As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, and with Christmas just around the corner, many people are feeling the financial pressures.
The price of an extensive beauty and skincare routine can soon begin to add up, particularly if you’re using multiple different products from top brands. Inflation has reached 10.7% in the UK and 7.1% in the US, and is affecting all industries – including beauty.
If you are looking to maintain your glam look without having to splash huge amounts of cash, there are plenty of ways to cut costs. Discount Expert at WeThrift Nick Drewe has outlined useful tips on how to save money on beauty products, without having to make too many compromises to your daily beauty routine.
Shop for dupe products
It can be tempting to splash the cash on the most expensive beauty products, especially if they’ve been endorsed by social media influencers. However, going for the less expensive products doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality will suffer immensely.
Budget high-street retailers, such as Aldi, offer great ‘dupe’ products of some of the most expensive beauty brands. Purchasing similar products of your favourite beauty and skincare products is a great way to look and feel good without breaking the bank.
Streamline your beauty routine
Minimising the steps within your beauty and skincare regime is an ideal way to cut back on costs. It can be tempting to follow trends which entail multi-step regimes and feature a range of different products. The cost of these in an extensive routine can soon begin to add up.
When it comes to skincare, sometimes less is more. Mixing products that contain overlapping active ingredients may actually be damaging your protective skin layer, doing more harm than good. Cutting back on the number of products in your routine will not only benefit your skin, but it will also benefit your bank balance too.
Purchase multi-use products
Another way to cut back on the number of beauty products you’re purchasing is to opt for multi-use products. 2-in-1 beauty products are growing in popularity. In fact, the #2in1makeup hashtag on TikTok has received over 10.1 million views.
From moisturisers containing SPF, to 2-in-1 foundations and concealers, these multi-use products are ideal for cutting back on the number of beauty purchases you’re making.
Buy refillable products
Be kind to the planet while also being kind to your bank balance, by opting for refillable products. These are great from a sustainability perspective, and you might also find that products that come in refillable packaging are often cheaper than single-use beauty buys. Many of your favourite beauty, skincare, shampoo brands and beyond now offer refills at in-store collection points.
Purchase individual eye shadows
Purchasing large makeup palettes that feature multiple different shades is great but only if you are making use of the varying different colours. However, if you only tend to stick to the same colours, and are leaving the rest untouched, this can be a large sum of money on a product that isn’t being used. Instead, why not opt for purchasing individual products in the colours that you are actually using? Not only is this more cost-effective, it also reduces waste.
Utilise beauty training schools
Everybody loves a little TLC, particularly when it comes to feeling glam around Christmas time. But the costs of visiting the local salon can soon begin to pile up. That being said, a cost-effective way to still look and feel glam on a budget is to visit beauty training schools. The practitioners who are studying the trade can offer you beauty treatments for a very discounted price, or in some cases, you may even be offered the treatment for free.
Use loyalty points and gift cards
The overall cost of multiple different beauty and skincare products can soon begin to mount. A way to shop smarter and save yourself some cash on your beauty regime is to utilise loyalty points. If you shop at these stores regularly, a loyalty account is an ideal way to bank points and save yourself plenty of money in the long run.
Also, check to see if you have any old gift cards or vouchers that are unused that you could use to get money off, or even get your beauty products for free. Be sure to always check the expiration dates before you buy.
Samples are another ideal way to shop smarter and to minimise any waste products as part of your beauty regime. Plenty of brands and retailers offer free samples of products for you to try before you buy. This will save you from making expensive purchases of products that you later realise you don’t want, are poor quality, or are not suitable for you.
Follow online makeup tutorials
Sometimes, you may find that your makeup products are not lasting as long as you’d expect, and are often having to buy more. This could be down to application methods. ‘Less is more’ can often be the best approach to some makeup techniques.
Online tutorials on TikTok and YouTube are often an ideal way to learn how to get the maximum effect of your products. In fact, the #makeuphacks hashtag on TikTok has received a staggering 24.2 billion views, highlighting how it’s the go-to place for learning new methods.
Signing up for beauty subscription boxes is another ideal way of cutting the cost of your products. Typically, these products work out cheaper as they avoid the shelf markup prices that are applied when they hit the shelves in retail stores. Subscription boxes will also allow you to access the latest sample-size products, usually before they’re stocked in stores.
Shop for deals and discounts on your favourite products
Again, be smart when purchasing the products as part of your hair and beauty regime. Research different retailers and keep a keen eye out for products that are on sale. Take advantage of them being on sale, and bulk purchase a large quantity for a discount price.