Cosmetics are a part of every woman’s beauty arsenal. Even if you only use lip gloss and pressed powder on your face, you’ll never know when the occasion will call for you to weave the magic of makeup on your skin. Cosmetics can be used to highlight your best features, make it look like you have flawless skin, a ‘natural’ blush on your cheeks and pouty lips. Instead of changing your appearance, makeup allows you to look your best no matter where you’re going.
Just because you don’t use makeup regularly does not mean that you should not buy any cosmetics. On the other hand, those who do use makeup a lot should not necessarily spend an arm and a leg just to complete their makeup set. There are plenty of ways for you to purchase the makeup set that you need depending on your frequency of use, without burning a hole in your pocket.
Quick Stats about Cosmetics Buying
Before dishing out tips on how you can buy low-budget cosmetics, let us first take a look at a few statistics regarding these items. According to Statista.com:
- There are 15 leading cosmetics brands in the world for 2014. Ranking third, Pantene has a value of about $6.16 billion.
- In the global cosmetics industry, skin care is the largest, accounting for 34.1% of the global market for 2013.
- For 2012, the total revenue of the US cosmetics industry amounted to $56.63 billion.
As you can see, the cosmetics industry earns billions of dollars per year because a lot of people are willing to spend money in order to look good. But there’s actually no need for you to spend any more than you have to on cosmetics just so that you can look your best. There are plenty of things that you can do to have a collection of usable cosmetic items as your arsenal, while still sticking to a low budget.
Top 10 Tips on Low-Budget Cosmetics
Here are the things to remember if you would like to have low-budget cosmetics, without sacrificing on the quality of items that you will buy:
1. It all starts with good skin.
Sure, you can always use concealer to hide zits or foundation to cover imperfections, but all the makeup in the world cannot hide bad skin. Before even thinking about buying designer makeup, put your money on a good skin care regimen that will give you great skin. The classic cleanse, tone and moisturize routine is something that you can follow.
Buy skin care products which suit the skin type that you have. If you have acne-prone skin, for example, look for a cleanser that is formulated with tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. A toner and moisturizer that works well with acne-prone skin will also help. Once in your thirties, invest in good anti-ageing products to combat signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, etc.
2. Invest in good quality makeup brushes.
Next, invest in good quality makeup brushes. Even if you’re using a drugstore-bought blush or foundation, using the right brush will make the application look professional. Makeup artists recommend buying brushes a la carte. Although there are affordable makeup brush sets available in the market, there will always be one or two brushes there that you will never use – simply because they do not work.
Figure out what really works for you, and here are the individual brushes that you should invest in:
- Blush Brush
A good quality blush brush is a must have because it gives you a believable, pro-quality makeup application. Look for a long-handled, medium-sized blush brush and use it to follow the contour of your cheekbones. Makeup experts recommend that you choose a blush brush made from natural hair so that the application of the blush can be non-streaky, even and natural-looking.
- Brow Brush
A spooley brush which looks like the tip of a mascara wand is an essential brow brush that makes your eyebrows perfectly groomed. It can also be used to de-clump mascara.
- Concealer Brush
A concealer brush can be used to hide those pesky zits, and a good quality one is small and very stiff, with synthetic bristles. They do not soak up makeup, gives you more precision through the application, and the small size helps you use the brush on hard-to-reach areas like the side of the nose.
- Eyeliner Brush
You should also invest in a good quality eyeliner brush which you can use to blend a pencil liner into your eyelash line, to make your eyes pop. Makeup experts recommend buying a small brush which is very firm and has a squared off tip.
- Foundation Brush
Instead of using the traditional foam to apply foundation, use a foundation brush which has a blend of natural and synthetic bristles. The tip should be flat with a contoured tip, and this will help you achieve flawless-looking skin in a natural way.
- Kabuki Brush
This is similar to a powder brush but is designed with more packed bristles. A kabuki brush can be used when applying foundation or bronzer.
- Lip Brush
If you love lipstick, you should definitely invest in a good lip brush. A good quality one has a firm but bendable tip, and is made from synthetic fibers.
- Powder Brush
A medium-sized powder blush with a slightly rounded head will help you dust powder only where needed. This includes areas like the nose, chin and forehead.
- Shadow Brush
An eyeshadow brush should be short – about 0.5 inch in height, with soft yet very densely-packed bristles. It should feel smooth and silky to the touch so that you can use it on the very sensitive eyelid area accordingly.
3. Do not discount drugstore makeup items.
The reason why designer makeup is more expensive than drugstore brands is that the big companies spend a lot of money on advertising. But when you break them down to the essentials, the ingredients of pricier makeup items are almost the same as drugstore brands.
It’s all a matter of finding out which color suits you, as well as the formulation and the use of the proper makeup brush. As such, do not discount drugstore makeup items because they’re as good as the more expensive ones you can buy from the mall.
4. Use what you already have.
You won’t believe how much makeup, cosmetics and toiletries you accumulate over the years. Instead of buying excessively, make an inventory of the items that you already have. Unless the items are already expired, use them. If you don’t like the lipstick or foundation shade, trade with a friend whose skin tone might be more suitable for the color of the makeup that you bought.
5. Once you find a cheap brand that suits you, buy in bulk.
You can save a lot of money by purchasing the cheap brand that you like in bulk. Just make sure to check on the expiration date so that you can still use the items in the future without them going bad.
6. Downgrade to less expensive makeup brands.
Again, just because a makeup brand is more popular than another does not make the cheaper brand any less good. The competition in the cosmetics industry is quite stiff, so you can easily find a cheaper substitute for whatever it is that you are currently splurging on.
7. Collect makeup samples.
Ask a makeup manufacturer to send you product samples, something which they are more than willing to do especially if they are putting out a brand new product in the market. Check out the official website so that you can sign up for free product samples to be sent out to you. You can also ask for samples at stalls in malls. If you like a product and you can’t find a cheaper substitute, that is the only time that you should buy.
8. Combine coupons with sales.
To save even more money on cosmetics, look for coupons online or cut them out from magazines. You can use the coupon codes when buying from makeup counters, and you can even use them if a store is on sale so that you can save even more money.
9. Choose makeup items which do a double duty.
There are makeup items that do double duty – for instance, a lip tint can also work as a blusher for the cheeks. A concealer can also work as a zit zapper. Choosing these double duty items will make you save money when buying cosmetics.
10. Remember that less is more.
Finally, remember that less is more. The less product you use, the longer your makeup items will last. Again, your goal is to highlight your best features instead of cover them up with too much makeup, so don’t overuse.
By following these tips, you can put your money on low-budget cosmetics without sacrificing on quality – and look your best all the time.