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Home-made Primer

post #1 of 43
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Evening everyone

I hope this question doesnt make me appear cheap, but is it possible to make a home made primer at all?Also can anyone tell me exactly what its purpose is?

The reason im asking is although im 23 i have wore minamil make up for the past few years but recently losng weight and getting contact lenses has massivly helped my confidence and im loving wearing make up now!

I only recently heard about primer and everyone seems to rant about these but i noitce how expensive they are and wondered if i can make my own unless someone can recommend one that does cost the earth?

Sorry for the long post

Thanks
post #2 of 43

Re: Home-made Primer

Monistat Chafing Relief Gel. It's what I use, and many people use it and love it. It's $7 or less, and you can find it at any drugstore. There is a sticky dedicated to it, because it is so popular. It's found by the yeast infection creams, even though it isn't for that purpose.

post #3 of 43

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I wonder if we have monistat in oz.

Vicky, the purpose of primer is to smooth and prepare the skin ready for your makeup. It makes it glide on more easily, hides large pores somewhat and helps the makeup to stay looking pristine for much longer
post #4 of 43

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I'm not a fan of most primers because they dont give you enough in the container for your money.

I've used an all-natural lip balm (it wasnt sticky) and it worked just like UDPP. :shrug: I don't really know if it's supposed to. It was one of those super-natural products with just a few ingredients. Forgot where I got it from though.

Sometimes I just moisturize my eye area with a cream and it makes the colors adhere better.
post #5 of 43

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Originally Posted by internetchick View Post
Monistat Chafing Relief Gel. It's what I use, and many people use it and love it. It's $7 or less, and you can find it at any drugstore. There is a sticky dedicated to it, because it is so popular. It's found by the yeast infection creams, even though it isn't for that purpose.

http://pics.drugstore.com/prodimg/139254/300.jpg
That's really interesting! I've never heard of using that as a primer before.

I don't use primer at all so I can't really help. I just put a tiny dab of the same concealer I use under my eyes onto my lid and blend it in and that seems to work fine
post #6 of 43

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Rosie, I don't think we have monistat here, I've certainly never seen it.
post #7 of 43

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I think I have heard of people using rice powder as a primer? I have also heard of people using aloe vera gel, which is something I have done and it works ok.

xxx
post #8 of 43

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Making your own would probably be fun to try. I think that by the time you purchased the special silicon, extracts and or oils along with any other ingredients and found a recipe that works for you, you would have spent more money than purchasing one of the more reasonable priced ones.

I just discovered Matte It from the Body Shop last week, it was $15 for the tube. It is on the low end of the price scale. I only used it on my eyes but it has worked great so far, it is designed for the face also.
post #9 of 43

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Originally Posted by internetchick View Post
Monistat Chafing Relief Gel. It's what I use, and many people use it and love it. It's $7 or less, and you can find it at any drugstore. There is a sticky dedicated to it, because it is so popular. It's found by the yeast infection creams, even though it isn't for that purpose.

http://pics.drugstore.com/prodimg/139254/300.jpg

I use this daily and i love it. Works just as good as high end primers imo.
post #10 of 43

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Avon has a new primer called Magix Face Perfector or something. My mom sells Avon so I bought it off her and I was REALLY impressed with it. The texture of it is almost identical to that of Smashbox Photo Finish (which is one of the most popular primers).... and this Avon one cost $7.99
post #11 of 43

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Originally Posted by internetchick View Post
Monistat Chafing Relief Gel. It's what I use, and many people use it and love it. It's $7 or less, and you can find it at any drugstore. There is a sticky dedicated to it, because it is so popular. It's found by the yeast infection creams, even though it isn't for that purpose.

http://pics.drugstore.com/prodimg/139254/300.jpg

I am definitely going to try the Monistat out. Rite Aid is on my way home. Thanks!
post #12 of 43

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I agree with using Monistat, it's so cheap and works great!
post #13 of 43

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I really need to try Monistat!!! I hear rave reviews.....
post #14 of 43
Thread Starter 

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Thanks guys will take a look at the weekend
post #15 of 43
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Hi guys iv had a look and cant find it in the shops here and can only get it from the States on ebay.
We have an english version here called Lanacane, iv included a link on ebay.would this work at all?
LANACANE ANTI CHAFING GEL 30G on eBay, also, Other OTC Medicine, Over-the-Counter Medicine, Health Beauty (end time 17-Oct-08 13:47:47 BST)
post #16 of 43
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Originally Posted by chococat123 View Post
You can try making your own primer with a glycerin and water mixture. It's inexpensive.
was wondering if you knew of any site that would tell me the amounts of things i need and what to do?

Thanks
post #17 of 43

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glycerin and water you just dip your brush in and then apply to your lids
it doesnt work that well for me.

