The natural look may be trendy, but the truth is, many women wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without at least a swipe of lipstick or coat of mascara. Beauty doesn’t come cheap, though, as anyone knows who’s balked at the price of the new miracle foundation or winced as they handed over their credit card to the Sephora cashier. Sure, your face may look flawless, but what did it cost?
For many, dropping that kind of cash on beauty products isn’t optional. Not only do some women feel better about themselves with a full face of makeup, But Women may also land better jobs if they wear makeup, and female waitresses who put on some mascara and lipstick may earn more tips from male restaurant patrons. Going makeup-free might save a woman some money in the short-term, but it could hurt her financially in other ways.
Even if nixing your morning beauty routine isn’t realistic, you don’t have to resign yourself to spending a small fortune on must-have products. Savvy beauty addicts know how to keep themselves looking fresh without starving their wallet. Here are some ways to look gorgeous for less.
1. Stock up on samples
Samples are perfect for traveling or if you want to try out a new product, and many stores and makeup brands give them out like candy. At stores such as Sephora, associates are usually happy to hand out samples of products you’d like to try. Order online at Sephora, Ulta, Smashbox, Aveda, and other retailers and you can usually add a few samples to your bag.
2. Collect cheap gift cards
Discounted gift cards can help you save money on your monthly makeup splurges. Search sites like raise for cheap gift cards for Sephora, Bath & Body Works, MAC, and various department stores. You may be able to save 5% or more of the card’s face value, which means you get more for less at the makeup counter. Combine those savings with discount codes or cash back from a site like Ebates and you’ll see even bigger savings.
3. Self – DIY
A quick Google search pulls up roughly a zillion ideas for do-it-yourself makeup hacks and beauty products, from recipes for homemade lip balm to cheap eyeliner made with activated charcoal. In other cases, cheaper products can do double-duty – Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is a good substitute as a makeup remover while baby powder can replace dry shampoo. If you’re willing to experiment a bit, making your own cosmetics has the potential save you some serious cash.
4. Don’t shun the drugstore
High-end beauty products come with equally high prices, but the cost doesn’t always equal quality. Don’t be afraid to try out cheaper drugstore brands if you’re trying to save money!
5. Buy in Bulk or Family Size
Typically, buying in bulk or buying the largest size available saves you some money. If you do this for all your toiletries, you can see how the savings quickly accumulate.
Make sure to check the price per unit when purchasing the largest size available. Sometimes stores purposely charge more for the largest sizes, knowing that shoppers automatically think they can get the best deal on the family size.
6. Use Less
Have you ever seen an advertisement for toothpaste where the glob of toothpaste completely covers the toothbrush? Advertisers use this image on purpose. The more toothpaste you use each time you brush, the more you have to buy. You can get your teeth just as clean by using a quarter of what the manufacturers recommend.
In addition, you don’t have to lather, rinse, and repeat your shampoo in order to get your hair clean. Try to use less toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, and even toilet paper.
7. Try It Before You Buy It
In the Makeup world, there is a lot of different brands of products that have almost similar shades or almost the same packaging that is being used. For example, a makeup eyeshadow color can be the same color from two different brands but of a different pigmented color level. So meaning, one may be pigmented than the other while applying on the skin. Try before you purchase would save up the unnecessary trip back to the store too.
8. Buy Quality Makeup Brushes
Sometimes it really doesn’t matter what product you use as long as it is applied properly. Applying eye shadow with a Q-tip is not going to look as good as an eye shadow brush no matter what brand you choose.
Good brushes can be very expensive so you need to make sure that you take proper care of them. If you spend more money on brushes, you’ll be able to get away with buying cheaper makeup.
Makeup brushes, sponges and applicators last longer, when you wash them in soap and water every three to four months. Carefully rinse the brushes and applicators, squeezing away any excess water, then leave them to air-dry on a clean towel.
9. Shop During Bonus Time
Several of the major cosmetic companies occasionally offer bonus gifts sets when a customer makes a minimum purchase or up to a certain amount. Yes sometimes for those bonus gift sets it actually worth for what you buy but think of what to purchase which you really needed or a gift for someone instead of just getting just the bonus gift set.
10. Less is More
Don’t overdo it when you apply makeup. You only need one coat of mascara and one coat of blush to last the entire day. Using a damp makeup sponge to apply foundation cuts down on the amount of foundation you use. Don’t wear makeup every day; save your products for when you have special plans, instead. When you use less makeup, you save money because your makeup lasts a lot longer.
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