Saving money on makeup can be pretty difficult, especially when you’re not sure what products to save or splurge on. There are some pieces that should be higher quality, but some products can easily be swapped for value products. As a fashion expert and makeup fanatic, I’ve spent years perfecting my look and trying to get a bargain. Here are my tips on which products are best to save on, and where to splurge.
Foundations are the base to many makeup looks. Even when you’re not going out or doing anything special, foundation can help protect your skin and even your skin tone. When it comes to foundation, sometimes splurging can be a best to get good coverage and long wearing coverage. Higher quality products also tend to last longer. I tend to use a lot less product when it’s a more expensive product, because they’re designed to use less while providing maximum coverage.
Mascara is a product that many women wear daily, but is often one that is over priced. I have found that even inexpensive mascara can be long wearing and provide excellent volume and length. If you want, you can purchase a mascara wand that will turn any mascara into the type you need. For myself, I buy cheap mascara and own a pricier wand. This lets me get the volume I need, but save a lot of money. Mascara also needs to be thrown away regularly so it makes sense to buy ones that are a bit cheaper.
Eyeshadow is another product that I always buy on the cheap. Many inexpensive palettes are highly pigmented and can do double duty when wet to make eyeliner. Buying inexpensive eye shadow can allow you to buy multiple palettes and get a lot more looks than if you just bought one expensive palette. Invest in a couple good eye shadow brushes to help make the most of any eye shadow you buy.
Eyeliner is a product that I buy both expensive and inexpensive versions. For my staples, like black eyeliner, I pick a quality product that is smudge proof, long wearing and highly pigmented. If you wear one particular color of eyeliner daily, I would urge you to by a good one. For fun colors or glittery liners, stick to a cheaper brand that you won’t feel like you over spent when you get it home. This can also help you buy trendy colors that you can toss when they look dated.
Blushes and Powder
With blush, I have always purchased bargain brand. When I began wearing makeup in high school, I bought a $3.00 blush and that brand and color have been in my rotation now for over a decade. If you want highly pigmented blush, inexpensive blush can give you a lot of bang for your buck. Cream blushes tend to be more expensive, but you can track some cheaper ones down by shopping store brands. For powder, choose a cheaper pressed powder and use a fluffy brush to apply it in a light manner.
With lipstick, I have the same advice as I do for eyeliner. For my staples, like my red and nude, I purchased a higher end brand that was long wearing. I own a lot of fashion colors, like deep purple, that I bought inexpensively. If you are buying for an event or just to try a trend, grab something that isn’t going to make you go broke.
As with any product, if you have sensitivity to certain ingredients or acne prone skin, you may want to buy specialized products that might cost a bit more. However, most makeup wearers can definitely get by with making a few bargain swaps. Who knows, these cheaper brands may become your new staples in your beauty routine.