I had a recipe but it was kind of confusing, you needed some natural waxes, mineral pigments (a basic color like white or nude) and water.

I can dig it up for you if you're interseted.
post #18 of 43
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Yeah that would be great, at least for me to have a look at and see if its possible.
I suppose I could leave any coloring out so its just a clear all over face base and re-apply for an eyeshadow base

Thank you
post #19 of 43

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Vicki, maybe you could look at the ingredients in lanacane and monistat and see if they are comparable? if they are then I'm guessing you could easily substitute one for the other as a cheap primer

I don't really think primer for the skin is too neccessary when you're young, although I do see the benefits of using an eye primer before shadow...
post #20 of 43

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Chapstick is a great one for eye primer. Aloe gel for the face.
post #21 of 43

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The primer I was talking about was an eyeprimer. I couldnt find the exact recipe but when I did it, it went something like this.

Boil 1 cup of water (you won't need this much but its hard to boil 5 grams lol)
Melt an unflavored lip balm in the microwave. This will take 3-4 minutes, make sure its in a microwave safe container. if you scoop it out or break it it doesnt matter, it will melt.

after the balm is melted, put .5 grams of a pure pigment (a MMU pigment sample will work) and mix it throughout the melted balm. scoop up the balm with a nice and put it in your final container (plastic or glass, dont think it matters) then pour the hot hot water to the top of that container.

The key is to do it fast so the balm doesnt harden before you add the water. Anyway, when you add the water, some of it will attatch to the balm, some of it will not. Pour out the water that doesnt attach.

Try at your own risk, the quality depends greatly on the lip balm quality. I'll try to find some more info on the balm.

once again, this is an eyeprimer.

For face, i'd go with the monistat, cause it has dimethicones or w/e
post #22 of 43
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Iv actually tried using a capstick the other night, just because i figured its something for the shadow to stick to.
Regarding the primer, i dont think il bother for one for my face at the mo.I actually had a Glycolic facial yesterday and although its not a massive difference I really noticed the difference this morning pores looks cleaner and not as big and my skin is so soft, so think il be having these regular instead plus it was so so relaxing lol

Thanks for all you help and at least iv now found a cheap e/s primer
post #23 of 43

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Thanks for all the recommendations!
post #24 of 43

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Ditto on monistat and Avon. The thing I like about the Avon primer is, it's SPF 20! Every bit of sunscreen helps! I also like the texture of it. Personally I like it better than Smashbox, and I love all of Smashbox products. To me Avon is worth a try!
post #25 of 43

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Hun, that's not being cheap, it called being resourceful! I've never tried the Monistat, but I'm pretty sure it works if the girls are swearing by it. Good luck!
post #26 of 43

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Originally Posted by coke View Post
I'm not a fan of most primers because they dont give you enough in the container for your money.

I've used an all-natural lip balm (it wasnt sticky) and it worked just like UDPP. :shrug: I don't really know if it's supposed to. It was one of those super-natural products with just a few ingredients. Forgot where I got it from though.

Sometimes I just moisturize my eye area with a cream and it makes the colors adhere better.
OMG. I tried using lip balm for a primer just now, and woah. It works VERY well.
post #27 of 43

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Originally Posted by Rotting Beauty View Post
OMG. I tried using lip balm for a primer just now, and woah. It works VERY well.
Here's an all natural primer that I use now, I just got it and I love it. It's like balm but tackier so it holds the eyeshadow longer, and i dont have to deal with the wierd lip balm smells:
Cuberry SuperPrime! Lash Primer & Eyeshadow Primer | All Natural Cosmetics

So I guess I'm not gonna re-order UDPP. Got a better cheaper alternative =]
post #28 of 43

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I found that putting contact solution on your eyes before applying shadow works great too. When I wear bright colors it makes them pop more. Put some on my finger rub it lightly over my eye then brush the shadow on.
post #29 of 43

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I recently did a review on face primers and a homemade eyeshadow prime.

The Glam Shack: Foundation Primer - Monistat, Smashbox and Proclaim

The Glam Shack: Homeade - Eye Shadow Primer

For the eyeshadow primer I think the key to getting this one to work is finding the right moisturizer. I'm in the process of testing two other moisturizers so far neither have shown much promise.
post #30 of 43

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Originally Posted by internetchick View Post
Monistat Chafing Relief Gel. It's what I use, and many people use it and love it. It's $7 or less, and you can find it at any drugstore. There is a sticky dedicated to it, because it is so popular. It's found by the yeast infection creams, even though it isn't for that purpose.

http://pics.drugstore.com/prodimg/139254/300.jpg
I use this too. Great cheap alternative to bigger brands and works great.
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