The Sneaky Reason You Should Be Using Men's Aftershave

Your makeup will thank you

Warmer weather is finally on its way. And while we couldn’t be happier about the longer days and extra rays, we know this means we’ll also have to deal with the return of shiny, sweaty skin. But there’s a simple way to save face--and all you have to do is borrow from the boys.

What you need: A bottle of men’s aftershave balm.

What you do: After washing your face, pat your skin dry and apply a pea-sized amount of aftershave all over, focusing on oilier areas like your forehead and nose. Let it sink in for a few minutes before proceeding with your foundation. 

Why it works: While traditional makeup primers tend to be heavy and packed with slippery silicones (which can clog pores), aftershave balm is lighter and uses hydrating ingredients like glycerin and witch hazel (which helps to balance oil) to create a perfectly smooth base for makeup at half the cost.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...