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How to Save Money on Makeup

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

How to Save Money on Makeup


The days of the $1 lipstick are long gone, and that's a good thing! The price of makeup has gone up in recent years, which is why it's important to know how to save money on makeup. You don't want to spend more than you need to—or settle for less quality products than you deserve. With these tips and tricks, you can have your cake and eat it too: looking good without breaking the bank.

Choose wisely.

To get the most out of your makeup, you need to choose wisely. Don't just buy things because they look pretty or feel nice on your skin. Make sure that the products you buy are right for the type of skin you have and that they're made from high-quality ingredients. Also, think about whether or not a certain product will work with your lifestyle and if it's worth its price tag.

If you're unsure about which products are best for your specific needs, consult an experienced salesperson at a beauty supply store or salon instead of simply going by what other people recommend online (or even in magazines). A professional can help guide you toward a good match without making guesses based on what they've seen before—and if something doesn't work out like expected, don't be afraid to exchange it!

Make things last.

  • Use a primer. Primers can help your makeup last longer, even if it’s not supposed to be a long-lasting product. They allow for smoother application and also help with blending.
  • Be careful about how you apply foundation. Applying foundation with a brush will give you more control over how much product goes on, which makes it easier to avoid spots where too much has been applied (and potential creasing).
  • Set with a setting spray! This is pretty self explanatory—sprays are handy because they keep your makeup intact without having to retouch throughout the day, saving both time and money in the process!

Know when to splurge.

When it comes to beauty products, the word "splurge" gets thrown around a lot—but not all splurges are created equal. Some items are worth spending more on because they're so important to your everyday life. For example, if you use a particular brand of mascara every day, or if you wear foundation every single day (and don't have perfect skin), then splurging on those products is worth it because they serve an important function in your makeup routine.

However, there are also some beauty products that we just don't need to spend more money on—for example: eyeliner and lipstick. These things aren't as essential as eye shadow palettes or foundations; they're just nice additions to our daily routine. So while we don't need to spend much money on these kinds of products at all (if any), there's no harm in buying them at higher-quality brands!

Take care of brushes, they're not cheap.

You should wash your brushes regularly. Use a gentle brush cleaning solution, like baby shampoo or baby oil, and rinse them thoroughly. Let them dry naturally in an area that's not too warm (but not freezing either) and where there's good air circulation (like the back of the sink). Don't leave them in direct sunlight or near a heater.

Here are some other tips for taking care of your brushes:* Brushes can be expensive, so try to avoid dropping them or getting water on their handles.* If you have separate containers for dark shadows/pigments and light shadows/pigments, try to keep those two types of makeup separate as well—the pigments from one type could stain another type.* Keep an eye out for newer models! Newer models don't always mean better quality brushes; sometimes they just mean they're newer and therefore more expensive than older versions that can be found at lower prices through online stores like Amazon Marketplace or eBay

Stretch that eyeliner with glycerin!

Glycerin is a humectant, which means that it helps the skin retain moisture. It's also used in many skincare products to keep skin hydrated. If you're looking for some affordable ways to save on your beauty routine without compromising quality, try mixing glycerin into your eyeliner before applying:

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  • Your eyeliner will stay in place better throughout the day
  • You'll be able to sharpen or reuse it multiple times since the glycerin keeps it from drying out

You can try this same trick with lip glosses and mascaras as well!

Go matte.

Matte makeup is less expensive to buy, but it also lasts longer and is more versatile. You can wear matte products all day without worrying about them melting or running off your face, which means you're free to get creative with your look! Unlike other types of makeup, matte foundation doesn't have any glitz or sparkle—it's just a smooth base layer that lets your skin shine through. This type of product is also ideal for oily skin because it won't add extra grease to your face (and we all know how awful that feels).

For those who prefer a natural look, matte products are an excellent choice. They don't contain any glitter or shimmer—they just focus on highlighting your best features by using warm tones like browns and golds instead of cold ones like blues and pinks. If you're not sure where to start when selecting a foundation shade, go with something light-to-medium coverage with yellow undertones in order to make yourself look as close to flawless as possible!

You don't have to spend a lot of money to look good with makeup

The first thing you should know is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to look good with makeup. You can use the same products as the pros and save yourself a lot of money. No matter how much money you have, there are ways to make your makeup look amazing without spending a fortune.

You'll need to follow some simple guidelines when buying makeup products, but if you do it right then it won't cost you more than $10 per day or 2% of your income (whichever is higher).


By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to save money on makeup and look great. Who knows? Maybe after reading this article the next time you go shopping for a new lipstick or eyeshadow palette, you might even find yourself saying “I could never afford that!”


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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