Now, they do say that if you have money you should always spend it on your face, but is this always the case? Well, that is what the post below will advise you on, so if you are unsure whether to pick a dupe or shell out a little more and go for the real thing, read on for some helpful advice. Save on fitness makeup. Image source Yes, makeup for wearing while you exercise is now a thing, and of course some of the big brands like Clinique are getting behind this and their products are getting some stellar reviews too. In particular the CliniqueFIT™ Workout Makeup and CliniqueFIT™ Post-Workout Neutralizing Face Powder are hailed as being super useful when you are at the gym working up a sweat, and let's face it who still don't want to lose their best when they are giving a 110% in their workout.
However, if you want to buy more than one Clinique product the effect can be dangerous on your budget. Luckily, there is a solution here, and it's to go for a cheaper brand like ELF. In fact, as you can see from their packaging and design the ELF products are obviously intended to be reminiscent or inspired by the original Clinique active designs. Pick the ELFActive Workout Ready Lip Tint and the Redness Relief Express Mask and you will still have change from $20.
Splurge on facials.
There are so many home facials on the market these days; it would be easy to think that you don't have to go to the salon for this type of treatment at all. In particular, we have seen the silicone wrap masks that are said to nourish and hydrate, and then there are the clays that are designed to remove oils.
However, with anything that is designed to regenerate the skin and prevent aging, getting customized facials designed for your particular skin type and the issues you are facing is always the best way to go, and that is why I would recommend splurging on this treatment instead of trying to save.
Think of it like this, your face is the like a canvas, and you can buy cheaper paints, but if the material itself is damaged or saggy, then it just won't look its best. Also don't forget that having a facial treatment can be a delightful self-care treat as well, making it less of a hardship to splurge in this area.
Save on loose and pressed powders.
Many people think that they have to spend a fortune on the loose and pressed powders. After all, they want their makeup to look flawless and to stay on all day. However, I think it's worth looking for a dupe when it's come to this facial product. The reason for this is that you can end up getting through a hell of a lot of powder if you are setting each layer of makeup, and that makes spending a lot on this very budget unfriendly.
To that end, look for drugstore brands such as the Maybelline Fit Me range. Pick translucent for a more natural and matte look, or try the Rimmel Stay Matte powders that come in a good selection of colors as well.
Regarding loose powder, you can't go wrong with the Rimmel translucent version, or if you are looking for something of a slightly higher grade Max Factor's loose powder works well too as do the other suggestions in the video below. Just don't forget to ditch the teeny tiny puffs they come with and buy your own large one to get a decent amount of coverage with each application.
Splurge on highlight.
I'm assuming you all know about highlighting unless you've been living under a rock for the last few years. However, something I've noticed was that the quality of highlighters varies greatly. In particular, you will find that a lot of the ones on the cheaper end of the market contain quite chunky pieces of glitter-sparkle. Now, there is nothing wrong with this, if you are going for a nighttime disco look, but to wear to the office, they may a bit much.
That is why I recommend splurging on a highlighter if you can find the money. One product, in particular, that is hailed as being of excellent quality of the DIOR Nude Air Luminizer. Reviewers love it because it has light reflecting properties without the super sparkle. Although if you would prefer a liquid option then Benefit's Highbeam is a great shout, and you can even buy it in a supermini size to try out or to keep in your handbag for application on the go.
Save on seasonal trend lipsticks.
Every season there seem to be a new lip wear trend coming out. Gloss, or matt, sparkles, dark shades, pastels, ombres, the list goes on and on. Of course, this is terrible news for budget fashionistas and makeup enthusiasts alike because it means you have to buy all the products to keep up with the trends, and if they are high-end ones, this can cost a lot of money.
That is why it may be best, for those trends that you are just trying out, to buy the cheaper brands. Luckily, it doesn't take too long know for the drugstore brands to come out with some pretty good dupes in similar colors to the high-end ones of the market these days.
In particular, don't forget to check out Avon either via your local representative or online as their products are a priced low, to begin with, and they regularly have offers on multi-buys that will allow you to buy new products as a fraction of the cost.
Although, when buying cheaper lip products it is worth bearing in mind that you do need to lay the groundwork well for them to last as long as possible. That means a quick lip exfoliate, a clear liner, and in some cases a sealing top coat to ensure they stay on your lips all day and look expensive, even though they were a bargain!