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10 Ways to Save Money on Makeup and Still Look Amazing
Girls can look polished and smart without breaking the bank by saving money on makeup or cosmetics.
Makeup is quite essential to us ladies who would like to look after ourselves and feel confident about the way we appear in other people’s eyes.
Indeed, to enhance our natural beauty by using makeup comes with a price.
Luckily, that price does not need to be high.
Yes ladies, we can look pulled together with makeup on a budget.
Below are some smart ways to look lovely with makeup on and still have money for more important things in life.
1. Go for Multitasking Cosmetics
Our grandmothers are right after all – lipstick can be used as blush!
You got it, makeup can multitask, in effect making us save money by buying products that perform multiple functions.
Many professional makeup artists have suggested using these products for more than one purpose.
Bronzers can give us a nice glow when applied with light hand all over the face. They can also be used for contouring the cheeks, chin, and forehead. Amazingly, they can also be used as eyeshadows! They lift our creases and make us look wide awake by creating natural shadows in our eyes.
- White or Beige Shimmery Eyeshadows
Shimmery eyeshadows in the shades of white and beige are traditionally applied on the eyes, of course. For the budget-conscious and the nifty, however, they can also be used as highlighters! They can be applied on the high parts of the face – above the cheeks, at the middle of the nose, below the brows, and at the center of the forehead – to catch the light and make us look glowing!
Concealers are not just for the nasty red spots caused by our blemishes. Neither are they just for the bluish or purplish darkness under our eyes. They are also cost-effective eye primers! They cancel any discolorations in our eyelids and creases, making the eye area a clean canvas. Also, they serve as base for our eyeshadows to hold on to, making the eyeshadows’ colors vivid all day long.
Ever wonder why some women look effortlessly beautiful with makeup? It’s because they match their lip color with the color on their cheeks! The smart way to do is, as our grandma said, use our lipstick as our blush! This makeup trick is especially effective in summer when we do not want to pack on heavy makeup. It is also ideal for women on-the-go, working moms in particular.
2. Save on Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Lip Balm, or Lip Stain
With all the formulations, shades, and packaging of lip colors out in the market today, it is absolutely possible to buy a decent lipstick, lip gloss, lip balm or lip stain for cheap.
There is almost no need to splurge on high-end ones, really.
3. Save on Mascara, Eyeshadow, and Eyeliner
Mascaras, eyeshadows, and eyeliners have relatively short lifespan, about three months maximum.
That means we should be replacing them at least four times in a year.
We can avoid costly repurchases if we stick to drugstore mascaras, eyeshadows, and eyeliners, which are produced in high quality and quantity by not a few cosmetics companies.
4. Go for Drugstore Makeup
Unless we are makeup artists working for high-end clients or we have money in the bank to build a makeup collection, then we should not rule out buying drugstore makeup.
Many kinds of drugstore makeup have high pigmentation or color payoff, smooth finishes, and lasting power.
Certainly, many of them are a good buy.
5. Look for Department Store Makeup Dupes
Drugstore makeup brands have been quick in creating inexpensive dupes for high-end makeup bestsellers.
The dupes may not be the same in quality as the original.
However, many of them can do the job.
6. Good Foundation, Concealer, and Blush in Drugstore
Many makeup artists have used pricey foundations, concealers, and blushes, cosmetics that are used on large areas of the face.
Still some of them have admitted that many drugstore makeup brands have also done a great job in perfecting their technology.
These drugstore makeup brands have come up with cosmetics that can stack up with their pricey department store counterparts.
A little research as well as trial and error in makeup can save us lots of money in the long run by picking drugstore options.
7. Watch Out for Promotions and Discounts
Just like all goods that must go, cosmetics are often on sale! It is best to wait for promotions and discounts when wanting to have a makeup haul. Even high-end brands do a lot of promotions and discounts! Amazing!
8. Compare Prices Online
Before splurging on products in stores, we have to do some price comparisons online. Comparisons will help us get a good deal and save us a lot of money.
9. Get Freebies or Try the Samples
It is really a bummer to splurge on a product and find out that it just does not work for us. Good thing, we can avoid this with cosmetics by trying before finally buying them. Trying store samples or getting freebies will help us spend our money only for the good buys.
10. Go Back to Basic
We can keep our cash stashed in our purse by streamlining our makeup must-haves, meaning we have to go back to the basic and stock only the essentials.
Unless we are makeup artists or sitting on tons of cash, then we can by all means simplify the contents of our makeup kits.
Professional makeup artists suggest having only the following items.
Basic Cosmetics Women Should Have
Foundation evens out our skin tone, hides discolorations, conceals acne and blemishes, and makes us look fresh. This is why foundation should be a staple in our reasonably priced makeup kit. Our foundation should match our skin tone; provide us with our desired coverage; should not block our pores, cause acne, or trigger allergies; and should not look cakey on our face.
- Pencil Eyeliner
We can look scruffy with patchy eyebrows or older than our age with thin eyebrows so it is important to buy money-worthy eyeliner to frame our brows. Eyeliner is a multitasking tool. We can also use it to line our waterlines and lashlines to amp up the drama in our eyes.
Little things matter, especially in beauty and makeup. Take the case of well-coated lashes. They look thick and healthy. Yup, we had better spend a little money on mascara than look unfinished.
A nice flush in the cheeks can make us look healthy and glowing so it is important to stroke reasonably priced blush before we step out of the house. Peach-colored blush is universally flattering on everyone, pink blush would be gorgeous on ladies with cool skin undertones, and coral blush would be pretty for those with warm skin undertones.
- Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Lip Balm or Lip Stain
Lips can make or break our looks. We just have to make them look soft, slick, and simply divine. Plum-colored lip colors would be a great buy for women with deep skin tones, pinks for light skin tones, and peach for just about everyone.
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