How To Buy Makeup Without Wasting Money


 There are three types of people in the world: those who spend money on fashion, those who spend money on beauty, and the ones that #Yolo and spend money on both. If you come under either of the latter categories, I feel you.

It’s easy to waste money on beauty products that don’t work or just didn’t agree with your skin type. At my house, I have a product graveyard for various concoctions that didn’t work out. I cringe thinking of the dollar value of it all, while it sits untouched and accumulating dust.

In the spirit of being financially savvy, here are a few steps you can take before making a beauty purchase that can significantly reduce regretful purchases.

Step 1.

You have decided that you need a certain product or product type. Before you go spending dollars that you may or may not have, you pretty much need to do the equivalent of a beauty background check. Set aside some time, maybe get a pen and paper and jump on the net.

Step 2. Follow Blogs That You Trust.

Visit your favorite beauty blogs and see if there are any reviews on the product or type of product you are thinking about. Many beauty blogs were started because there was a lack of reliable information on makeup and skincare and beauty enthusiasts wanted to share real experiences with fellow consumers. This is a great place to start.

Step 3. Product Reviews.

There is an amazing website called Makeup Alley which is an online community dedicated to providing consumer-to-consumer information on beauty products. The product reviews section has more than 2.5 million reviews of 150,000 products worldwide. I never buy a product without checking its rating on Makeup Alley. There is even an app for your phone so you can check products while you shop.



Step 4. Personal ExperienceTake note of how your skin reacts to certain products, especially ones that didn’t work for you. Every one is different and what works for you may not work for someone else. If you tend to break out after using products that contain sesame oil, check the ingredients list and make sure that’s not in there before you make a purchase.

Step 5. Samples

The up side to buying products in person is that you can ask for samples and try before you buy. If you keep the rest of your regime consistent and after trying your sample for a few days you have a reaction, that product is obviously not the right fit for you.

Hopefully these tips will help you make better choices. For the occasional impulse purchase, here is some justification: An expensive handbag or dress might look great for a few months to years, but you only have one face to look at for the rest of your life.

Happy hunting!

Written by Sophie Howe.