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Last time, I talked about how to save money on more expensive makeup. Now we’re going to talk about how to stretch the life of that makeup and other beauty products. After all, if you’re going to spend the money, you want to make them last.

Here are a just a few of the ways I’ve found to increase the life of my makeup and save money in the process:

Use only what you need. Saying this reminds me of what Lone Star says to Princess Vespa “Take only what you need to survive” but it’s true. A little bit goes a long way, and the less you wear, the less you use. Also, by using less, you wind up enhancing your looks rather than looking like cast off from Ringling Bros. Clown School. As a subcategory to this, I suggest you only buy what are going to wear. While this doesn’t exactly stretch the life of your products, there’s no sense in buying neon yellow eye shadow just because you think you might wear it one day.

Pay attention to expiration dates. I didn’t know this until recently but you know that number on shampoo bottles and some perfumes that is typically on the back of the bottle, under the ingredients? That’s an expiration date. Typically, these dates are on products that are more plant-based or natural based (think Aveda or The Body Shop). It’s really important to pay attention to these for a few reasons. One, you don’t want to use an expired product because you don’t know the effect it can have on your skin or hair. Two, you want to make sure that you finish the product before it expires; if you can’t finish the product before the expiration date, you’ve wasted money.  And three, the expiration date will affect the frequency with which you use a product (ex., if I have a foundation with a 6 month shelf-life, I’m going to buy a smaller bottle and use it every day).

Squeeze out every last drop. I’m not suggesting that you water down your shampoo or cut open a tube of toothpaste but turning a bottle upside down does stretch the life of a product. I do this with my lotion from Bath and Body Works. By doing this, I have been able to use a bottle for at least a week (or more!) longer. I’ve also opened my foundation bottle and been able to access what was left in the bottle that the little straw thing couldn’t get to. At $29.50 a bottle, you can bet I’m getting out every last drop! This post also has some great ways to get that last bit.

Buy the right tools. I know this seems counter intuitive in a post about saving money but if you have good brushes or a good base and top coat, you will be surprised not only at how long your makeup and nail polish will last, post-application but it stretches the life of the products as well. I recently bought a great base coat for my nail polish and now I can go about 10-14 days in between doing my nails. This means that my nail polish is going to last longer, saving me money.

Store your makeup appropriately. It’s crucial that you make sure your makeup and nail polish are stored accordingly. Leaving $15 lip stick in a hot car is not only a bad idea but it’s a huge pain to clean up. If your makeup is stored incorrectly, it can compromise the integrity of the product leading to breakouts or something worse.  Additionally, by storing your makeup in the right places, it can stretch the life of the product far beyond what you would typically think (ex., storing nail polish, upright, in the fridge will reduce discoloration).

What tips do you have for saving money and making your beauty products last? 

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/02/2012

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