As much as I love beauty products and playing around with makeup, it is not the cheapest of pass times. Over the years, I have developed a few beauty tips and tricks that not only save time but money as well; both of which are precious to a university student on a budget.
Use lotion as makeup remover. I usually remove most of my makeup in the shower with soap and water. However, when I get out of my shower, there always tends to be makeup left over around my eye area, since I do not like scrubbing soap too close to my eyes. So, I apply lotion all over my face, and with a Q-tip, I clean any residue from around my eyes. Not only is my face fresh and clean, but moisturized as well! Any lotion works for this, but my favourite is THIS ONE.
Use body soap/shampoo instead of shaving cream. Having to buy shaving cream is a waste of time and money. Not only do I have to look for an extra product, but I am paying for something that can exclusively only be used for shaving. Replacing it with soap or shampoo serves the same purpose: to create a slippery texture on your skin so that the razor will glide and catch the hairs. Conditioner can be used as well, but I find conditioner too expensive and precious to waste on hair removal.
Use a men’s razor for a closer and smoother shave. Men’s razors are designed for coarser and thicker hair removal, and shave much better than a women’s razor. They still have the same features, including the lubricating strip, finer and thinner blades for less tug and pull, and a rotating axis to get those hard to reach places (ex: behind the knees). Even better, they are cheaper too!
Use bronzer as a substitute for eyeshadow. Bronzer is a highly pigmented product that comes in different finishes, such as matte, shimmer, frost, pearl, and cream. Since it is used on the face for contouring and is a product that is meant to be blended, it can alternatively be used as eyeshadow for the eye lids. It creates such a deep warm colour and blends really well. Not only am I saving time looking for eye shadows, but I am also putting money into a single multi-purpose product.
Use lotion instead of a face primer. Being on a tight budget, I could never justify spending so much money on a primer that you would not even see on my skin. However, I knew I needed some kind of base for my makeup to stay on properly. Lotion not only moisturizes your skin, but helps the makeup to stick to your face for a longer-lasting look. My whole life I thought I was the only one who did this, but I found out this year that James Charles (amazing makeup artist!) does this too! Again, I use THIS lotion.
Use shampoo to clean makeup brushes. Shampoo is meant to remove excess oils and grim from your hair, while still be gentle as to not irritate the skin. It also helps with hair luster and manageability. The best makeup brushes are made with natural hair, as they move freely, allowing you to pick up enough product and blend it in nicely. They create a better application and are more durable than synthetic brushes. Cleaning them with shampoo will give those hairs the same benefits as with your own hair, and still really removes any excess makeup from them, leaving them squeaky clean!
Buy in bulk. Definitely my favourite method of saving money. I typically only make purchases if the item is on sale. If I know it is a product I will be using long-term or is one that I really like, I will buy a larger quantity of that discount item. It may seem like more work and you will for sure use up more storage, but you end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Moreover, if you are shopping online, buying in bulk almost always qualifies you for free shipping! It is a win-win!