Beauty On A Budget
The Singapore Women's Weekly|June/July 2020
Beauty On A Budget
Money-saving hacks that are great for your skin and wallet
Annie Tan

Streamline your routine, declutter your dresser, and save money – look great on a budget with this collection of tips and tricks.

1 Find The Perfect Substitute

Don’t have everything you need to ace a new look? Hold off on your beauty shopping. Here are some tricks to lighten your shopping basket.

TINTED MOISTURISER: Mix a drop of serum with your favourite liquid foundation to create your own dewyfinish tinted moisturiser. For a more lustrous finish, mix a drop of facial oil with your foundation.

EYE PRIMER: Lightly dab on concealer on your upper eyelid to replace an eye primer before sweeping on eyeshadow. Alternatively, for colours that really pop, use a white eyeliner on your upper eyelid before laying on any eyeshadow.

LASH PRIMER: After your first coat of mascara, dust your lashes with some baby powder or translucent powder before applying a second coat. This will give you fuller lashes.

MATTE LIPSTICK: Don’t rush out to buy matte versions of your favourite shades. Try applying concealer onto your lips before applying lipstick, and mix the two together on your lip. This will mute your lipstick for a subtle matte finish.

BRUSH CLEANSER: A gentle drugstore facial wash can remove bacteria, makeup residue and oil from brushes.

BODY SCRUB: Use a washcloth to exfoliate your body.

2 Make Products Last

Applying and reapplying products is not just tiresome; it is unnecessarily wasteful. Here’s how to give your products more staying power.

FOR A POWER POUT: After applying lipstick, lay a single ply of tissue over your lips, and dust on a translucent setting powder so that your lipstick will last longer.

FOR LONG-LASTING FRAGRANCE: Rub some Vaseline or unscented oilbased moisturiser on your pulse points before spraying on perfume. The oil on your skin helps to lock in the scent for longer than on dry skin.

3 Zero-waste Beauty

Running out of your favourite makeup or skincare? Before you zip off to the store to restock, here’s how to get more out of your products.

MASCARA: Add a few drops of saline solution to dried-up mascara to revive it. But, if your mascara has dried up because it has been opened for more than six months, it’s better to just toss it out as bacteria build-up can lead to an eye infection.

LIPSTICK: Even after you get to the end of your lipstick, you may still find 10 to 20 per cent of product stuck in the tube. Use a lip brush to reach this remaining lipstick. Or, scoop it into a little container and mix it with Vaseline to make your own lip gloss.

MAKEUP OR SKINCARE: Can’t squeeze out any product from tubes? Cut the tube open and use a spatula to scrape every last drop into a small container or a contact lens case.

SHEET MASK: After your face has soaked in all the skincare actives from your sheet mask, rub your used sheet mask and apply any remaining product onto your neck, chest, arms and legs.

4 Invest In Super-Multitaskers

Don’t want a graveyard of products that expire before you are halfway through the bottle? Multitaskers are a budget beautyphile’s best friend. Add these two affordable staples to your collection.

JOJOBA OIL: An oil-like wax extracted from seeds of a shrub, it is very similar to your skin’s own sebum and so versatile that it can be used on almost every part of your body. It is also packed full of antioxidants to fight free-radical damage.

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