Save Money by Using Less Makeup
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Save Money by Using Less Makeup

Posted on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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save moneyYou can save money on makeup if you use less of it. It is a lot easier to do than you might think! You don’t necessarily have to go “cold turkey” (unless you want to). Using a little bit less of your makeup each day will make your cosmetics last longer.

Go on a Makeup “Fast”
This is the most extreme way to save money on makeup! Select a specific amount of time and force yourself to use absolutely zero makeup until after the deadline passes. Some women choose to do this for 40 days, or decide to give up makeup for Lent. Others take a break from makeup in November (when the guys are doing “Movember”). You could choose to do this as a New Year’s Resolution!

The main purpose of the makeup “fast” is to build your self-confidence. You learn to become comfortable going out in public with no makeup on. Meanwhile, your makeup sits and waits until the “fast” is over. You won’t need to spend money on makeup that entire time. When you are done, you may find that you don’t want to continue with your previous makeup routine. Google “40 days no makeup” for more details.

Use a Makeup Sponge
Are you using your fingers to apply liquid foundation to your face? Its time to start using a makeup sponge instead. Most of us don’t take the time to wash our hands before we put on makeup – especially if we are trying to do it at work or school.

A makeup sponge can help cut down on the bacteria that can form in your foundation. Bacteria can make cosmetics smell funny and expire faster. Using a makeup sponge also helps you apply your foundation very smoothly. You won’t have to use as much as before!

Double Duty
Powdered blush can double as eye shadow. Lipstick can be applied as a cream blush. Look for a foundation that also includes sun protection. Consider an all-in-one shampoo and conditioner. Some women mix their foundation with moisturizer. Using one type of cosmetic for more than one purpose prevents you from having to buy additional makeup.

Select Neutral Tones
Choose cosmetics that are in neutral tones. They are going to go well with whatever you wear, and will give you a classic look that is always in season. How often are you really going to wear the brightly colored eye shadow that you bought on impulse around Halloween, anyway? You will get a lot more use out of the neutral tones.

Wear Gloves for Chores
One of the quickest ways to ruin a manicure is to wash dishes, scrub floors, pull weeds, or do other types of “hands-on” chores. You can protect your nails (and the color that is on them) if you wear gloves. Use plastic gloves for dishes, and gardening gloves for outdoor work. This will prevent chipping and make your nail polish last longer. You won’t have to go back to the nail salon as often!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.