get their makeup fix – but do these crazy substitutes actually work?

 

Note – it’s not recommended to use products that aren’t formulated for facial use as makeup substitutes, no matter which celebrity swears by it.

 

SHAVE BALM OR LAXATIVES AS PRIMER

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Primer has only really become a makeup-bag necessity in the past few years, meaning many people still don’t want to spend the money on this seemingly surplus product. Primer is designed to create a smooth base for your foundation, making it last longer and reducing cakiness. Lots of members of Reddit forum r/makeupaddiction swear by the drugstore product Nivea For Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm as a cheap and effective primer replacement. But  Kylie Jenner, who recently showed off her makeup routine on snapchat, uses something even stranger! Her favourite makeup artist, Hrush Achemyan loves to use Milk of Magnesia – a liquid laxative – on her celebrity clients. You can purchase it from CVS if you’re willing to take the risk, but the Post-Shave Balm may be a safer (and a less gross) bet.

 

VASELINE AS BROW GEL

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Ever since stars like @caradelevingne and @lilyjcollins have made big brows huge again, we have all been in search of the perfect brow product. Lines like Glossier and their Boy Brow, and Anastasia Beverly Hills with their Dipbrow, are great ways to fake a bold brow. But if you already have thick eyebrows and simply need to tame them, and don’t want to spend much money, Vaseline is your secret weapon. Use a clean mascara wand (you can get testers on beauty counters if you ask nicely!) and brush a tiny amount of Vaseline through the hairs for a sleek, groomed appearance.

 

LIPSTICK AS BLUSH…AND VICE VERSA!

This isn’t a crazy substitution, but it is a very clever way to use one product in two ways! A pretty lipstick can be dabbed onto the cheekbones and blended like a cream blush, and if you have an old blush that you don’t get much use out of, using it as a tinted lip stain and topping it with gloss is a smart and thrifty move.

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Cassie Doney is a writer based in the UK, too bad her accent can't be heard through her writing but we promise you, it's there and we love it. She loves to write and speaks her mind.

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