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    Posted on Apr 19, 2015

    23 Genius Tricks That Will Save You Money On Beauty Products

    Here's how you can spend less cash and still get what you want.

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    We recently asked the members of BuzzFeed Community to tell us their best tricks for saving money on hair and makeup. Here are their best tips!

    1. Use Ebates.com to get money back on purchases at Sephora.

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    "Ebates.com is great, and Sephora routinely offers 8% cash-back specials there. (Normally they offer 4%.) It's pretty rare that there's any purchase I want to make, including non-beauty items, that I can't get cash back on." —Submitted by ebronson2857

    Bonus tip: Ebates gives cash back on Groupon purchases, too. Double savings!

    2. Cut open tubes and bottles to scrape out every bit of product.

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    "It's so surprising how much is left over even though it will no longer come out. I scrape all I can out of the packaging to put off buying more and tossing away stuff I could have used!" —Submitted by Erin Lozowski, Facebook

    For a full tutorial on how to do this safely, watch this.

    3. Check @Dupethat on Instagram for the drugstore version of high priced products.

    4. While you're shopping online, leave items in your cart overnight.

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    "Add your things to your cart then leave them there without checking out. A lot of times the company will send you a 'reminder' that you have items in your cart along with a discount or a freebie added on to encourage you to purchase what you were already going to buy anyway! —Submitted by jessicab457a2bbc5

    Here's a list of online retailers that offer a reminder discount.

    5. Get your hair cut at a professional salon school.

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    "Ask for a senior stylist about to graduate. Not only will the haircut cost a fraction of the price you would pay at a similarly high-level salon (I pay $22 a cut), but the stylist will often be more cautious, careful, and responsive to your needs because they have more at stake if they mess up." —Submitted by Danny Medved, Facebook

    To find a professional salon school near you, look through this list.

    6. Test out the travel-size products before buying anything full-size.

    7. Use coconut oil as makeup remover.

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    "Not only does it not dry out my skin like the beauty product used to, it's also only $4 a jar (that so far has lasted me two years and counting). It's enormously cheaper." —Submitted by Lindsay Bosslett, Facebook

    To make your own DIY waterproof eye-makeup remover, follow these instructions.

    8. Look for the quantity of product you're getting for your money.

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    "Check how many grams are in the product so you don't get fooled by the packaging. Sometimes the container magnifies it and makes it seem fuller than it is. Also, sometimes brands reduce the amount of product but maintain the same price." —Submitted by alexandiorwang

    9. Check websites like Hautelook for deals on designer makeup.

    10. Search YouTube, online store reviews, and beauty blogs for reviews before purchasing a product.

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    "Also make sure to keep your receipts so if something doesn't work out you can return it depending on store policy." - Baily Racheal Warman

    Search YouTube for the product you're looking into plus the word "review" or "haul" to pull up results.

    11. Instead of having your hair dyed at a salon, use henna hair dye at home.

    12. Get a monthly beauty subscription box.

    13. Mix your foundation with lotion to make it last longer.

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    "I use a higher-end foundation because I have sensitive skin, but I mix it with lotion. It makes the bottle last a lot longer and it looks really natural." —Submitted by katies46ec24473

    14. DIY your manicures and pedicures.

    15. Shop Amazon's Beauty section.

    16. Use E.l.f. Cosmetics to get almost every product for under $10.

    17. Get double use out of your beauty products.

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    "Buy items that you can use for multiple purposes. For example, oils can be used as moisturizers for hair and skin, for oil-cleansing, and deep-conditioning. Many cheek stains can be used for lip color, too." —Submitted by Christine Lorraine Edmond, Facebook

    Here's a list of 19 Double Duty Beauty Tricks that will help save you money.

    18. Make a list of what you're willing to splurge on.

    19. Shop for products after the holidays, when everything is on a crazy sale.

    20. Hit up Dollar Tree and other dollar stores for the beauty products you want, but with lower price tags.

    21. Check Groupon for local deals on haircuts and coloring services.

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    You can also comb through LivingSocial and Lifebooker for deals near you. —Submitted by dianem4b81fc480

    22. Sign up for the rewards card wherever you do your shopping.

    23. Purchase products that you can return — even after they've been opened.

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    "You can return any cosmetics to Walgreens if you didn't like it, even if you've used most of it. That's how I found my favorite $8 mascara. And you can use manufacturer coupons WITH store coupons for extra savings (their makeup is pretty frequently buy one, get one 50% off)." —Submitted by angielala06

    Go forth and play with (cheap) makeup!

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