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10 Great Budget Beauty Tips

Budget beauty is essential in this hard economy. Even if you’ve been buying generic beauty products for years, inflation has raised prices so much that cheap stuff isn’t cheap anymore.

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To help you manage these tough times, here are 10 essential budget beauty tips to live by. They’ll save you money without compromising your routine or your look. For more ideas, see: Top 5 cheap beauty products $10 or less.

1. Use cooking spray on your nails.

To dry your nails super quickly without a nail dryer, spray them with Pam. Works!

2. Make your own body scrub.

Body scrub is definitely a product you can make on your own that will work just as well. Add raw sugar with olive oil and lemon and you have a completely effective, sweet body scrub.

3. Use every last bit of that lipstick.

If your favorite lipstick is blunt, don’t toss it. Scoop out the rest and tap the pigment into a small pot, which you can then apply with a lip brush.

4. Use Cetaphil.

Cetaphil Bar Soap, Deep Cleansing Face and Body Bar, Pack of 3, For Dry to Normal, Sensitive Skin, Soap Free, Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Removes Makeup, Dirt and Oil
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Years ago, I read in Allure magazine that Cetaphil was a dermatologist secret. It’s extremely cheap, amazingly effective, and gentle on all skin types. Try it out — all of the Cetaphil products are a steal.

5. Make your own skin and hair toner.

Apple cider vinegar works great for both skin and hair. For hair, it acts to strip hair of buildup and add shine, perfect for a rinse after product buildup. For skin, it works as a toner.

6. Do a DIY deep condition.

Do a deep conditioning treatment by slathering your hair with conditioner and heading to the rays. If it’s too cold for the sun to work, blow dry the conditioner into your hair on a low heat.

7. Triple-duty lip color.

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Once I read an interview with a model who said her prettiest makeup routine involved mainly lipstick. She picked a favorite shade of red and applied it to her lips and cheeks. Then she took a tiny spot of color mixed with petroleum jelly and rubbed it in the crease of her eye.

Curl eyelashes and add mascara, and you have a cheap and beautiful look.

8. Vitamin E for chapped lips.

As a pre-teen I started taking my mom’s vitamin E and popping one open to use the oil on my chapped lips. It works beautifully and gives your lips a sexy glow.

9. Wear drugstore foundation.

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I’ve been using L’Oreal true match foundation since it came out and love it. It’s about $10 and actually covers but without that cakey look we all dread. I have light skin with freckles and it works perfectly, but there is a shade for all skin colors.

Or, if you can manage with less coverage, use Cerave’s tinted SPF moisturizer. It’s makeup, moisturzer, and SPF in one.

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen with Sheer Tint | Tinted Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide | Blends Seamlessly For Healthy Glow | Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 | 1.7 Fluid Ounce
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10. Try the bobby pin manicure.

For nails, this budget trick is so fun — use the bulb end of a bobby pin to create polka dots over a base color for a perfect manicured look!

L.A. Colors Color Last Nail Polish, Memoir, 0.50 Ounce, (CNP75)
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And, try L.A. Colors nail polish! I randomly bought some at Walmart for $2 and was amazed at its staying power for the price.

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Sue White

Monday 18th of April 2016

Great post!! This is absolutely huge useful tips who want to save their money. They improve they are beauty following this steps thanks for the good information.


Wednesday 28th of October 2015

These are really good budget beauty tips! thanks for sharing beauty tips that won't break the bank.

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