Want to glam up for the holidays? We’ve got you covered with some of the top tips for looking your best on a budget — and they’re easier than you think. Check out the list below.
1. Make lipstick last.
A bold lip is a great look to go for at your holiday party, as it’s quick and easy to do. However, constantly reapplying your lipstick can cause you to run through the product faster. Instead, hold a tissue over your pout and dust on some translucent powder to set your lips. This will help the color to stay through the night.
2. Buy makeup online.
Around the holidays, time many beauty retailers will add free samples into you order so you might get a bunch of fake tanners and a fragrance to wear on the night of your party completely free of charge.
3. Go to a makeup counter.
Many cosmetics counters will do makeovers free of charge, so a few hours before the big night, visit your local department store and get all dolled up with your favorite products without spending a penny.
4. Have a mini hair salon with friends.
Arrange to meet at someone’s house before the party and do each other’s hair with some glasses of bubbly. It will take the stress out of creating the perfect do, you’ll have great fun doing it, and it’s free.
5. Match your nails to your eyeshadow.
Finding a nail varnish to match your jewel-toned eye shadow can be pricey, especially if it means buying more makeup. Instead, break off a little of the powder and mix with a clear nail polish for eyes and nails that match perfectly.
6. Banish blemishes.
Got a nasty pimple emerging the day before the party? Instead of splashing out on expensive spot treatment, dab a little Greek yogurt onto the offending blemish. This natural remedy will help unclog the pore, break down dead skin cells, and balance bacteria, all while moisturizing at the same time.
7. Use antibacterial gel to combat shiny skin.
If you’re going straight to the party from the office, chances are you’ll have a bit of a shiny forehead from sitting in front of your screen all day. Instead of buying expensive blotting papers, dab a little antibacterial gel on your t-zone. It will act as a protective coat and lock in moisture.
8. Extend your blow dry.
If you’re looking for a natural and cheaper alternative to dry shampoo, squeeze some lemon juice onto a cotton ball and dab onto your roots to absorb any oils. It will leave your locks smelling fresh and looking luscious.
9. Make your own gel eyeliner.
Winged cat-eye make up is all the rage for winter, but gel eyeliner can be expensive. Instead, just use your kohl pencil but carefully hold it in a flame for one second to heat it up. Leave it to cool then apply for an intense smudge without the hefty price tag.
10. See a trainee stylist.
If you want to go big on hair for the party but can’t afford salon prices, visit your local beauty school. They will do you up for a very low cost — sometimes even for free.
11. Swap make-up remover for baby shampoo.
During the party season, you’re going to be rocking many smoky eyes and bold lips, which you’ll need to scrub off at the end of the night. Instead of splashing out on an expensive makeup remover, use baby shampoo, which is just as good for your skin and less than half the price. For more stubborn makeup, use baby oil.
12. Stock up on the sales.
After the holidays, gift sets will be in the sale, so stock up on all your favorite hair and beauty products then.
13. Use baking soda to whiten teeth.
You want to show off a dazzling smile in all the party photos but paying for teeth whitening is extortionate and the specially designed toothpastes can be very pricey with little to no results. For pearly whites without the price tag, try rubbing baking power mixed with lemon juice on your teeth. Leave the mixture on for one minute then rinse. Do this once a week for noticeable results.
14. Put eau de parfum on your list.
Eau de parfum is more expensive, but it lasts longer than eau de toilette, making it a better value for your buck. Save on scents using websites like Fragrance Net.
15. Use green tea bags to reduce puffiness.
The holiday party season may lead to a few late nights in a row. To reduce puffiness and redness around the eyes, don’t opt for an expensive cream. Instead, used cooled green tea bags, and leave them on your eyes for 15 minutes.
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