So, you’re broke or perhaps just budgeting for something new in your life. Regardless, high-quality makeup products are expensive. With the constant reminder of how amazing the latest lip, face, or eye products are on Instagram, Facebook, and even in your messages, it’s hard to figure out what will actually serve you best. Here are some simple pieces of advice for figuring out your perfect makeup collection.
First, ask yourself: what am I unhappy with? Maybe you’ve been ‘making it work’ with a few sub-par products or scraping the pan on a crappy impulse buy just because you spent money on it. Make a list of these high priority items, and then hit the internet. Comb through makeup forums and online reviews to find the products that are highest rated and within your budget. This research is essential because you’ll be able to narrow down your selections and avoid a low-quality buy. Make sure you search for products you’re going to use on the daily instead of new trends you’d like to try but are not certain will actually fit your lifestyle.
Second, make a wishlist of things you want to try and visit your local cosmetics store. Some cosmetics stores will allow customers to request samples of foundations and concealers. If your local store doesn’t, try department stores. Their cosmetic employees are typically stocked with sample products, and talking with someone face-to-face about your skin type, preferences, and concerns may be the solution to ending a makeup collection stocked with almost-perfect products that are rarely used. Remember to always patch test face products on a section of your neck or jaw before incorporating them into your daily routine.
Makeup collections are not about the latest products, or even experimenting with as many new products as possible. Makeup is about the person using it. Experimenting is fun, but having the perfect makeup collection means you have the products you need and want in your life. Don’t feel pressured to buy new products unless you can reasonably work that item into your budget. Don’t be afraid to make yourself wait, too. Being financially responsible doesn’t mean that you can’t purchase items you want, only that you will have to have a lot of specific categories in your budget for them and save up for more expensive items. Becoming comfortable with including beauty products in your budget is an important part of financial and personal care.
Regardless of your budget, remember to always throw away products you don’t need. If you don’t know which products are ‘essentials,’ use one morning as a guide: whatever products you don’t use for a normal day’s look, set aside. Then evaluate how useful they are to you. Don’t repurchase items that are no longer adding value to your collection. Be deliberate and careful with your choices, and soon you’ll find that your collection can reflect you, rather than just your financial constraints.