How to Get a Dream Makeup Look on a Shoestring Budget

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Makeup can seem like a complicated and expensive task. If you’re a college student, you’re just getting started on your own, or you’re a bit down on your luck and don’t have much extra money, it may feel like makeup is an unattainable luxury. It doesn’t have to be that way!

In fact, there are plenty of ways to get the makeup look you’ve been hoping for while also maintaining your minimal budget. You just have to make sure you’re doing things right. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to maintaining the perfect face of makeup, no matter how much money you have to invest in it.

Buy the Basics

There are some basic makeup products that you should have to make sure you’re creating great looks every time. These basics aren’t that expensive, especially if you’re smart about where and when you buy them. By purchasing the same basic makeup products and making sure you always have these base products available, you’ll develop a routine that’ll help you create bombshell looks every time.

Occasionally Treat Yourself to Something New

Whether you’re a student or just someone who’s pinching pennies, you need to create a budget. In that budget, try carving out a small number for beauty. If you need to replace a product and it eats up your beauty budget, no worries. However, if you make it to the end of the month without having to spend that money at all, buy something nice, such as a colored liner or special lipstick shade. You’ll slowly accumulate a makeup cabinet to be proud of.

Be Diligent About Skin Care

You need to make sure you’re taking care of your skin because that’s what decides everything else about your makeup. With a good skin care routine, you’ll need to use less makeup to keep yourself looking just as good. Plus, maintaining good skin care is an important step to making sure your skin stays healthy over time.

Buy the Right Products

Before you make any makeup purchase, do your research. Some products work best with certain types of skin; some products have shorter shelf lives than others do; and some you can find at different retailers for a less expensive price. There are all sorts of things that will impact how you purchase your beauty products. Even if you’re certain about what things you want to put in your makeup bag, don’t buy your basics without putting some genuine thought into it.

Don’t Waste Money on Low-quality Items

The lowest-priced item isn’t always the best value, and nowhere is that more apparent than with makeup. When it comes to makeup, quality needs to be your first thought. If you buy low-quality products, the result is going to look cheap, no matter how good you are at application. Plus, low-quality products that have toxic chemicals and other fillers are bad for your skin, which can have genuine long-lasting effects. Make sure you only buy high-quality products, even when you’re on a budget.

Take Good Care of Your Products

If you’ve purchased a makeup sponge that costs $20, the last thing you want to do is store it improperly. Remember to check the instructions for the makeup products you buy and use them appropriately. You should also pay attention to cleaning products such as brushes. Whether you clean them with soap and water or you use a brush cleaner, keeping your brushes clean will enhance their longevity, ensure you get the best result, and improve your skin quality.


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It’s important to keep around all the important makeup you need to look your best every day, but you might not actually need as much as you think you do. Even if you have a small beauty budget, you’re always able to create gorgeous makeup looks with the products that you do have.

If you’ve realized that you’re incredible at creating truly stunning beauty looks even with a limited number of products, you may want to pursue that passion. With the cosmetology program at Ogle School, you’ll be able to learn more about makeup and skin care, allowing you to turn your love of makeup into a viable career.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.