Women often feel like in order to be beautiful, they have to shell out a lot of money on makeup. Working in the fashion industry has both given me freedom and courage to play with makeup, but also feeling the pressure to buy expensive products. I know many women open magazines or see online reviews of expensive cosmetics and feel they can’t get a good product on a budget. However, after years of searching, I have found ways to make beauty dollars stretch while still feeling modern and beautiful. Follow my guide to help you create a beauty budget that will give you confidence and help you save.
Set Your Budget
Before you begin shopping, have a clear budget in mind on what you are willing to spend on all the products you’re purchasing. If foundation is most important to you, budget the most for that product and less for others. Take into consideration any special conditions, like sensitive skin, that you need to accommodate. I personally have very sensitive skin, and am limited in the types of foundations and creams I can use. I read ingredient lists on makeup in store and make a judgment call on their safety, but will allow myself to spend on what is necessary. Coupons can also help you save beauty dollars, so scan your paper every weekend for coupons that pair with store deals.
Some products can work double duty in your beauty routine and save you money. Moisturizers can be added to a foundation to turn it into a tinted moisturizer for days you need less coverage. Foundation can be used as a base for lipsticks and eyeshadow. Even powder eyeshadow can be mixed with a wet brush to create eyeliner. I generally only need a few products to create a look that I feel confident with but that saves a lot of money. I usually have a foundation, mascara, eyeshadow and a lip color on hand and can make an entire look using just these products. Brush up on your beauty basics and also get creative with how you use a product.
Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
One of my biggest fears when I began shopping for budget makeup was that I would be wasting money on lower priced items. I purchased this Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone on a whim to see if inexpensive products would work. It completely changed how I feel about budget makeup, as its the best eye product I’ve ever used. Take a risk on a product and see if you like it. If you don’t like it, the investment is minimal and a lot less budget busting than purchasing an expensive product and being unhappy with its performance.
Hold a Swap
Like clothing swaps, a makeup swap with friends can be a good opportunity to try a product you may love and dump products that didn’t work for you. Make snacks and invite your friends to bring any beauty products they have in good condition. Supply rubbing alcohol spray and wipes to help disinfect makeup and encourage everyone to try things out. By the end of the night you could walk away with a few products that add a new dimension to your beauty routine.
One other perk of budget shopping is you can have an even larger makeup collection than if you spent on expensive products. I like to treat myself to a new eyeliner occasionally, but only spend a dollar or two. Initially, you can start small but expand your collection very quickly.
Makeup can be an expensive endeavor without planning and budgeting. I have found that I go from spending a few hundred dollars a year to just a few dollars a month by becoming a budget shopper. By using smart shopping techniques and trying new bargain products, you can save valuable dollars you can use in other areas of your life.