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Money is very important when it comes to buying the things you need or want. Buying makeup, for some, is a part of their needs; while for some, it’s their want. The common thing between those people is although they have different ways of using cosmetics, they still go after products that fit their budget.

People buy cosmetics they are in favor of and hopefully, it’s what they can afford. Otherwise, they find ways to save money on those brands. There’s nothing wrong with that because almost every woman is preoccupied with ways to save money when buying makeup.

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If you use makeup and invest in a name brand, you want to be practical, not wasteful. Here are 13 essential hacks you should consider when buying makeup:

Sign Up for Notification of Sales

One of the most popular ways you can save money when buying makeup is to watch out for sales and special discounts. Sometimes, you’ll know them through makeup websites, announcements, while others, through salespersons giving out flyers inside the mall.

When sale days come, a lot of fellow makeup artists fall in line to get the best picks. When you get the news, don’t hesitate to rush into the store to get brand names or quality cosmetics at the lowest discounted prices.

Treat Yourself to a Free Mini Makeover

I’m sure you’ve seen a woman getting her hair curled by a “saleslady” inside the department store. Well, that’s probably a free makeover. It’s done to entice customers to buy products. When the potential customer sees the finished look, hopefully, she’ll decide to purchase that particular styling tool or product.

You might also want to take advantage of free makeover sessions, whether you are actually considering buying makeup or you don’t have any plans to purchase a thing. With those makeover treats, you’ll save time, energy and money.

Not only that, but you can make a decision whether to add those makeup products to your beauty collection or not without any pressure.

Read more: The Essentials: Shopping Tips For Makeup Newbies

Try it Before You Buy It

You should do a test before buying any cheap makeup. Even toy cars are tested before parents buy them for their kids. So much more is necessary for beauty products because they will be applied to your skin and what’s in them might affect your health. With this in mind, it’s best you test how they look and feel on you.

You might even want to leave the store first and roam around the mall and check after a few hours if your makeup has faded or lost its beautiful effect on you.

13 Hacks to Save Money When Buying Makeup

You will also know if it fits your skin type and skin color if you’ve worn it for a period and not just for five minutes under the same lighting. If the eyeliner or mascara hasn’t worn out after getting sweaty and after you consumed foods and drinks, it’s worth considering.

Join Online Contests

You might have seen some of your Instagram friends repeatedly posting the same image of a poster for a contest. They do it for the chance to win some cosmetics. Makeup brands do that too; as well as some makeup artists and influencers.

If you don’t want to buy but want to get a certain product from a brand, join online contests. You never know… you might be one of the fortunate winners who can save money when buying makeup.

Take Advantage of Samples

When you drop by beauty fairs, attend related seminars or attend the grand opening of makeup stores, you might be given free samples of mascara, eyeliner or lipstick. This is a sales tactic to convince you to buy next time. The sample eye makeup could save you from making a huge mistake. The thing about buying makeup at the mall or cosmetics online is if it doesn’t suit you, you can’t return the item.

Explore Different Prices

Some people only buy luxury brands without realizing some discount makeup or cosmetics are just as effective. In fact, the designer’s name is what makes products more pricey. To save money, why don’t you also check out other rates instead of only keeping your attention on the expensive ones.

Of course, a higher price is usually equal to higher quality, but don’t overlook there are also other brands that aren’t very famous. However, they lead to almost the same, the same or even better results. These beauty products are impressive but are overshadowed because of other products’ fame.

Wipe it Clean

If you have the habit of throwing away makeup containers with some leftover at the end, cut that off! Realize how precious every drop is. Use the makeup from their containers until it’s all gone. Avery “stopped buying makeup for a year to save money.”

Store Well

Sometimes, we buy makeup products over and over again because of spills, broken bottles, or improper storage. Remember keeping them the right way and in the right place ensures they will last longer. Put them in a proper makeup bag or drawer, cleaned and arranged so you have easy access to them and they aren’t easily broken.

Don’t Overlook Quality

Don’t overlook quality when you buy makeup products. If you buy cheap makeup, you’ll always purchase cheap and poor quality ones. Buying one expensive high-quality brush is better than buying ten cheap, poor quality ones.

Use What You Have

Sometimes, we buy on impulsive. We keep purchasing clothes, shoes, handbags and even makeup when we have a lot of the same item at home still. Make use of what you have. Buying an abundance of the same item is totally a waste of money especially on items that have an expiration date and makeup does.

Don’t Throw Broken Bottles Out

When your favorite makeup bottle is broken, remove it from the container and pour it into a plastic container if possible. Make sure the remaining portions aren’t filled with glass particles, of course, and continue to use and store your product as before. When it’s done or unusable, it’s time to buy a new one.

Check the Expiration Dates

To avoid slipping money out of your hands with a piece of regret along with it, don’t forget to look at the manufacturing date and most especially the expiry date before heading to the cashier. Products that are near their expiration date will be wasted, and expired ones are not fitting for your skin.

Know Your Goal

For you to use your makeup products to the best of its ability, you must know how to apply it properly. In addition, you should know why you’re buying this product. Are you trying to cover scars or skin discoloration? Perhaps, it’s just to enhance your natural beauty.

Whatever the case may be, Alexis Bennett of InStyle has some tips to help make a flawless impression. Besides that, you want to make sure the makeup is doing its job before buying more of the discount makeup.



“To God be all the glory!”

Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, Australia’s leading beauty brand. Napoleon Perdis offers a wide selection of prestigious cosmetics suitable for everybody.

Taking care of the skin and keeping oneself hygienic, beautiful and healthy are some of the many topics she writes about. She also does research and shares her thoughts regarding people’s use of makeup and the artistry itself. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University-Manila, the Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.

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