3. The hot water trick also works for getting the clumps out of dried mascara.
6. You can also add a few drops of saline to old mascara to make it good as new.
12. Reuse old brushes from more expensive brands in new bottles of cheaper mascara.
The brush is often what you’re paying more for, so reusing can save you a lot of money. Just rinse your brush in hot water to get rid of clumps and you’re ready to go.
14. If your perfume is running low, pour the last drops into a bottle of (unscented!) lotion to make it last longer.
19. Use this nifty coin trick to get the most out of your powders.
20. Before you buy a whole bottle of perfume, ask the store for a few sample sizes.
You’ll want to try it out for a couple of days to make sure you don’t get tired of it before you invest. Almost all stores are happy to give you trial vials.
23. Use paint brushes instead of makeup brushes.
They are much cheaper and you can find them with the same size and texture as makeup brushes at any art or craft store.
26. And make sure to follow GlamCenter on Instagram for daily dupes.
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27. Buy off-season shades to save cash.
Most brands rack up the prices of certain colors that are “in season,” (bright colors in the summer, pastels in the spring, jewels and nude tones in the fall) even if they carry those shades year round. Stock up on the colors you like in the off season to avoid markup.
30. To prevent compacts from breaking in your bag, put a cotton ball or round inside.
33. Cut your makeup sponges and cotton rounds in half to get more uses out of them.
34. Pumping the wand traps air inside and makes the mascara dry out faster. Instead, spin the brush to get rid of clumps.
37. Store your makeup in the fridge to make it last longer.
Products that have oil, like lipsticks and liners and foundation, will eventually gorancid. And if your home is at drastically different temperatures throughout the year, it can damage your cosmetics. Keep them fresh as long as possible by storing them in a cool, dry place like the fridge.
40. Check the description box on YouTube tutorial and haul videos for discount codes.
Lots of bloggers have partnerships with their favorite brands and they pass the savings on to you. Make sure to check the full description for deals.
42. If you get a product home and don’t like it, just take it back! Almost all makeup stores and drugstores accept gently used makeup returns.
It can be life changing to feel OK buying makeup without testing it in the store and still have the option of getting your money back.