How to Buy Makeup on a Budget That You'll Actually Love

How to Buy Makeup on a Budget That You'll Actually Love

Do you find that you spend way more on makeup then you intend to? You're not alone: the average British woman spends over £870 on cosmetics every year. For some of us, that's too high a price to pay to look good.

Fortunately, it is possible to purchase quality makeup on a budget. Here are some tips on how to save money on cosmetics.

Ask Makeup Stores For Samples

Many makeup stores are happy to provide you with a free sample or two of a product you'd like to test at home. Even if the store doesn't advertise free samples, it doesn't hurt to ask. You can also use this tactic to nab a sample of your favourite lipstick or eye shadow to delay paying for the full-sized product.

Join Makeup Company Mailing Lists

Sign up for a makeup company's mailing list, and you're likely to receive special discounts and other offers to help you save money on their full-priced products. Joining a mailing list is sure to give you access to exclusive deals. 

Follow Beauty Product Reviewers and Influencers

Many social media beauty product reviewers and influencers love to sample and post reviews of a wide array of cosmetics from drugstore items to high street brands. Thanks to their online reviews, you may become aware of affordable makeup products that work just as well as their more expensive competitors.

Some beauty reviewers will also offer their followers promotional codes to help them save money on a featured product. It's well worth following a few of the top YouTube makeup reviewers to hear their recommendations and learn if a higher-end item is worth its price.

Return Products That Don't Work For You

It's a fallacy that once you open a makeup product and use it that you cannot return it to the store you purchased it from.

Believe it or not, many drugstore chains and retailers do accept returns on used makeup products. You just need to check with the specific store's policy to confirm it and bring items back with the receipt within the specified return time frame. Most makeup retailers accept returns on opened products as well.

Search Online and At Discount Stores

You may find an elusive or favourite makeup product online for less than what you'd pay for it in a store. Do your research and check out unconventional places such as auction sites and discount stores for makeup bargains.

Check For Coupons and Sales

Just as you can use deals to build a stylish new wardrobe, you should also take advantage of store sales on your preferred makeup brands and products. If a retailer is offering a buy-one-get-the-second-one-for-half-price deal, use the opportunity to stock up on an item you love. If a store offers a points or rewards system on purchases, use the extra cash earned to save on makeup.

Remember That Less Is More

Many of us tend to apply way more makeup than we have to. Concealer is easy to overdo, and then you end wasting the product and buying more sooner.

Some products are very easy to squeeze out, so try applying makeup a little at a time to achieve the desired effect. You can always add more if you need it. Applying only what you need will make your makeup products last longer.

Be Open to Trying Drugstore Brands

If you're accustomed to purchasing only luxury cosmetics brand and your budget is taking a hit as a result, perhaps it's time to give the lower-cost cosmetic companies a try. While you sometimes have to pay more for quality, many drugstore products are comparable to their high-end counterparts.

Visit the Makeup Counter

If you're willing to receive a free makeup consultation or application, a visit to a makeup counter in a department store may also come with free samples and promotions.

Use Every Last Bit of Makeup

As long as it hasn't expired yet, try to use up every last bit of a cosmetic product up before tossing it. You'd be surprised by how much product is left if you do some digging.

You can often get enjoy more applications of lipstick by scraping out what's left in the tube and placing it in a makeup pot. Snip off the tops of plastic tubes and along the edges to open them up and scoop out what's hiding in the corners. 

Buy Products That Do Double Duty

Many makeup products can be used on more than one area of the face. For example, look for a product that is designed to be applied to your lips, cheeks, and eyelids for a rosy glow. Use shimmery light eye shadow as a highlighter by applying it to the bridge of your nose and the tops of your cheekbones.

Bronzer can often be used to contour your jawline and nose while also providing colour to your cheeks. Washable mascara can help hide grey hairs when used on dark hair. Experiment with some of your products to find out what other cosmetic uses you may get from them.

Go Makeup-Free Once in a While

To make your makeup products last longer, take a break from applying them altogether, particularly on days where you plan on staying in. Not only will you lengthen the lifespan of your makeup, but you'll also allow your skin to breathe.

Practicing diligent skincare will also require less makeup to cover up flaws and blemishes. Always remove all makeup before going to bed to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. Your makeup will also go on a lot smoother.

Makeup On a Budget Can Be a Reality

Makeup on a budget isn't too good to be true. Follow the above tips to always look your best without spending a fortune on beauty products.

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