Hey there, lovelies! I know many of you are curious as to how far you can make your precious, hard-earned money go when it comes to makeup. Too many times I’ve seen friends drop money on a product they could probably duplicate with something they already have in their current makeup stash. Well, fret no more, because !i$@ bee is here to drop some knowledge on ya.
1. Double and triple duty products
I never understood why someone would buy two products — say, a brow filler and a brow-colored eyeshadow — when one might do. Not only can you use eyeshadows as brow fillers and eyeliners (if you wet them first and apply with an eyeliner brush), you can also use your lipsticks as blushes and your blushes as eyeshadows. It may not work with all formulas, so check ingredients and packaging instructions first, but where it does work it can save a lot.
Palettes are a great way to not only store your makeup, but also to experiment with multiple eye colors for a fraction of the cost of buying products separately. There was a MAC shadow I’d been eyeing (no pun intended), but I wasn’t sure if the color would complement my skin tone, so I headed to my nearest discount beauty store, where they offered a similar color and seven others (!!!) in palette form. Not only was I able to test-drive the color I wanted, I was also able to experiment with some new looks thanks to the additional shades. All for less than the price of a single MAC shadow I may or may not have liked. Sweet!
3. Eyeshadow base
As a relative noob to this whole makeup thing, I didn’t have a collection of eyeshadow bases to keep my shadow in place during the day. In a pinch, I’d just use concealer as a base and continue on with my shadow application. Since then, I’ve discovered the wonders of a proper base, specifically NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils. These really make my shadow colors pop and wear longer, and depending on the base + shadow combo, allow me to create some new colors.
Another great thing about NYX Pencils: the price. You can find them online or sometimes in beauty stores for $5 or less. Not bad for such a versatile product!
4. Discount makeup stores
These, my friend, are a godsend for the budget-conscious makeup fiend. You can find a lot of brand name, discontinued shades at discount stores, often at reasonable prices if you look hard enough. Some stores I frequent and have found to be reputable are AllCosmeticsWholesale.com, CherryCulture.com, Cosmetics Company Store (click here to see if there’s one near you), and MakeupAlley.com, which is less of a store and more of an opportunity to swap makeup products with other members.
5. Smarter shopping
The key to keeping your makeup budget under control is to shop intelligently. For basic shades like blacks, browns, and neutrals, I head to the drug store. Drugstore makeup tends to fit a neutral color palette well, since the majority of women use such shades. For funkier, more distinct shades, I’ll shop my favorite higher-end brands. When it comes to specific items, though, like foundation and concealer, I know from previous experiences with drugstore versions that the color ranges just don’t work for me. I’m much more likely to spend more on them with a higher-end brand than buying them from CVS or Rite Aid. Ultimately, it comes down to finding what works best for you and planning your shopping from there.
What are some things you do to stretch your beauty dollars?