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Getting into makeup can be fun, liberating, and empowering.  But it can also be expensive; here are 8 ways to start your collection, while still maintaining a happy bank account.


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1) Start At The Beginning

Foundation is literally the foundation of makeup, and you want one that's really going to be flexible as you’re getting started.  You don't want to spend your hard earned money on an expensive foundation you can't use.  Start with drugstore foundations like Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless.  They've just added 4 deeper shades, so this product is friendly for most skin tones.  Haven’t sold you yet?  The last bottle I picked up was five dollars, and it's great for everyday wear from light to full coverage.

2) Get Color Matched

When you are ready to splurge on that foundation, make sure to get color matched at a makeup counter like Sephora or Ulta.  They have a great system that will help you find your true shade across multiple brands.  That way, you lessen the risk of buying an item you can't use.  And when you buy from a large retailer, the items are easier to sample and return.

3) Save To Splurge

Do not buy multiple expensive items every pay check.  Seek out reviews, sample, and do your research before you buy something expensive.  Once you’ve decided which products are your must-haves, prioritize the list, and buy one or two items at time.  Or, put away a few dollars into a separate bank account, which you can use solely for makeup.

4) Reviews

Don't assume that what works for someone else will work for you.  Everyone is different and the chemicals of our bodies mix differently with the chemicals of the makeup we use, so sample when you can.  Take the time to find a blogger or YouTuber you really like, and do your research on products they recommend before buying them.  Even places like Reddit have forums dedicated to makeup where you can ask questions and learn about products before buying!

5) Try Different Shades

When you're first starting off, you’ll probably need practice with simple application and color swatching.  Check out sites like Shopmissa.com, here everything's a dollar!  This way, you can try a bunch of different lipstick shades or blushes for really cheap.  They may not last as long as higher end products, but at least you'll know what colors work for you before you spend twenty dollars on a matte lipstick in the shade silver metallic.

6) Boxes

Another way to try new things on a budget is subscribing to boxes.  Boxes like Ipsy run from as cheap as $10 a month for samples of really neat, and sometimes high end, products.  It's a quick way to get multiple products for way less than you would have paid buying them separately.  And, this method will allow you to try new things without dropping an entire paycheck on items you might not like or use that often.


Everyone is different and the chemicals of our bodies mix differently with the chemicals of the makeup we use, so sample when you can.


7) Free Products to Review

Signing up for sites like Influenster, allows you to also build your collection for cheap.  Influenster will send you products to review and all you have to do is review the products on various social platforms.  This method is another great way to try out products you might not necessarily like, or to find a gem you just have to have!

8) Practice Skin Care

When you're starting to try out new makeup products, it's important to make sure you're taking care of your skin at the same time.  Make sure to get a good makeup remover and face wash.  Face washes with charcoal tend to  extract dirt from your pores, so those are great for a cleanse somewhere between 2-3 times a week.  Daily makeup removers like Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are a great way to make sure your skin can breathe, and help prevent the development of acne.  You should also invest in a great moisturizing cream; Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Moisturizing Cream is a great product to keep your skin healthy and moisturized.


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