7 makeup money saving tips
Style isn’t cheap. The average woman spends $15,000 on cosmetics and beauty products in her life, according to InStyle. When you think about it, that number is enough to bring tears to your eyes — but don’t! Or your mascara will run, and that’s more money out of your pocket.
We can’t stand the idea of dropping that much dough to look polished and put together, which is why we’re savvy with our makeup.
Here are seven easy ways to save big money on your makeup.
1. Never pay full price for products:
It’s ridiculous to pay full price for anything when it’s so easy to get Cash Back. Many popular cosmetics websites offer Cash Back through ShopAtHome.com. That money is automatically tallied when you redirect from the ShopAtHome.com website. Add to that the many coupons and discount codes you can find online, and there’s really no excuse to pay full price.
Among our favorite Cash Back options:
Sephora.com: 4 percent Cash Back and 50 ShopGold points
Ulta.com: both offer 4 percent Cash Back and 50 ShopGold points.
Clinique.com: 4 percent Cash Back and 50 ShopGold points, plus a free skincare trio on any order of $25 or more.
Avon.com: 6 percent Cash Back for a limited time and 50 ShopGold points.
2. Use natural cinnamon oil to pucker your pout:
Lip plumpers can be pricey, but Mother Nature’s cinnamon can give the same results. Find cinnamon oil at health food stores, or even at Walmart.com for under $7. Just make sure the kind you get is safe to put on your lips. Now Cinnamon Cassia Oil, $6.99 (plus Cash Back), GNC.com
3. Recycle for freebies.:
Did you know you can recycle your old Mac containers to earn free lipstick at Mac stores? Save them up and you can save some cash.
4. Make it from scratch:
There are many products you can make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Make brush cleaner out of olive oil and dishwasher soap. Use shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil and peppermint oil to make a natural shaving cream. Make a lotion bar out of coconut oil, almond oil and beeswax. Make your own luxurious bubble bath with a few drops of essential oil, like lavender, mixed with unscented castile soap, water and liquid glycerin.
5. Baby shampoo is gentle enough for your eyes:
They call it no-tears shampoo for a reason. It won’t hurt your eyes. And it will effectively remove your eye makeup. Skip the pricey oil-free eye makeup remover and instead pick up a large container of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. Mix ½ teaspoon with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and some water. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, $4.92 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com
6. Save your favorite wands:
We often pay more for fancier mascara wands, whereas the product itself is nothing spectacular. Save your favorite mascara wand from a pricier brand and reuse it with cheaper mascara.
7. Save your samples:
Many beauty websites send free samples with an online order. Don’t toss them or lose them in the shuffle of your bathroom. Save them in a special box in your pantry to pull out when you’re running low. Who knows? You may find your next favorite product that way.