I wrote an article some years back on how you can save on makeup, and it’s right on the blog here. Nevertheless, I recently rediscovered this topic and found that many of us still do need some help when it comes to spending properly on beauty-related products and services. Here are 7 more tips you can bank on to help you ensure you spend smartly.
1. Skip the gelish.
Having everlasting unchipped nails is a thing of unicorn dreams. And just like dreams, perfect nails don’t last. But that doesn’t mean you need to get a gelish manicure every other month just so your nails always look their best. A single gelish session can set you back anywhere from $30 to $120, and if you have to get it done every 4 weeks or so, it will become a great cumulated expense. In addition, gelish is bad for your nails. If you really, really need to get gelish done, save it for special occasions like your best friend’s wedding.
2. DIY your brows.
Your brows can be difficult to manage, and that’s why I created this tutorial to help you with it. If you can do them on your own, you’ll save money going to the beautician every few weeks.
3. Don’t overlook drugstore beauty products.
Drugstore beauty products may be on the cheaper side, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work. A lot of drugstore brands are sister brands of larger, more high-end brands, so their formulations don’t differ too much (an example is YSL and L’Oreal). Furthermore, if you are a member of your local drugstore, you can also earn points and rebates, which will save you money in the long run.
Some drugstore products you need to check out are the Maybelline Fit Me Concealor (available on Drugstore.com here), or my Holy Grail Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof (available on YesStyle here, with free international shipping).
4. Buy only what you need, whenever you need it.
Research has shown that when we buy more often, as opposed to when we buy at the last minute during a big trip to the store, we actually end up spending less. So if you find that going on a no-buy period doesn’t really help, then ditch that plan and just buy what you need, as and when you need it. Remember, the key word here is “need.”