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42 Money-Saving Tips Every Makeup Addict Needs To Know

Less money, more makeup.

1. If you buy a lipstick but don't like the color, layer it with another brand to make it last longer and look better.

2. Get the last of any liquid makeup out of a tube using hot water and a small container, like a contact case.

3. The hot water trick also works for getting the clumps out of dried mascara.

4. You can recycle old MAC, Kiehl's, and Lush containers to get free products in return.

5. If you want to recycle your shadow containers but you still have shadow left, learn how to de-pot the MAC shadows here.

6. You can also add a few drops of saline to old mascara to make it good as new.

7. Save money on things you can easily DIY. Like pricey brush cleaner.

8. And disposable cleansing cloths.

9. And mineral makeup.

10. Johnson's No More Tears Baby Shampoo makes a great (and cheap!) makeup remover.

11. Makeup stores like Ulta and Sephora put the most expensive products at eye level.

12. Reuse old brushes from more expensive brands in new bottles of cheaper mascara.

13. You can reuse lots of old beauty tools for new things.

14. If your perfume is running low, pour the last drops into a bottle of (unscented!) lotion to make it last longer.

15. Save money on liquid foundation by applying with a brush instead of a sponge.

16. If you buy online at,, or, you get free samples.

17. Keep an eye out for blog sales from beauty bloggers.

18. Before buying online, check RetailMeNot for coupons.

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.

21. Cut open bottles to get all the product you might be missing otherwise.

22. Doing the math can pay off: Some brands like Benefit sell smaller versions of popular products that are actually cheaper per ounce than the larger versions.

23. Use paint brushes instead of makeup brushes.

24. Use baby powder to get the look of falsies.

25. Lots of websites list the cheaper versions, or dupes, of high end products.

26. And make sure to follow GlamCenter on Instagram for daily dupes.

27. Buy off-season shades to save cash.

28. Buy a darker shade of foundation or bronzer than you normally use and mix it in with a little moisturizer to extend its use.

29. Fix broken eyeshadows and pressed powders with a little rubbing alcohol.

30. To prevent compacts from breaking in your bag, put a cotton ball or round inside.

31. Or, turn broken eyeshadow into a custom nail color by mixing the pigment with clear polish.

32. Instead of buying an expensive lip plumper, you can make your own with cinnamon oil.

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.

35. Fix broken or smashed lipstick by heating it quickly with a match or hairdryer.

36. Or, for easier travel, learn how to de-tube your lipsticks and transfer them to a pot.

37. Store your makeup in the fridge to make it last longer.

38. Activated charcoal makes a great chemical-free smokey eyeliner.

39. Flash sale sites like Gilt and HauteLook often have beauty and makeup deals.

40. Check the description box on YouTube tutorial and haul videos for discount codes.

41. Discount stores like TJMaxx and Nordstrom Rack often have high-end products for a lot less.

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.