18 Genius Tips On How To Save Money On Beauty Products
This post is for every girl out there who spends more money than she should on makeup and beauty products –, I feel you, girl. Makeup and beauty products are expensive. Even when you’,re purchasing cheaper drugstore items, it’,s easy to go crazy and spend more than you thought you would. And if you want something more high-end? You better be ready to put out the big bucks. Makeup and beauty products.
I’,m a bonafide product hoarder. I continue to purchase lipstick even though I already have every color imaginable. I have so many different kinds of foundation that it’,s actually impossible for me to use all of them before they go bad. I own a tremendous amount of facial cleansers, acne products, concealers, makeup brushes, and facial masks. I have so many eye shadow palettes that it’,s actually absurd. And yet…, I keep spending money on more beauty products. I clearly need this post as much as you do.
The bad news is that, if you love makeup, you’,re always going to spend a little too much on products. The good news is that there ARE ways to save and go cheaper without sacrificing your favorite brands or quality. Here are 18 genius tips on how to save money on beauty products.
1. Keep a close eye on flash sale sites for deals.
Sites like HauteLook, Rue La La, My Habit, and ideeli aren’,t just places to buy cheaper designer clothes, shoes, and bags –, you can also get makeup and other beauty products. Sales typically only last a few days, and for big brands, they tend to sell out really quickly. But keep an eye on them. You can sometimes find pretty pricey brands offering much cheaper products. While they normally don’,t sell their really popular items, that doesn’,t mean there aren’,t other things to check out! I know a lot of emails are annoying, but signing up for daily reminders on sales will help you keep a finger on exactly what’,s going on sale.
2. If you like trying new things, sign up for a subscription service.
If you’,re like me and you love trying new products, it can get super expensive super quickly. It’,s hard to drop $35 on an item you’,ve never used! That’,s why subscription services are great. If you spend $10-$20 a month, you get a little box with about five items (depending on what you choose). Sometimes the samples are very tiny, but other times, you can get a lot of wear out of them. I’,ve gotten samples from boxes like Ipsy and Birchbox that I’,ve used for months.
The way product containers are set up might look pretty, but might also make it impossible to get your money’,s worth. You might think a container is empty, but there’,s probably a whole lot more in there –, you just can’,t get to it. Start cutting your products open to scrape out as much as you can. Even if it only lasts a few more days, it’,s still saving!
4. Check out discount stores like Marshall’,s or TJ Maxx for cheaper products.
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Discount stores like Marshall’,s and TJ Maxx have entire makeup sections that are full of cheap beauty products. You can find expensive designer brands for only a few dollars there. You can score nail polish, makeup, skincare products, shampoo and conditioner, hot tools…, pretty much anything. My mom found a Chi blow dryer there for $35! And when they’,re on sale, you can get crazy good prices. Always check out those stores before you spend a lot of money, especially on items that have been around for a while.
5. Buy larger sizes for the things you really like
Buying economy sizes of products you love might be a little more expensive upfront, but will definitely save you money in the long run. Drugstores like Target and CVS usually offer larger sizes of beauty products, but you can also buy huge amounts of them in stores like Costco and BJ’,s.
6. Take care of them so that they last longer.
Makeup and beauty products need some love! Take care of your products so that they last longer. There are certain things you might be doing that ruining them so be careful! The longer they last, the more money you save.
If you’,re not into DIY, this suggestion isn’,t for you. But if you’,re ready to play around with some natural ingredients to make your own products, go for it! Making a body scrub is so easy and fast, and so much cheaper than buying one. It’,s silly to spend money on a lip exfoliator when you can literally mix honey, sugar, and olive oil together to create your own. You can use apple cider vinegar in place of shampoo once a week, and you can use coconut oil as makeup remover. There are lots of DIY options out there that can save you lots of cash.
