Beauty… but on a budget? How to get a new look for less*

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It happens all the time. You see a great looking lipgloss or mascara advertised and you rush out to buy it but as soon as you’ve tried it at home you know it’s wrong for you. The colour, the texture and the promises were nothing like you expected and… is that a rash coming up under there?!

Making a purchase mistake with cosmetics can be very expensive and very annoying too.There are ways to reduce the risk of wasting your money, though. Experience, good or bad, will help you make better purchase decisions in the future. Any poor decisions you’ve made will warn you not to make the same mistakes again. So find all those products you hated and think about what you didn’t like. How can you recognise that same flaw in products at the shop?

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What about the products you do love to use? What is it about them that is so appealing? Is it the applicator? Maybe the texture of the product feels good on your skin? Or is it just the colour? Now you have a better understanding of what you like and don’t like, it’s time to figure out what is best for your skin too.

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Skin changes at different times of the month. And it also changes as we age. It’s important to choose products that are right for your skin type and age. If your skin is very pale and dry, then only pick products that will nourish that dryness away, with just a hint of colour. If you have a lot of redness on your skin, you may use a colour corrector. Some foundation products will push this off your skin as you apply them. Choose a lighter cream that won’t do this.

Cosmetics that provide other skincare benefits are often worth the spend. Eyeshadows, foundations and lipglosses can all be found with these extra advantages. For further info click here to see what minerals are helpful for your skin. Blemish balms vary wildly in effectiveness and benefits. To avoid trial and error, why not read the ingredients to compare what you’re getting?

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It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of a new brand or product. But it is worth considering what kind of makeup you actually need. Cosmetics are there to enhance your natural beauty. While it can be fun to try out new looks and ideas each season, sometimes sticking with what works is a good idea too. This season is seeing lots of nudes and natural looks come back in. Soft pinks can work well with most skin tones too.

The best time to try out something new is at a cosmetics event or party. You can sample different colours and brands at your local department store for free. It’s like a mini makeover! Most brands offer samples for free that they will send through the post too. Check out their social media pages to be in with a chance to get more freebies and goodies. Of course, you can always check out blogs like this to see how other people get on with the products!

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