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Huda Kattan could use any beauty product she wanted in the world, but the Queen of makeup hacks still swears by things you can easily find at the drugstore - and I’m not only referring to things found in the beauty aisle.
In a video recently posted on her YouTube channel, Huda (because she’s always experimenting) tries out three different primer replacements: lube (KY jelly), a laxative (milk of magnesia), and Vagisil (!!). I know it sounds insane to rub Vagisil cream all over your face, but Huda told Cosmopolitan.com that based on the similar ingredients they share, like glycerin and dimethicone, and the smooth consistencies they have in common, she thought a few could act as dupes for her makeup’s base. And she was right.
That said, as you can imagine, some of the below items worked better than others. Read on - and watch the video - to find out which ones actually work double-duty. Prepare to have your mind blown.
Huda started out by saying that the KY jelly felt very similar to a silicone-based primer (due to the glycerin it contained), and that it was hydrating at first, but then as soon as she applied her makeup on top, the product started to pill and roll off. As you know, this pretty much defeats the purpose of a primer, so, as far as she’s concerned, you’ll want to pass on the lube.
Milk of Magnesia (laxative)
Huda said this chalky substance felt a little too dry for her already dry skin. But, for that very same reason, she noted that Milk of Magnesia could be a good option for controlling shine in areas like the T-zone and nasolabial folds (smile lines) - two spots she told Cosmopolitan.com that she applies it to to this day. Basically, she’s into the laxative as a primer substitute on oilier areas.
Last but not least, she tried Vagisil, a vaginal anti-itch cream, as a primer. One of the ingredients in Vagisil is dimethicone, a silicone-based polymer used for conditioning and protecting the skin, so it makes sense as to why she’d want to try it to prime her skin. This one actually ended up being Huda’s favorite option of the three and told Cosmopolitan.com that she still prefers to use it on the cheek area. Again, another winning dupe.
So, to recap: skip the lube as a primer; if you have oily skin, use milk of magnesia on your T-zone; and try Vagisil on your cheeks if they’re on the drier side. Of course these are all light suggestions, especially if you’re experimental like Huda (or if don’t have a primer you already love), but I’m just surprised that two out of three options actually worked! Who would’ve thought, man? Huda, that’s who.
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