10 Ways to Save Money On Makeup. Insider Tips To Save Money On Beauty Products. Frugal Living Tips And Tricks.
Makeup is notoriously expensive. I don’t know how many times I have left Sephora with a teen, tiny bag and a receipt over $100.
Luckily, I have discovered you don’t need to spend a lot to feel like a million bucks.
Here are some easy tips and tricks to save money on your beauty supplies.
Watch YouTube Videos Before Shopping
There is a review out there for every single beauty product. Literally. There is no reason for you to test things out yourself when you can get a better idea of a product before even purchasing it. Especially with high-end makeup, you should have a general idea of what you’re buying.
You don’t have to spend an enormous amount of time, just watch one or two reviews. I normally know within a couple of minutes whether or not a product would work for me.
I also recommend you find beauty bloggers with similar complexions as yourself so you can get a better idea of how the product would look on you.
I’m obsessed with dupes. Whenever you want to find a more budget-friendly version of a product just head to Pinterest or Google and type the Brand Name + Color + Dupe and you’ll get loads of swatches.
I generally avoid expensive brands with things like lipstick and eyeshadows because there are some great wallet-friendly brands out there. I can’t justify a $25 lipstick when I can have three for that price.
Definitely pick your battles in this one though, I do splurge on foundation and mascara (Hello ‘Better Than Sex’ by Too Faced!). But nothing else really. I save hundreds of dollars on makeup simply by finding high-quality dupes in a drugstore.
But Splurge on Quality Brushes
I have found that with most products, it’s not the product itself that makes a difference, but how you apply it. Luckily, high-quality brushes last a long time, especially when cared for properly.
Ask For Samples
You can sample almost anything in a beauty store. Sephora gives you tons of free samples if you just ask! With pricey creams and foundations, you have to test it out on your skin before buying. It’s one thing for the foundation to match your tone, it’s another to see how it will sit on you for 12-hours.
If you can’t sample a product, most stores will allow you to return beauty products that don’t work for you. Learn the return policy of your local beauty store just in case that $46 concealer isn’t worth it.
Get Cashback at Sephora
If you shop online, sign up for Ebates to get cashback on your purchases at Sephora. All you have to do is sign up for FREE and click through to Sephora through the Ebates websites. Shop as you normally would from there and get cashback credited to your account in a couple of days. Easy-peasy.
Join Reward Programs
Why not get rewarded for something you were going to buy anyways?! Join reward programs and get points, discounts, and free samples. They don’t cost any money to sign up. One popular example is Sephora’s Beauty Insider, a free reward program that gives you a point for each dollar that you spend at their store. Once you acquire 100 points you are gifted with a free sample.
Brands place their most expensive products at eye-level. Whenever you’re at a store, kneel down to see what they have to offer below. Brands purposely place their cheaper products away from the limelight, it’s a clever marketing trick since that $80 eyeshadow palette will grab your eye, versus having to look around and actually putting an effort.
Go to Sephora or Ulta with patience and take your time to look around. Stay away from products placed at the top to save money.
Sell Unused Makeup
If you bought a new makeup that you end up not liking an/or using much, but can’t return it for whatever reason, consider selling it. Sites like eBay and depop are great for this. Just fill out your profile and be genuinely honest. Don’t try to make a quick buck. It would be a very bad experience for a buyer to purchase a ‘like new’ lipstick to find it’s almost all gone and expired. As always, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Revive Old Makeup
Don’t you hate to splurge on a product only to have to throw half of it away because its lost it’s zest. Makeup, unfortunately, expires or dries out, but there are some little tricks you can do to help fix it and keep it lasting longer.
• You know when your mascara starts to dry out and go all clumpy? Add a few drops of saline/ contact lens solution to the tube, swirl it around, and it should be good as new!
• You can make your mascara last longer by not pumping the wand, as this traps air in the tube and makes the mascara dry out quicker. Try twisting the wand instead
• If you get to the end of a bottle of makeup, but you know there’s more product in there that you can’t get at, place it in a bottle of warm water to loosen it up and decant it into a smaller container. This works to loosen up dry mascara too!
• If the above doesn’t work you could try cutting bottles in half with some scissors and scooping the remnants out that way
• Broken eyeshadow? Mix it with some rubbing alcohol and press it back together again (you can also try this on pressed powders). Alternatively, you could mix it with some clear nail polish to create a new shade
• You can melt the ends of two broken lipstick pieces to stick them back together again, or completely melt it down and leave it to set in a lip balm container – follow the instructions here.
Recycle Makeup Packaging
A great tip that also helps the environment! A lot of brands allow you to return empty packaging bottles and they’ll reward you with a freebie.
Lush, for example, allows you to return empty black pots in exchange for a free face mask!
Another great recycle policy is Mac! Return six primary packaging containers to a Mac counter and you’ll get a free lipstick of your choice. The packaging can be pretty much anything – empty blusher pots or foundation bottles, for instance – but they have to be primary packaging. This means that things like paper boxes and cellophane wrappers can’t be returned for a free lipstick.