Alternatives to makeup primer

Updated April 17, 2017

Make-up primer is a great prep product before applying make-up. Primer uses ingredients such as silicone to create a smooth surface for make-up to glide onto. This wonder product can be quite costly, though, so alternatives to make-up primer are very welcomed by budget beauty aficionados.

Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel

The Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel is said to have similar ingredients as Smashbox Photo Finish, a top make-up primer product. Use the Monistat Chafing Gel just as you would a make-up primer. Smashbox Photo Finish claims to reduce the appearance of pores, smooth fine lines, fill imperfections and create a clean canvas for make-up. Users of the Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel say that it does the same. Websites, including, are singing the praises of this alternative to make-up primer.

Dermalogica Barrier Repair

Dermalogica Barrier Repair can be used as an alternative to make-up primer as well. You can use Barrier Repair as a waterless moisturiser as well as a make-up primer. A popular ingredient in make-up primers, silicone, is also in the Dermalogica Barrier Repair. Use the Barrier Repair on a clean, dry face before applying make-up.

Liquid foundation

Liquid foundation can help to prep your face for make-up, hide imperfections and conceal fine lines. In this sense, liquid foundation can be an alternative to make-up primer. Make-up primer helps to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, skin imperfections and more, which liquid foundation can do as well. Use liquid foundation after moisturiser and then apply the rest of your make-up.

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