To some people, makeup may be a necessary expense. For example, they may be required by their profession to wear makeup. To others, makeup is a hobby, something that’s done for fun and to uplift themselves and feel better. To others still, makeup is life… Part-religion, part-compulsion… One thing is for certain, though-however makeup fits into your life, it can be costly. This guide is for those among us who want to save on makeup without compromising quality. Tips for saving on makeup expenses for the ones who want to get the most mileage out of their money. Read on to find out how…
Ask for Samples
Many beauty counters are more than happy to give out samples for free to customers who want to give their products a test run before committing to full-size versions. There are also stores that give away free samples whenever you purchase a product, or if you spend a minimum amount at their establishment. Don’t throw these samples away-use them! When you run out, don’t be afraid to swing by the same counter and ask for more samples.
Use What You Already Have
Sure, it’s great to have different kinds of base makeup. You may want a dewy finish one day, matte the next. Maybe this shade goes better with your skin tone after a tan, and maybe this tinted moisturizer is better for your skin on cold, nippy days that can dehydrate it. However, try not to hoard makeup. Find a formula in each finish that works for you, and stick to one product in each category before you go and buy a whole new bottle or tube. Better yet, use a cushion foundation that comes in a universal case like Missha’s M Magic Cushion (sponsored). The regular M Magic Cushion and its dewy cousin, M Magic Cushion Moisture, come in the same case. This means that you can have one cushion and just buy refills when you run out of product. Also, you can just buy a refill of the other variant and swap the cushions out as needed.
Use the Leftover Remnants
If you have a tube of foundation that you’re struggling to get product out of, don’t be afraid to cut it open: chances are, there’s more product in there, stuck to the sides of the bottle. If your mascara has dried up (but isn’t expired!), resist the urge to buy a new tube. Simply soak the tube in a mug of hot water for a while. This will warm the product and bring back some of its original consistency. On the subject of mascara, save the wands on the ones you’ve used up, especially the ones you really liked. Part of what makes a mascara work is the wand, and you may be able to achieve the same results on your lashes even with a cheaper formula by using a wand that works for you.
Invest in Multitaskers
Vaseline or petroleum jelly is a staple in many homes. It’s an effective makeup remover, lip balm, and occlusive-this means that you can use it to lock your skincare in place and prevent water loss. Certain baby shampoos are also effective in removing makeup, and make for a great cleaner for your brushes and sponges too. You can use baby powder as a dry shampoo, or to mattify your favorite lipstick. Investing in multi-use products saves you money because you only have to buy one product that does three things, as opposed to three separate products that have three different uses. You may even have most of them already. Plus, it saves counter space.
Buy in Bulk
You can save a lot of money by keeping an eye out for beauty products sold in bulk at your local big-box store, or scouring the internet for unique finds, such as your favorite foundation in the professional size. If the size of the items feels a little daunting, you can split the cost and the products with a roommate or friend. Or you can think of it this way: buying in bulk saves you time and money since you won’t have to keep making return trips to buy the same product when you run out.