8. Sign up for beauty store loyalty programs.
If you buy a lot of product, then you’,re silly for not signing up for loyalty programs. Sephora offers their Beauty Insider program, which allows you to get points as you buy items and exchange those points for amazing samples. Ulta’,s Rewards program gives you points for samples and discounts and coupons. CVS has an ExtraCare Beauty Club that gives you $5 in ExtraBucks whenever you spend $50. And those aren’,t the only ones! Hey, if you’,re going to shop there, you might as well get something extra for it.
There are lots of beauty brands out there that make money off of creating cheap dupes of inexpensive, high-end beauty products. There are tons of cheaper versions of Nars Orgasm blush in the drugstore world. There are dupes for Benefit, Stila, MAC, Too Faced, Makeup Forever…, the list goes on. You can get some of these for SO CHEAP. even though some cheaper dupes aren’,t the same quality, it’,s definitely still worth looking into.
It sounds so simple, but it’,s also so easy to forget. The Internet is full of thousands of makeup reviews, whether they’,re in video form, on a blog, or on Instagram. All you have to do is search for the product name you’,re thinking about purchasing, and you’,ll have hundreds of reviews at your finger tips. Everyone reacts to beauty products differently, so I would suggest reading a bunch of reviews instead of just one before you come to a conclusion. But reviews could make the difference between spending a lot of money on something that doesn’,t work, and saving.
It’,s easy to use too much makeup, whether you’,re in a rush or you’,re just not really thinking. Always start with a smaller amount than you think you need. You can add more, but you can’,t get that extra product back in it’,s container!
I’,m obsessed with multi-tasking products. Why spend money on lipstick AND blush when you can buy one item for both? This is an especially great idea for people who don’,t wear a lot of makeup and want to keep things basic.
Always take advantage of samples! Stores like Sephora and Ulta give samples with online orders or when you buy things in the store. Department stores like Macy’,s and Nordstrom almost always have some sort of special going on for specific brands –, so for example, if you like Estee Lauder foundation, buy it at Nordstrom to get a sample bag instead of at Sephora. Samples are great to try new things, and again, they can last a long time.
Chanel nail polish is beautiful, but let’,s be realistic: it’,s an absurd amount of money to spend on nail polish when you could get almost the same color for $8 from Essie that probably works just as well. It’,s fine to splurge on the items you love, but if you’,re trying to save, then know when to go for the cheaper options. It’,s worth it to spend more money on skincare, foundation, lipstick, and concealer. But you can find cheap mascara, nail polish, and eye shadow (among other things) that work just as well as the expensive stuff.
15. Search the web before going to the store.
There are tons of beauty discount sites out there. Amazon has an entire beauty section that is underrated and can score you some great deals. Be careful though –, some beauty discount sites are selling fake products. You can also sometimes check the brand’,s site for prices before buying from a department store –, brands like Estee Lauder or Lancome will send coupons in the mail or in newspapers, but department stores like Nordstrom won’,t.
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16. Shop in stores that allow you to return used products.
One fast way to waste money on a product? Buy something new, try it, hate it, never use it again. Some stores, however, allow you to return opened and even used items. Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy’,s, CVS, Rite-Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, and Target are some of them. You need a receipt and the card you purchased the item with, but they’,ll take it back. I mean, if it’,s almost all gone, they won’,t, but you knew that already.
Right now, I only know of MAC and Lush as the companies that allow you to bring back empty containers in exchange for free beauty products. For every six MAC product containers you return, you get a free lipstick. I’,m not exactly sure of Lush’,s policy, but I believe you get something for every five empty containers.
18. Take advantage of limited edition or holiday sets.
Now is the time to take advantage of beauty holiday sets! Deals around the holidays are insane. Most brands offer holiday sets that include lots of little products, and a lot include full-size or larger than sample size products. These gift sets can be as low as $20 for a value that is actually, like, $65. Treat yourself now to really save later.
Which of these tips have you tried? What is your advice on saving money on beauty products? What did we forget to include? Tell us in the comments.