Best Tips to Save Money for Make Up Addicts


Women want to look good all the time. However, for some, beauty fades as they age, and to restore that beauty, comes with a price. The price tag doesn’t matter as long as you have a lot of money, but if you’re on a tight budget, you might want to make wise choices with your makeup binging spree.

If you are a makeup addict, you must know from the get-go that a complete set of eyeshadow palettes isn’t cheap. Even well-known makeup brands aren’t that affordable, especially if you plan to use it daily.

Moreover, palettes aren’t the only things you need in applying makeup. You would also need other things like a matching liquid foundation, different blusher, regular change of brushes, eyeliner, lip liner — the list goes on.

If you use your make up on a daily basis, you will surely run out of stock sooner than expected. Even though you love makeup, there’s no plausible reason to splurge on those items.

Fret not! We know how much you love makeup but burning a hole in your pocket is simply not the best way to love something. That’s why we prepared a list of tips on how you can save money despite your makeup addiction! Are you excited? Read on!

Determine which product to save and splurge

First, think of makeup items that you can get the best value for your money. Look for well-known brands where you can invest money that won’t simply go down the drain. On the other hand, make use of the Internet and search for makeup items with cheaper alternatives. Check your makeup kit for the following items:

Save money on:

  • Cleansers or Moisturizers

One unspoken truth is that dermatologists acknowledge that all cleansers and moisturizers are the same. Have you spent a couple of hundreds for a moisturizer? Fact-check: it’s just the same as your drugstore moisturizer on the shelf. Before you opt for another brand of cleanser or moisturizer, it’s better if you check the label of ingredients first before hoarding these cheap finds. Watch out for skin allergies; test the product first before you apply it straight to your face!

  • Eyeliners

Are you splurging money on eyeliners to achieve that sensual look? Most of the eyeliners on the market are made of wax, so again, look for cheaper alternatives. If wax eyeliners aren’t your thing anyway, look for a liquid eyeliner or a kohl pencil in your local shop.

  • Lipstick or Lipgloss

If you have a different reason why you purchase a lip gloss aside from aesthetics, why not opt for a Chap Stick or a basic type of lip gloss? Those do not last for a long time anyway, so it would be more practical to buy cheaper ones. Lipsticks, however, are a different story. As long as the color flatters you and complements your lips, it’s a good buy. Make sure it has a long-lasting formula so you need not re-apply every single time it wears off in a day.

  • Mascara and Eyelash Curler

There are popular brands on your local drugstore shelves like Maybelline and Max Factor. Mascaras generally have a shelf life of 3-6 months. Keep them tightly sealed, and it’s guaranteed that it will last longer. Eyelash curlers have the same specifications, so wouldn’t it be better to purchase cheaper ones instead?

Spend money on:

  • Makeup Brushes

It’s unhygienic to use the same makeup brush for a long time, so it’s understandable that makeup brushes should be changed frequently. If you’re wearing makeup daily, it’s important to invest in a mid-range or high-end brand because of those last longer than the other brushes. If you wear makeup seldom or occasionally, it’s better to buy drugstore brushes to save more money in the long run.

  • Foundation and Concealers

Although this sounds contradictory, foundation and concealer makeup are best bought branded. Drugstore and cheaper brands simply cannot match the perfect hue for just about anyone’s skin tone.

  • Eyeshadows

Like buying a lipstick, branded eyeshadows are better than cheaper ones. Even if you buy branded ones, you only need to apply before you head out. Cheap eyeshadows will require you to touch-up by lunchtime; earlier if you’re working and sweating as well. It fades easily, and re-applying throughout the day is time-consuming, and can also deplete your palette faster.

  • Powders, Blush, and Bronzers

You have our permission to splurge on these items. Why? The whole point of saving money is to eliminate the need to re-apply often. Cheaper brands will fade easily, and your makeup will look caked. On the other hand, some well-known brands include more in the formula: adding more skin nutrients and even sun protection, too.

Consider purchasing in bulk

You might see this as expensive but consider buying beauty products in bulk. The price tag may be costly, but you can actually save some money than buying individual products. If there are bulk sales, call on your BFF and share the expense! If you really don’t have anyone else to share your makeup, check the expiration date, if necessary. That way, you can gauge if what you bought can outlast your demand for makeup. You may be using makeup daily, so it’s a win-win situation for your pocket.

Research about the product before actually buying it

Surprisingly, some people do not research the product before buying it. Some people spend hundreds of dollars for makeup that doesn’t even match their skin tone. Why waste money if you can research and do some window-shopping before you purchase it?

Recycle your empty containers

There are some designer brands that encourage you to recycle your empty containers. On the other hand, you can always look for brands that offer refills instead of buying the product again and again. You can save more money with refillable than the others. Just be careful with your cases to avoid cracks and eventually spills that may cost you money.

Keep an eye on expiration dates

Makeup can also be expired. Different makeup products have a varying shelf life. Determine which of your makeup products expire easily; don’t use a certain product forever just because it still works. If you’re keen on using designer brands, take note if you really do use makeup frequently. Else, if your makeup usually has some more left after the expiration date, then it’s time to use mid-range or cheaper brands to save some money.

Less Is More

This is an old adage when it comes to makeup, but depending on the trend, we can’t seem to stick with it. However, it still pays to apply less makeup. If your job doesn’t require you to wear makeup to look professional, then just go for the “no makeup look”. Wearing makeup should just compliment your looks, not completely hide your features. Try searching for makeup tutorials depending on your skin tone. It’s not throwing your makeup addiction completely, but there are ways to save more by using less makeup.

As much as we want to, we can’t just splurge all of our salary on makeup. You have to consider your other expenses as well! For example, whatever money you can save from going slowly with your makeup addiction can definitely help you tackle your student debt or personal loan.

It takes a couple of mistakes and lots of tutorials to achieve the best makeup look for you. We hope that these tips have helped you save more money!


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