5 Ways to Save Money on Makeup

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#1 Look for Deals

One of the easiest ways to save money on makeup is to look for deals. You can use websites like Latest Deals to browse sales online. You can find deals for individual makeup, makeup sets, brushes, and makeup bags. You can also wait for sales at your local beauty store or browse the clearance section.


#2 Buy Drugstore Brands

Drugstore brands can sometimes get a bad rep for being cheap and low quality, but there are affordable brands that are good quality, and they can sometimes even be better than high-end brands. Drugstore brands can often have dupes of high-end brand products, so it is definitely worthwhile to look into drugstore makeup products. You can check out My All-Time Favorite Makeup post to see what drugstore makeup products I recommend.


#3 Get Samples

Often times you can receive free makeup samples from the beauty counters at stores or you can try out the products before you buy them. You can also buy sample sets both in stores and online to try out various products. By getting samples, you can try out makeup products you are interested in before spending money on the full size product. If you end up not liking the sample, you will be saving money by not buying the full sized product!


#4 Make Your Own

Another option to save money on makeup is to make your own using simple ingredients that are non-toxic. You can find DIY recipes for makeup products including foundation, blush, bronzer, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, lip gloss, and lipstick on Google. You can even make your own setting spray and makeup remover!


#5 Use What You Have

The last way to save money on makeup is a bit obvious, but it is to use the makeup you already have. If you are like me, then you probably have way more eye shadow palettes and lipsticks than you need, so why not use them? If you tend to use the same makeup products, try going through your makeup collection. You may discover products you have not used in a while and you can switch them out with the products you currently use. You can also try doing a project pan where you track the progress of your makeup use as you try to hit the pan or use up your makeup products. Another thing you can do is set a spending ban or create a makeup budget to limit how much new makeup products you can buy.


If you are looking for more ways to save money on makeup, be sure to check out Live The Easy Life’s post on The Easy Way to Save Money on Cosmetics!

How do you save money on makeup?


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31 thoughts on “5 Ways to Save Money on Makeup

  1. I have a lot of makeup and I use it little by little. I am an eyeshadow addict and have products in a makeup drawer and makeup bags. I limit my makeup purchases of mascara, only buying and using one tube of mascara plus a topcoat mascara now and then since mascaras can dry up and I have sensitive eyes.

    I used to buy so many lipsticks and prefer lipstick to gloss as it is more moisturising. I limit the amount of lipsticks I buy as it takes me longer to use lipsticks than eyeshadows. I have a bag for lipsticks and if they won’t fit, I won’t buy them no matter how much I want them.

    I used to be drawn to TV ads and would buy the products that were new in a range.

    Now I go on reviews more if I want to have some idea before I buy the product.

    I look for offers to save, buy one get one free, 3 or 2 etc either in my local drugstore or on their website and have always done this ever since I started using makeup when I was young.

    I limit my most used collection to whatever will fit into my makeup drawer and makeup bags and have products that do not fit stored away or even in their original mail bags to keep them protected.

    I use foundations, concealers primers and powders as I buy them and do not buy more than I need at one time so they are fresher to use and do not build up germs.

    I buy a pack of sponges to apply makeup and brush sets rather than getting these items separately unless there is a specific one I want.

    I write down the dates I buy makeup and try and use older products first.

    The final way I save is by putting items on my Christmas and birthday list.

    I agree about getting samples, getting drugstore brands and looking for deals. I do all of that. I do try and have a spending ban which is easier said than done but I have managed to now and then, I look for dupes and find that actually makeup lasts longer than manufacturers say if it is stored, closed and used properly. I store makeup and perfumes in drawers and bags and do not open products until they are finished and this way I always have unopened products for review. If I swatch a product I will then use it.

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    1. That’s great to hear about all the ways you save money on makeup!
      That’s good you limit how much you buy & I’m the same way with foundation, concealer & primer & I only buy when I need a new one.
      Looking for deals is a good way to save money & I also put makeup on my birthday & Christmas list that I want.


  2. I don’t buy stuff unless I have tried it. I don’t worry about cost as long as it delivers… especially on eyeliner for me. I need one that stays and does not smear and is easy to put on. I also need to be aware of foundation that does not settle in the wrinkles! So I splurge on the good stuff that works!

    When I can cut corners I go for the best reasonably priced makeup …NYX! They have the best lip liner and many other wonderful products!

    By the way … thank you for visiting my blog! How kind of you! 😊

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    1. That’s good you try makeup before you buy it & yes sometimes it is good to splurge if you know the product works!
      NYX is a great brand but I haven’t tried their lip liners!

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  3. While I don’t really wear makeup, I once had a sales associate recommend buying a cheaper brand to test out colours if I wasn’t sure what I would like. That way, if I liked it I could invest in a more high quality product instead of wasting money on it in the first place.

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  4. I pretty much do the same thing. 🙂
    First of all, I have a lot of make-up, so I don’t need anything.
    When I feel like buying new stuff, I always check what’s on special at the drugstore, and I make my selection from there. I have no interest in high end or designer make-up. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I know I’m good with nails and make-up, and I can usually make even the cheapest stuff look great. And if not, then I try to find another use for the product in question (i.e. use the pigment from chalky eyeshadows to make stamping nail polish). 👍

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  5. That’s a great idea on how to use other products. I sometimes use highlighters as eyeshadows. I don’t think it’s arrogant at all. I too have a lot of makeup and would like to be much more skilled with it than I am but I still know how to create great looks and am often complimented on my makeup. The important thing is to be as unique as possible with the products you have. I occasionally go for high end makeup if I get money for Christmas or my birthday and sometimes get gifted it. But I am really into dupes and have found some from Aliexpress (UD palette dupes) or also W7 is a good brand for dupes from the drugstore as are Revolution and I Heart Revolution. Wet ‘n’ Wild is good too.

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    1. That’s good you can find other ways to use your makeup & I also get high end makeup as gifts.
      I haven’t looked on Aliexpress, but I do agree W7, I Heart Revolution & Wet n Wild are good brands!

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  6. These are good tips girl! Have you ever used FragranceDirect.com? It’s an outlet store that sells brand makeup at clearance prices – the selection is pretty sporadic in terms of colour choices etc. but it’s a GREAT way to save money xx

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  7. #2 for me all the way. I have found that some of their makeup is so much better than some of the high end products that I buy, and I do find them less irritable on my skin too.
    I also like looking in the bargain bins to see if I can find a good deal – $6 for OPI nail polish – yes please!
    Great post 🙂

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  8. I love these tips for saving money on makeup. I can’t believe how fast the cost adds up. A couple of brushes and a foundation later, you can spend $100 already. Oooh, it is interesting that you can make your own makeup. I find this great where you can control what to add into the ingredients. At the same time, this comes with a lot of time with backend researching. I like the idea of using what you have. A bit goes a long way. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thank you! I agree! Foundation can be so expensive then if you need concealer that’s an extra cost then what about primer & setting spray? It does add up!
      Making your own makeup does require doing some research, but like you said it’s good to know what ingredients are actually in your makeup!


    1. Yes I agree! When I see a new product come out that I’m interested in, I’ll wait until it’s reviewed by others (especially other bloggers) to see if it’s actually worthwhile. If I’m still interested in it I’ll most likely put it on my bday or Christmas wish list.


  9. These are such great tips!! Since we are moving soon I’m trying really hard to use up all the samples and products I already have before restocking. I have discovered products I love even more than my go-tos this way!!

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