Beauty on a Budget: How To Look Good Without Breaking the Bank

Whether your daily beauty and styling routine takes you five hours or five minutes, we’re all looking to save a little money where we can right? After all, the price of cosmetics, skincare, and even clothing are higher than ever with some brands even inflating prices to make up for losses during the past year. That means, to get the items we want, we’re sometimes having to spend more than we would have in pre-pandemic days. With this in mind, we decided to take an in-depth look at how we can begin saving more without sacrificing the beauty and styling regimens we love. 

From ingenious, time-saving beauty hacks and budget shopping to DIY makeup routines and thrifty styling tips. Get ready to look and feel amazing on a budget that makes sense for us all right now!

Make-up On a Budget

We’ve found countless ways to save money when it comes to your makeup. From shopping tips to DIY beauty and makeup hacks, these are a few of our favorites…

Makeup Shopping On A Budget

Once you start looking, you’ll see there are so many incredible deals out there to help you save money. For example, watch out for ‘buy one get one free’ offers. These are perfect for beauty products you adore, know you’ll use for years to come. and that don’t go out of date too quickly. 

Additionally, the world of online shopping is a godsend when it comes to price comparison. Shop around for the best prices on your makeup before ordering. This way you can be sure you’ve secured the lowest cost for those items before parting with your cash. 

Meanwhile, though you may be used to designer products and high-end makeup brands, if you’re currently on a leaner budget, drug store makeup is at the top of its game right now. Honestly, many of the products you can purchase there are almost a replica of higher priced cosmetics both in the way of ingredients and packaging. So never be afraid to try them out, just check out their reviews online first!

Do It Yourself

Next, let’s talk about DIY makeup tips. On those occasions where you might usually hire a makeup artist, consider learning to do your makeup yourself. 

We know it sounds scary, especially before events where you know there’ll be endless photographs taken of you. But, the internet is bursting at the seams with DIY beauty hacks and online tutorials from real women, all of whom have taught themselves to do their makeup like a pro. Find videos that work for you and that teach you step by step to create the special occasion looks that you love.

 It’s easier than you think and will save you so much money if you simply opt for DIY makeup for future weddings, work events, and parties!

Daily Budget Makeup Hacks

When it comes to everyday make-up, you can certainly save money there too. Of course, it’s much more likely you’re doing this yourself anyway and not relying on a professional! However, by simply introducing a few new, cost-friendly habits, you can literally save hundreds. 

Choose products you can use for more than one area of the face. This is a much more budget-friendly option, plus, it saves you time sifting through endless products in the morning and frees up some much-needed space in your purse. 

Another tip is to work out which product is the most important to you and go for the higher-end item in this area only. For example, if you know your whole look relies on a great base meaning you can’t possibly part with your favorite designer foundation, buy it. But, make sure you’re opting for budget-friendly options for the rest of your makeup routine to balance out its cost. 

Finally, one of our top beauty hacks for girls? Natural beauty hacks don’t get better than simply using less makeup. Take great care of your skin in important and cost-effective ways such as always applying sunscreen and drinking plenty of water (3.7 liters a day). Your skin will look and feel better and healthier meaning you’ll need to apply much less product!

At-Home Hair Coloring

Skincare and beauty hacks for the face are great, but what about our hair? When you’re trying to avoid pricey hair coloring at your favorite salon these beauty hacks are highly recommended. 

We totally understand why a permanent at-home box color might seem daunting. However, there is plenty of semi-permanent options out there too. These usually come in the same shade as the permanent color you want, so, give these a go first. You’ll get the coloring process down, plus, you can check you’re actually in love with the color before you commit to it in the long term.

If it’s just a case of tiding your locks over until your next paycheck (and subsequent hair color appointment) there are loads of amazing root touch-up sprays and powders on the market that can freshen up your color temporarily!

Styling On A Budget

If you’re anything like us, makeup’s not the only area you could afford to be cutting back a little. That’s right, we’re talking about our closets, and more importantly, the terrible habits we’ve picked up when it comes to stocking them!

Our advice? Thrift, thrift, thrift! Not only is it great for your bank balance, but it’s also much more sustainable and kinder to the environment. Search online and check out Google reviews to find the best thrift stores near you. This way you’re guaranteed to find some amazing pieces there, many even with designer labels. Social media is also a great place to find out about new locations for pre-loved clothes shopping too. 

Online stores like Poshmark are also highly recommended. They have great designer pieces for lower prices, many of which have only been worn a handful of times, if at all! You can also snag pieces there that you missed out on when they sold out online.

If you’re looking for something special or you simply prefer to buy your clothes brand new, shop, for example, Palm Beach Outlets, or try online sites such as Nordstrom Rack or 6 PM that offer high-end clothing at discounted prices. 

Pampering On A Budget

When we’re trying to save money, flitting off to the spa at a moment’s notice becomes a luxury we need (notice we didn’t say want) to cut out, at least temporarily. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy some of our favorite pampering treatments. It just means we need to be creative. Learn to do some of them ourselves at home and look for offers that make it possible for us to book appointments for less. 

Secure Yourself A Deal

Though you might have a spa you know and love to visit, supporting a local business is a great way to invest in your community. What’s more, you’ll likely find that many of these spas will offer special discounts for your first visit, seasonal offers, friend referrals, and more. Don’t be afraid to shop around and save a little in the process. 

Alternatively, Stick With What You Know

We realize it sounds contradictory after we just told you to shop around, but, it’s always worth checking with your regular spas and salons whether they offer any kind of loyalty program, birthday offers, or seasonal discounts to regular customers. If they do, choosing to stick with your favorite place is a win-win. They’re guaranteed your business, and you get money off your treatments in return!

Don’t Be Fooled By Advertising

Not always, but a lot of the time, if a spa offer sounds too good to be true, it’s probably because it is. If a treatment sounds way too inexpensive or the advertised appointment time doesn’t align with the treatment you’re getting, make absolutely certain to go and read the business’s reviews. 

Most of the time you’ll find the real information you need here. Why? Because real people are commenting on their real experiences. We even suggest taking a good look through their social media feeds. See what previous clients are saying about them, even reach out to those clients if you can, and ask what their experience was like before making any appointments, and certainly before parting with any money!

Now that you’ve read through all of our top tips on how to be a more budget-conscious beauty enthusiast, we hope you’re feeling better equipped and more confident than ever that you can make it successfully through these financially trying times. What’s more, we hope you’ll do so feeling as beautiful and stylish as ever. You’ve got this, we know you do!