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Milk of Magnesia Face Primer?

Introducing the world’s cheapest matifying primer!

Yes, it is the same one you’d drink for tummy upset 😉

On twitter one fine evening in December last year I caught on to a conversation between Sam Fine and one of his followers. His follower wanted to know what he could use to keep makeup on in extreme conditions (like make up for a festival).  Mr Fine told him he could use milk of magnesia or even clear deodorant!
Did you just gasp? Allow me to respond in the same way he did “Well it worked for Monique at the Golden Globes!” Think about it “anti-persperant”…
Monique at the 2010 Golden Globes,  makeup by Sam Fine


I used the one from Phillips (pictured above).
It’s a white liquid (but you probably already knew that) that leaves an white-ish layer on your skin and some tightness. You should let it dry before covering it with foundation. I avoid the corners of my nose because the tightness is uncomfortable there.
It definitely works well as a matifying primer, I have been using it on and off since december 2010. It also helps keep your foundation on all day.
DO NOT USE alone. This is not a “primer” that can be worm without foundation because the white-ish layer is very visible!
Disclaimer: If you want to try this, please bear in mind that my experience may not be the same as yours. As with any new skin product please pay attention to your skin during your trial and discontinue if you notice any unwanted results.
Have you discovered any “out of the box” face primers? Do tell 🙂



  • PRETTY K!!!
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    i discovered this sometime last year & it works like a dream.issue wt it,is that areas u put it might be difficult to blend,so avoid areas around the eyes & edges of the nose(like u said). it also applies well,when a few drops is combined wt ur like u knw,there's no hard & fast rule to using makeup.Enjoy & thanks for sharing!

  • MissFanny
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    yes I heard about the milk of magnesia thing! As a woman with A LOT of shine issues…I would love to try this trick…Do U know where I could buy this in France Stella?

  • Stella
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    @Pretty K thanks for sharing 🙂
    @Fanny Unfortunately i have only found it in powder form in France, I got mine on holiday

  • Sisi Yemmie
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    lol…for real? i will try this!

  • Stella
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    @Sisi Yemmie You betcha 😉

  • Muse Origins
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    i've heard of this. what's the point sha? As in, what does it do exactly (what's the tightness for??)


  • Stella
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:47 AM

    @Adiya A matifying primer keeps the shine away

  • Radcollins Makeup & Fashion
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Love the look of it. Time to internet shop 🙂

  • LohiO
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Oh wow!!! Never heard of that!

  • Anonymous
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Can you do a post on it, or a vid tutorial, Its just hard to picture, and so we can see how ur make-up looks too at the end

  • Chic Therapy
    Posted May 21, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    Read about this on a friend's blog earlier this year.I use it sometimes but i have still not noticed any major difference

  • Unknown
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    I get a lot of shine so i would have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Unknown
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Thanks for the tip, I will definately be giving this a try.

  • Anonymous
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM


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