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Affordable make up tips

by frugalista on August 5, 2008

A recession has hit the blogosphere! Excellent beauty bloggers Product Junkie Diva and Clumps of Mascara are on make-up restriction.
Several beauty bloggers are staying out of Sephora and missing M.A.C. to save some money. Instead of purchasing more make up, they are reviewing and using the seemingly endless supply of beauty products that they already own. Or, they are only buying items they love. No more impulse buying. You know I’m one for frugalizing. Blogger Coup de Coeur just completed a product probation. I wonder how much she saved!

The beauty blogger spending strike makes me think about my own make up habits. I don’t have an addiction to the stuff, but I wear it more now that I’m doing TV and video appearances. Make up can be expensive. One of my coworkers marveled at how his girlfriend spent $80 on a few make up brushes and blush at Sephora. I mainly wear M.A.C. make up and that’s never going to change. It’s not the cheapest, but I love the $26 studio fix and the $14 lip glass. I also recycle the containers to save money.

Here are some make up items that work just great on the affordable tip:

*Full Definition Voluminous Mascara from Loreal: $4.99 to $8 (price depends on if you buy it from Wal-Mart or a drugstore)

*Rimmel SpecialEyes Eye Liner Pencil: $2.49

*Sonia Kashuk’s (Yay Target!) Purse Brush Set: $12.99

Alas, I am a mere babe in beauty. I asked for some help in the affordable make up tip department from Mikki Taylor, Beauty and Cover Director, Essence Magazine, and Host of TV One’s Makeover Manor. Ms. Mikki is a big name in beauty, so I am honored to have her do a guest post!

Here’s Ms. Mikki’s guest blog:

Mikkimediumleaningback I’m a “Drugstore Queen” and having tested a lot of products, I know where to splurge and where to be frugal!  I say hit the aisles for mascara, lip gloss and liners!  As for frugal updates to your look, put first things first: map it out. Ask yourself what is the one thing you’d like to change and then shop it.

        If you’d like to experiment with color on your lips — hit the big chains like Target, which features the professional makeup line by makeup artist Sonia Kashuk or Walgreen’s, which features a host of lines, and “press play” at those prices that you can afford to work it out without breaking the bank. There are increasingly lip gloss and lipstick lines creating fantastic, affordable, longer wear products that enable you to get more wear out of them. I always caution, however, that just because the product lasts for more than a year, you shouldn’t hold on to them forever. Most products lose their effectiveness after about a year — some, like mascara which makeup artists recommend tossing after 6 weeks due to bacteria, should be discarded sooner as their preservatives lose their effectiveness. So while you’re getting a product that you can get more use out of, also be mindful that there is such a thing as an "expiration date" even for your make-up.

        If it’s a new look for your eyes that you’re after, be the editor and put together a mini “look book” of eye styles that you like. Browse affordable lines like Elf Cosmetics where everything is a dollar — can’t beat that — and make it happen. Also, try to select products that have multi-use features. For instance, there are make-up lines that offer a clear gel mascara, which can work for either day or night on your lashes without being too dramatic, but also may serve as a brow gel in a pinch when you need to do some last minute, on-the-go grooming.

        We all know that the first step to a great look is taking care of our skin. If your skin glows, you’re already on your way to the look you want.  But skincare can also be expensive, right?  By the time you buy cleanser, toner, eye cream, masque, exfoliator, and moisturizer, the charges you’ve racked up can be to the tune of hundreds of dollars. But for the fabulously frugal girls, there are some solutions for you. Skin care doesn’t have to be expensive in order to be effective. It’s important to find a line that addresses your skin type and whatever problems you’re having with your skin. It’s best to see a dermatologist or consult an aesthetician to determine what’s essential.  The basics tend to be cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Some lines like Laura Mercier (although not found in drugstores, but in select department stores) even have a one-step cleanser which retails for about $35.00 that is a cleanser, eye makeup remover, and toner all in one.

What are some of your affordable make up tips? Do you find yourself buying less make up in this economy? Talk to me!

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