How to Save on Makeup

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If you are a typical woman, you probably spend a good portion of money on makeup. It might be surprising, but you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on your favorite cosmetics. There are ways you can save on buying your go-to makeup products. Here are a few tips on doing just that.

Try Before You Buy

There is a little-known secret about makeup. Many brands and retailers allow you to try before you buy. You can get a few different cosmetics products you find interesting so that you can try them before you actually make a commitment to actually purchase them. This is a great way to save money on your makeup products. Some stores will even allow you to return makeup that you have used but didn’t like, such as if it turned out not to be a flattering color on you. In most cases, you can try makeup before you commit to buy it for a limited time, usually up to 14 days.

Shop for Sales

Of course, there are other ways you can save money on the makeup you buy other than simply the try before you buy method. One of the best things you can do is look for sales on the products of your choice. You can save money online shopping with brands that have online sales or you can go to your favorite stores to find great sales on cosmetics. Another thing you can do is to leverage rewards and membership cards. According to the experts at, brands such as Sephora offer deals by signing up for their programs.

If you’re a makeup lover, Sephora’s shopping secrets include signing up for the Beauty Insider loyalty card, which gets you rewards like classes and free gifts.”

it’s a great thing to take advantage of as you may not know what gifts they offer. 

If you are loyal to one or two particular brands, hold off on doing your shopping until you see them on sale. However, if you don’t have loyalty to any particular brand and are more of an adventurous type, you can shop for makeup that’s on sale from a variety of brands, including those you’ve never tried before. This serves a twofold benefit: it’s a great way to save money and discover new favorite makeup at the same time.

In addition, there is another benefit you can reap from shopping for sales. You can stock up on your makeup products when they are available at cheaper prices. That way, you won’t run out anytime soon.

Buy Only What You Need

Another way you can save money when you buy makeup is to only buy what you need when you need it. If you are running low on your favorite eyeshadow, lipstick or mascara, for example, you can buy that product and wait to buy others if you have a good stock at home. The best thing to do is buy an extra of any particular cosmetic when you are nearly out of the one you’re currently using. That way, you can have what you need while saving money.

Check Expiration Dates

It is also so important to always check the expiration dates on all your makeup products. Although some can conceivably last longer so you can continue using them, such as blush, other cosmetics can be bad for you if you keep using them past their expiration dates. For example, any makeup that goes on your eyes should be carefully scrutinized and thrown away by the time their expiration date has expired. Using products like mascara and eyeliner too long can put you at risk for health conditions like pink eye or an eye infection.

Liquid makeups can dry up by the time they expire, so you will want to keep an eye on them. Also, although you can keep using things like powder and blush, it’s important to know that once they’re expired, they can put you at risk for breakouts.

Also, when you shop, be sure to check the expiration dates on any makeup products you are considering buying.

These are some of the best ways to save money on your makeup. Your bank account will thank you for it.