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Look Beautiful on a Budget – 5 Great Makeup Tips

If you envy celebrities with their armies of hair and makeup artists and an unlimited beauty budget, you might be feeling like you could never achieve a similar look on your budget. The great news however is that makeup doesn’t have to be expensive to look fantastic. The key is to know how to apply it properly, plus there are plenty of tips and tricks that can leave your friends wondering if you have suddenly swapped your budget brand makeup in for something much more high end…

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Tip 1: Store Nail Varnish in the Fridge

Whilst expensive nail varnishes may come packaged in a prettier bottle, the truth is that there is very little difference between cheap and expensive brands when it comes to what’s inside. High priced nail polish is just as likely to flake and chip as cheaper brands. With pretty much any colour that you can think of available from a discount brand, it is a waste of money to go for expensive options when cheaper ones will do the job just as well.

One little known trick is to store your nail varnishes in the fridge. Keeping them cold will make them extra glossy for truly A-list nails. On the other hand, if your nail varnish is thick or gummy, a couple of quick solutions are to either warm it up in a bowl of hot water before application or to add a drop of two of nail varnish remover which will thin it down instantly.

Tip 2: Make Use of Tester Products

In-store makeup displays offer testers for a reason. The worst thing that you can do when trying to save money on cosmetics is to buy something, only to find that it doesn’t suit you and you can’t get a refund now you’ve used it. If testers are available always try them out on the back of your hand to be sure that what you are buying will suit your skin tone and look as you want it to – certain lip glosses for example have a knack for looking colourful in the tube but colourless when worn!

Tip 3: Get a Free Makeover

Many makeup counters in large department stores will be more than happy to give you a free makeover if they are not too busy as this is a great way to show you just how good you look and encourage you to make a purchase from them. Of course, there is nothing that says you have to buy from them so do not feel pressured to do so. A makeover can simply be a way of finding colours you may not have tried before, meaning you can then buy products in new shades from the cheaper brands.

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Tip 4:  Buy Online

With fewer overheads to pay and much fiercer competition, the majority of online makeup stores offer much lower prices that you would expect to pay in store. It is quick and easy to find what you are looking for online and to compare prices of products at rivaling stores. Try this when out shopping and you will find yourself doing a lot of walking between shops! The Internet is by far the best place to find a great deal on makeup.

Tip 5: Go For 2-in-1 Items

Another great money-saving tip is to choose from the wide range of 2-in-1 makeup options available nowadays, effectively halving what you need to spend. From lip and cheek tints to highlighter pens that can be used on dark eye circles, brow bones and cheeks, there are plenty of multifunctional makeup products available to those who look for them. 

Good makeup doesn’t have to cost the earth. It takes time and patience to shop around for the right products to suit you, but it doesn’t have to break your bank balance. I suggest you get online and start browsing for what you want. Cheap does not equate to unethical.

Do you have any tips or stories? We’d love to hear them!


Estelle Puleston blogs about everything health and beauty related. As a student she developed an addiction to buying cheap makeup online and learnt some great tricks on how to expertly apply these cosmetics.

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