Who doesn’t want to be the next James Charles or Tati Westbrook? If you’re a fan of the YouTube beauty community, then you know how many different makeup brands and products exist. It feels like beauty buffs are always trying out new items that you’ve never even heard of. Of course, now that you know that it exists, you must have it in your possession!
As fun as it is to experiment and play with makeup, it can also be extremely expensive. It’s easy to spend a couple hundred dollars buying two or three products from Sephora. Buying even one piece of high-quality makeup can feel like you’re pulling teeth, thanks to the hefty price tag. But there’s no reason you can’t be a beauty guru and on a budget! We firmly believe that you can pursue your passion for makeup without running yourself into debt. You just need to get a little savvy!
We’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks for being a makeup junkie on a budget. From ways to extend the life of your products to hacks that force you to get a little creative, you’ll be surprised all the ways you can save while still getting you makeup fix.
10 Give $1 Makeup A Try
You’ve probably always been sketched out by the makeup at dollar stores, from their iffy packaging to odd smells and texture. While you’re right to be cautious of makeup that seems too good for the price, there’s a new trend in the YouTube beauty community that has some of the biggest gurus trying out (and loving) $1 makeup.
ShopMissA.com is an online beauty store that sells everything for a dollar! They have thousands of products to choose from, including everything from foundations to highlighters to mascaras. Tons of beauty gurus have already reviewed their products, and you’d be surprised how many of them found products they loved. This is a super budget-friendly way to test out new makeup! If the beauty community loves it, then you might too!
9 Search For Dupes
It’s a myth that only makeup from Sephora is good quality. You can find tons of great products at the drugstore, as long as you’re willing to go through a bit of trial and error (or, watch reviews on YouTube).
Tons of beauty buffs have identified dupes for high-end products for brands like Tom Ford and Urban Decay. Many drugstore brands have come out with similar products to compete with the high-end products. You’ll be surprised to know that many of their products work just as well or better in some cases!
You may need to do some research or watch some beauty videos to get some recommendation. There’s no reason to spend a ton when you can find basically the same thing for half the price!
8 Invest In An Everyday Palette
There are tons of eyeshadow palettes on the market. It can be fun having enough palettes to create any eye look you can think of, but it’s not so great if you're on a budget. With palettes at Sephora costing at least $40 each, you’re going to rack up some major debt if you buy every palette you want.
We recommend investing in one high-quality palette that you know you’ll use on a daily basis. For most people, this means sticking to neutral and matte tones that aren’t going to be too crazy for an everyday look. If you end up wanting a palette that’s a bit funkier, find it at the drugstore versus Sephora. Since you’ll spend more of your time using the everyday palette rather than one with bold colors, you can be sure you invested your money into something worthwhile.
7 Put Your Products On Double Duty
When you think about it, tons of makeup products can be used for multiple purposes. If you don’t have tons of money to spend on growing your makeup collection, then this can be a great way to get creative with what you already own.
It’s easy to figure out a new use for your makeup item. Make your lipstick double as blush by blending it out on your cheeks with your fingers. Turn a glittery eyeshadow into your highlighter for the day, or use blush and bronzer as your eyeshadow. Some beauty gurus swear you can even use a brow liner to line your eyes or mascara to tame fly aways!
6 Reuse Your Fake Lashes
If you’re the type of gal who loves wearing fake lashes on the regular, then you know it can be quite expensive. Especially if you’re using a new pair every time. To stay on budget, we suggest re-using your fake lashes as many times as you can before purchasing new ones.
You can get several wears out of one pair if you take care of them properly. When removing the lashes, make sure you’re being gentle so you don't rip the band. Clean any leftover eyelash glue using makeup remover, immediately after taking them off your eyes. Store the lashes in their original container to keep them safe until the next time you want to wear them. Easy peasy!
5 Get Sample Sized Products
If you’re dying to try out a product but not looking forward to paying the price, then asking for a sample of the product could be right for you! Stores like Sephora often offer sample-sized versions of their most popular items.
The sample sizes allow you to try out the product without committing to a full size. The worst is when you buy an expensive product only to realize it’s not working for you. If you really fall in love with the item, you can always purchase the full size when you run out.
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4 Invest In "Holy Grail" Products
Even if you’re on a tight budget, there’s nothing wrong with investing in a product that you know works for you and that you love. We recommend making your foundation one of your "Holy Grail" products. Face makeup is the one thing that beauty gurus always say not to cheap out on because it can truly make or break a look. Take your time finding the perfect formula that works for you. When you find the right foundation, don’t be afraid to re-purchase it if it makes you feel fabulous.
3 Wash Your Brushes Regularly
You’d think that only the makeup products would be the pricy items, but brushes and beauty blenders can be just as expensive. Unless you’re a celebrity, you probably don’t have the spare cash to be buying new brushes on the regular. So taking care of the ones you own is crucial if you want to extend their life and get the most out of your money.
Wash your brushes on the regular. Not only will this keep them clean and well maintained, but it will make your makeup go on even better. Keep your brushes stored standing upright rather than laying down so the bristles don’t get damaged.
2 Take Care Of Your Skin
If there’s one area of your beauty routine that you should invest money in, it’s your skincare. Taking proper precautions to prevent sun damage and aging, even in youth, is essential to ensuring you have healthy skin for years to come. Finding the right skincare routine that doesn’t bother your skin is also crucial.
Having clear skin can change the way you do makeup. It will help you use less product and take up less time in the morning. You won’t buy as many foundations or concealers, which will save you money in the long run. Either that, or you’ll have more money to spend on other parts of your makeup!
1 Do Your Research
The best way to know if you’re getting a bang for your buck is to do research ahead of making a purchase. Especially when you’re about to invest in a makeup product with a hefty price tag, considering what other people have said about it is always a good idea.
Consult reviews on sites like Sephora or Amazon to see if other customers thought the product was worth the price. Go as far as to watch reviews on YouTube so you can see someone swatching the product and discussing it in detail. There are countless times we’ve bought a product only to be disappointed with its performance, so make sure you’re not wasting your money on something you won’t love.