It’s no secret that beauty products can put a hefty dent in our wallets, with the Australian Beauty Industry expected to reach a whopping USD $6.7 billion by 2025.
With an endless supply of makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrance products hitting the shelves with higher and higher price tags, it’s no wonder so many of us overspend on beauty supplies.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to cut back on your spending but still maintain that flawless skin and stunning makeup.
1.Make your own products
There’s a misconception that making your own beauty products is either too expensive, too time consuming, too difficult, or all of the above. However, making your own concoctions can be a fun, easy and affordable task that allows you to be in complete control of what you’re putting on your body.
Whether it’s cleansers, makeup, face masks or hair treatments, there are plenty of recipes online that provide a step by step run-through of the entire process. Furthermore, you can also store them in cute glass jars and plastic bottles to keep them fresh, clean and proudly on display.
2.Track your spending
Keeping track of your monthly beauty spendings is a great way to reassess your shopping habits and look for things you can cut down on. Seeing the exact amount you’ve spent in a month may sound daunting, but it’ll help whip you into shape and get you serious about your savings.
At the end of each month, go through your list and look for products or treatments you can go without or at the very least cut down on.
3.Join Facebook groups
You’re not alone in your quest to save money on beauty products, trust us. There are plenty of easy-to-find Facebook groups in which members share new, affordable products they’ve discovered, post any sales or offers available, and share their DIY beauty recipes.
4.Watch YouTube tutorials
Want to change up your makeup but don’t want to dole out hundreds of dollars on new products? There are plenty of beauty-focused YouTubers who create tutorials instructing you how to pull off new makeup styles, mix and match products and colours for different results, and even offer discount codes for certain brands.
5.Join sample programs
Too often we buy products without testing them first, and then they sit empty in our bathrooms for months on end when we’re not happy with them. This is especially common with skincare products and foundations, which can have drastically different results on different skin types.
To avoid wasting your money on products that don’t work for you, take advantage of sample programs offered by many beauty retailers. Many beauty retailers offer free samples with every purchase, both online and in-store.
6.Compare prices at different retailers
It can be easy to feel a sense of loyalty towards our favourite beauty retailers, especially if they have loyalty programs and other incentives to keep you on as a repeat customer. However, often in our quest to build up points or simply maintain that feeling of familiarity, we can miss out on other stores that offer more competitive pricing.
Next time you’re eyeing off a new product or need to replace an old favourite, do some research and check if it’s cheaper anywhere else. You’d be surprised how much prices can fluctuate between stores and the savings you can make by being diligent.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can save money and still keep up with your beauty habits. All it takes is a little bit of extra effort and you could be well on your way to saving hundreds every month.