With the price of cosmetics continually on the rise, makeup can become an expensive hobby! But it doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to get your hands on beautiful makeup products without spending the bank. Here are a few ideas:
1. Go to the drug store
here you can find plenty of great quality makeup at cheap prices. Some of my favourite inexpensive brands are: Rimmel London, Max Factor, Milani, Maybelline, Barry M, and Revlon. After all, they wouldn’t have stayed so long in business if their products weren’t any good.
2. Trade makeup
If you have some makeup products that you don’t use, you can always swap them and get new items in return. You can trade with your friends or with other beauty junkies online. There are many makeup forums on the web that also have a swap section. Who doesn’t know Makeup Alley for instance?
3. Get a loyalty card
Many stores, like Boots and Sephora, have loyalty cards. Anyone can apply for them for free. Every time you buy something in the stores, they give you points that you can accumulate and, once a certain target has been reached, can be used to get anything sold in these shops for free. They also let you take advantage of special offers reserved to loyalty cards members only.
Here you can find expensive makeup at very cheap prices. Some people are also selling makeup in big bundles. Ebay is also a great source to buy products there aren’t available in your country. However, be careful as some people sell fake cosmetics, so make sure you check their feedback before buying anything.
5. Go to stores that sell makeup as a side business
Stores that specialize in makeup sell it for a higher price than stores that specialize in other things. Claire’s is most known for their accessories, while La Senza specializes in underwear but they also sell makeup. Their prices are cheap and they also have regular sales and promotions on their items.
6. Look for promo codes
If you’re going to buy online, always look for promotional codes, discount codes and vouchers before placing an order. These codes will give you a discount off the retail price.
7. Buy magazines
There are many magazines that come with makeup products, so make sure you look for them carefully the next time you go to a newsagent’s. And they’re not always sachets. Often, they come with travel sizes, generous samples or even full size products!
8. Hold a makeup party
Find a local representative for brands like Avon or Mary Kay and they will help you set up a makeup party. Makeup party hosts get lots of samples and at a discount, too. The more your friends buy, the higher the discount, so make sure to invite lots of people. This is a great way to get lots of products at a cheap price and also have fun with your friends and maybe make new ones.
Thanks to my friend Trisha for inspiring this post.
What inexpensive ways do you use it to get makeup?