Cosmetics can be expensive, especially if you like to experiment and change up your look often. Even if you’re opting for some of the budget-friendly makeup options, the cost can still add up over the years. The following tips can help you save money on your purchases:
Ask for samples
Many cosmetics stores offer generous samples to customers, and sometimes all you have to do is ask for a sample of a product you want to try. Not only can these deluxe samples go a long way, but they give you a chance to try out a product first, so that you can be sure it’s something that agrees with you. This way, if you do decide to splurge, you know it’s worth the purchase.
Take advantage of the free or low-cost makeovers that are available at department store makeup counters and cosmetics stores. Professional makeup artists can help you create a look that highlights your best features, and can recommend products to you based on your skin tone and the look you’re going for. This takes a lot of guesswork out of your purchases, and can help ensure you buy the right cosmetics for your makeup collection.
Sign up for rewards
Many stores and brands offer their own loyalty programs for cosmetic purchases—from drug store beauty products to upscale luxury cosmetics. You can take advantage of some great perks by staying loyal to one specific store, like free products, exclusive discounts, and other goodies.
Opt for drugstore alternatives
Sometimes, you get what you pay for, and a cheaper drugstore alternative can mean less quality—not as long lasting, for example. But other times, ingredients are nearly identical—the only difference? The price tag. Research some of your favorite (but expensive) department store brands and products to find out if there are any comparable drugstore products that provide the same look, but for a fraction of the cost.
Research return policies
Some stores have very strict return policies when it comes to cosmetics, and once it’s opened, won’t allow returns. Other stores, however, have very flexible return policies and allow customers to return products, even if a noticeable amount is missing. Whenever you’re trying out a new product, especially if it’s expensive or you weren’t able to obtain a sample beforehand, be sure to purchase it from a store with a flexible return policy. This way, you can be sure you don’t waste money on cosmetics you know you won’t use, and your money is only spent on the stuff that you will use.
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Nothing above is meant to provide financial, tax, or legal advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.