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18 Inexpensive Beauty Hacks That'll Change Your Life

Flawless skin, but make it affordable.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to share their best inexpensive beauty hacks for college students. Here are some of the best responses:

1. Save money by removing your makeup with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water instead of makeup wipes.

2. Cut your Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes in half to make them go further.

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"Cut your makeup wipes into smaller squares so they'll last longer. You honestly don't need the entire wipe every time, and you save a ton of money by stretching them out for twice as long."


Get a 25-count pack of wipes from Amazon for $7.90.

3. Double cleansing may help to fight stress-induced breakouts.

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"At night, I cleanse twice, first to remove surface debris, makeup, and oil, and then again to penetrate deeper into the pores. Then, I use a toner to balance the pH of my skin. And lastly, I moisturize to lock in hydration and prevent bacteria from getting in. It's very common to use an oil-based cleanser first, and then a water-based cleanser."


Here's more info on double cleansing.

4. And regardless of how tired you are, you need to wash your face daily.

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"Wash your face every night. I don't care how drunk or how hungover you are or how awful you feel. No product can replace personal hygiene, hydration, and sleep. It doesn't matter what miracle cream you use if you aren't taking care of yourself."


5. Shop the beauty aisles of TJ Maxx to find popular makeup brands that have been heavily discounted.

6. If you find a product you absolutely love, see if you can find an inexpensive dupe online.

7. Keep a picker-upper, like Thayer's Witch Hazel, close by for those long nights of studying and pesky midterm breakouts.

8. Develop a makeup routine that'll get you out of your dorm room in under 10 minutes.

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"Here's my foolproof routine for fast mornings: Eyebrow pencil for fill-ins, a great mascara, any drugstore setting spray, concealer for any discolorations or acne, and a lip balm or gloss! Such a natural no-makeup look that I love."


9. Make your own facial scrub out of sugar and olive oil to remove dead skin and give yourself a fresh-faced glow.

10. Throw on a Burt's Bees Hydrating Sheet Mask to hydrate your skin after a long day of classes.

11. Clear blackheads with an at-home spot treatment instead of buying it at the store.

12. Cheaply whiten teeth by mixing baking soda with your toothpaste.

13. Use cucumber slices to help with puffy eyes.

14. Stock up on samples and inexpensive beauty boxes to discover what you like.

15. Utilize CVS coupons and Extrabucks to save money on beauty and skincare products.

16. Reuse your coffee grounds to make exfoliating masks.

17. Lock in moisture or even exfoliate with Vaseline.

18. And finally, don't be afraid to return makeup if it's not a right fit — you deserve to have something that works for you.


"Don't be afraid to return makeup that is not working for you! Even if it's inexpensive, drugstore makeup. It's better to have a product that works than to have wasted money on a product you don't ever use."


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Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.