When it comes to your beauty budget, we understand how important it is to stretch every dollar. Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than opening up and testing out a new facial serum, eye cream, or mascara, but other times, it pays to save where you can on certain beauty products. From multi-tasking skin care products to maximizing time between salon and spa visits, we’ve rounded up our best advice on affordable beauty. Follow these tried and true, beauty editor-approved tips to get the most bang for your buck.
Budget Beauty tip #1: Refresh, Don’t Redo
Rather than completely re-doing your face makeup before a night out, save time and money by refreshing it with a lightweight powder, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder. If you have oily skin, try a powder with a matte finish, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder.
The same thing goes for hair; when you don’t have the time (or energy!) to start from scratch, preserve your hairstyle by refreshing with a few spritzes of a dry shampoo, like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo.
Budget Beauty tip #2: Rely on Multi-Taskers
Why buy multiple products for different skin concerns, when you can use one that boasts numerous beauty benefits? To stretch your skin care budget, use products that multi-task, such as a facial moisturizer that contains SPF and is also formulated to fight wrinkles, like the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Day Cream SPF 25. Another place where you can multi-task is with your cleanser; rather than buy separate facial cleansers and makeup removers, reach for a micellar water, which can do both jobs! Try the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, letting it serve as your morning and evening facial cleanser and your eye makeup remover.
When it comes to hair styling, leave-in hair creams and serums that deliver multiple benefits are another good option for saving money (and space in your medicine cabinet!). Before heat styling, use a product that preps and protects hair for hot tools and also continues to fight frizz and shield against humidity long after you’re done styling. The L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream fits the bill!
Budget Beauty tip #3: Pick up Palettes
If purchasing multiple single-shade eye shadows is taking a toll on your wallet, go for an eye makeup palette instead. Find a palette that contains many different colors in various finishes, like matte and shimmer, so you can achieve endless makeup looks with just one product. Try the L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette, which comes with 12 different shades (and smells amazing, too!).
Eyeshadow isn’t the only makeup product that comes in palette form. Face makeup palettes are another great option for saving a little dough. Instead of buying a multitude of highlighters to get your glow on, find a palette that has everything you need. Try the L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette, which comes with four different highlighter shades to create a multi-dimensional glow. To easily conceal, contour, and define like a pro, try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit. Instead of buying separate concealer shades to contour, this contains everything you need to get the job done in a single, all-in-one product. Genius!
Budget Beauty tip #4: DIY Spa Services
When regular facials at the spa aren’t an option, why not DIY a spa session with an overnight skin treatment or mask, like the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask? With potent hydrating ingredients like Pro-Xylane, you’ll wake up looking like you just stepped out of a professional facial treatment—for a fraction of the cost! Just like a facial, you can choose a night cream that addresses whatever your skin type and concerns are. If anti-aging is your primary skin care focus, try a firming, wrinkle-reducing cream with Pro-Retinol, such as the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream.
Budget Beauty tip #5: DELAY SALON VISITS
Getting your hair colored professionally, typically every four to six weeks, can add up quickly. Maximize the time between your salon visits by using a root touch-up spray, like the L'Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Spray, when you begin to notice your roots showing. If your roots are showing more prominently or going completely gray but you aren’t able to re-color, either in-salon or at-home, use the L'Oréal Paris Root Rescue. This 10-minute treatment matches seamlessly with both at-home and salon hair color, whatever your shade, saving you both time and money.
Budget Beauty tip #6: TRAVEL SMART
Purchase a set of reusable travel-sized toiletry bottles—they’re inexpensive and they allow you to use the products you’ve already got! Buying new individual, travel-sized hair and skin products can add up fast, not to mention, reusable ones are much better for the environment. It’s a win-win!
Budget Beauty tip #7: USE IT ALL
Have old lipsticks lying around but craving a new lip color? Why not go ahead and use what you’ve already got to create your very own custom lip palette! (Read our article How to Curate the Perfect Lip Palette for step-by-step instructions.) Similarly, if you’re running low on your favorite product but waiting for your next paycheck before repurchasing (same), use a small spatula to scrape out all the very last remnants. Or, if your product is in a plastic tube or container, cut the top off! Scrape out everything that’s left and transfer into a small jar so nothing goes to waste.
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