When you visit a department store, affordable beauty seems out of the question. But if keep your wits about you, your beauty regime doesn’t have to suffer. There are easy ways to stretch your budget and make it go a long way – and keep your body beautiful at the same time! Check out my top budget beauty secrets and see for yourself.
Easy budget beauty tips
- My all-time, number 1 beauty secret? Drink more water! Try replacing any sodas and caffeinated beverages you drink throughout the day with water or herbal teas. Being well-hydrated means that your skin is less prone to ageing.
- Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. I know that when I eat junk food or drink too much alcohol, it shows up terribly in my skin. I feel and look my best when I’ve been eating healthy.
- Make sure you exercise regularly. Exercise helps the blood flow through the body and bring oxygen to your organs – including your largest organ, your skin! You might notice some weight loss, too.
- Try doing homemade facials and hair treatments once a week. Don’t bother buying expensive chemical-laden products – check out our beautiful homemade recipes for having a relaxing day spa at home.
- Do your own manicures and pedicures at home. It’s not worth spending a ridiculous amount at the salon for something you can easily do yourself. If you’re not confident with a nail polish brush, check out YouTube for tips on how to paint your nails.
Budget make-up tips
- Don’t waste foundation by pouring too much out of the bottle every time. Use it sparingly – once you’ve started drinking more water, eating healthier and exercising, you’ll notice you don’t need as much foundation anyway, as your skin will be glowing! Use the minimum amount you need to even out your skin tone and blend it well into the skin.
- Go for an inexpensive lip liner. Lip liner is an easy way to change up your look without breaking the bank, because cheap drugstore lip liners are just as good as the more expensive ones. To save even more money, I often use it all over my lips in place of lipstick.
- Try a cheaper mascara. I’ve found that there is little difference in different brands of mascara, it’s just the brushes that make the difference. If you’ve already got an expensive one with a brush that you like, try cleaning the brush and using it with a cheaper brand. You won’t even notice the difference!
Budget hair tips
- Don’t spend a lot of money on an expensive shampoo – they usually have the same type of ingredients as a more budget brand. All you really need from a shampoo is a good clean.
- When shopping for conditioner, try looking at the dollar store. They often have big name brands at a fraction of the price you’d pay at a beauty supply store.
- Don’t wash your hair as often. Instead of washing your hair every day or every other day, try washing it every 3 or 4 days. This will save you money but also help your hair to moisturise itself with its own natural oils.
- To keep the ends of your hair strong and shiny, try doing a coconut oil hair treatment once a week.
- If you need new hot styling tools, try heatless ways of styling your hair instead. Have a look on YouTube or Pinterest for ideas. I often use my set of cheap bendy rollers to create effortless curls – without damaging my hair.
- When you need a blow dry, haircut or a colour touch-up, think about going to a beauty school instead of your normal hair salon. Often the hairdressers are just as good but won’t send you broke for the rest of the month.
Do you have any budget beauty tips? I’d love to hear them! Write them in the comments below.