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How to Maximise the Benefit of Your Makeup Budget - Tips to Help You Find Bargains and Save!

Updated on August 31, 2010

With so many exciting, new (and not to mention confusing) beauty products on the market, it's no wonder so many women come home with bags filled with stuff they don't need and feeling broke. All the designer brands of makeup with different labels that say they do all these wonderful things -- how do you know what to buy, and how on earth can you be there at the right time to grab a bargain?!

A few simple tips and tricks can not only help you save money on your makeup products, but push your dollar just that much further.

How to Avoid Spending Money on Something You Don't Even Need

1. Know what you want to buy before shopping.

There's nothing worse than not knowing exactly what you need or want before you walk into a store. The wide array of different products can, at times, make your head swirl and almost always encourages you to buy something you won't even use. Knowing what you want before you go out helps you save money: walk in, get what you want and walk back out.

2. Don't buy something just because it's on sale.

Many women are tricked into the whole ploy of what seems to be a bargain. They come across something that's on special and buy it because it may be up to 50% off, but what's the point if you'll never use it? Don't be fooled by sales. Once again, buy what you need and nothing more.

3. Never be afraid to say no.

Pushy salespeople are highly responsible for a lot of unnecessary purchases. Why? Because most people are too afraid to say no. Sometimes you come across a very charismatic sales person, or you feel bad if you say no after they explain all about their product. Don't. After all, you are the consumer and if you aren't interested, the salespeople have to accept this.

How to Truly Find a Bargain

1. It's not a case of being there at the right time.

Some women may think that the sales that department stores or other retail outlets have from time to time are the best place to grab a bargain - but they're wrong. Some places such as chemists have continually cleared stock that they add to every week or fortnight. Shop around locally at your local stores with bargain bins and you're likely to find some of your favourite products at a fraction of the cost.

2. Makeup Clearance Warehouses.

Believe it or not ladies, there exists a place called a Makeup Clearance Warehouse. This is a chain retail outlet where well-known brands are constantly discounted because it's a WAREHOUSE. They buy everything in bulk and pass the special prices on to the customers. Use caution when shopping in these places though - among the well-known brands are some other, inferior ones which may seem like a good buy but turn out to be a dud.

3. Buy online!

A great place to get makeup is on the internet. One drawback to this is that you can't test anything before you buy it, but if you have a favourite product you can generally pick it up for good prices online. However, watch out for the cost of shipping as well. If your favourite red lipstick is $22 RRP and the online price is $17, shipping costs may very well come close to or over this.

How to Use Only the Essentials

1. Don't buy something until you are REALLY out of it.

It's shocking, the number of women who will buy a new product (e.g. foundation) when they still have a quarter of a jar left. Depending how much you use, a quarter of a jar can last up to 3 months! The life of your products starts ticking before you even buy it, so if you buy it three months in advance, you'll just have to chuck it out sooner rather than later.

2. Take care of what you have.

Be more careful when using your products so as not to use so much. Don't stay in the habit of spilling your powder, and you should definitely not roll your retractable eyeliner up so high it snaps and you lose half of it. Taking care with your things means there's more to be used and less out of your pocket.

3. Don't purchase 10 different shades of one thing.

Eyeshadow palettes are, essentially, a huge waste of money. You'll generally pay good money for a palette o 20 colours when on a daily basis you use three. Find a trio or even duo of the colours you need most and stick to them. Additionally, the most shades of lipstick a woman will ever need is 2. Don't stock up on different shades you think will suit you until you know for sure, and then try to keep it to a day shade and night shade.

The point of these tips is not to suggest that buying inferior brands from any old discount variety store is the way to go. But you CAN pick up great quality stuff if you just know how to shop for it.

Out of your weekly pay packet, it has been calculated that only 3% should be spent on beauty. This means that if you earn $1000 per week after tax, you still shouldn't be spending more than $30 a week on makeup. Keep a close eye on your purchases and save those pennies for a rainy day.

In an average month, how much do you spend on makeup?

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    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Good tips on makeup and how to keep the budget. Thanks.

    • Choke Frantic profile image

      Choke Frantic 7 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      Most of us have the same problem. Be strong! =]

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      Tracy Morrow 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I try to wait until what I regularly use is on sale and then buy extra. It's hard to resist sales on other items though!

    • kethywright profile image

      Brianna Wills 7 years ago from USA

      nice hubs my friend

      good wrighting in good pc dear


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