I love summer. While I don’t love the heat at all, I enjoy when I get a little bit of sun and my freckles come out. I have just enough to sprinkle over my nose—they are old friends that serve me well, because when they come out I use less makeup. I’ve never been one to use a lot of makeup or beauty products, but it’s helped me keep my beauty on a budget. And it’s helped me save time. For a lot of us women, our face and skin is a big part of who we are. We can either spend too much time and focus on it or not enough and cause damage (hello sunburn!). In our beauty routines, we need to find balance, too.
I’m not a beauty expert by any means, but I can speak to saving money and time without destroying your skin. If you have any strong conditions, however, a dermatologist is the best place to start.
So how you do beauty on a budget?
- It starts with the foundation: your skin. So that means getting enough water (start with 64oz or about 2 liters), good sleep, and a balanced diet. Also, exercise. All the good beauty products in the world can only do so much to the surface of your skin if your actual DNA struggles.
- Utilize samples. Figure out what you like for free instead of spending money on products you never use.
- Choose products that let your skin breath and maintain a natural look. The purpose of this is to save money because it will require less product, but it also won’t clog your skin and cause breakouts. Mineral foundations and BB Creams are my personal favorites and you can buy drugstore brands.
- Stick to the drugstore for some of your products. Especially if you don’t have volatile skin, you won’t have to spend top dollar for foundation. Or maybe, it’s lip color you like having but don’t want to spend a lot of money on it.
- Refrain from buying what you don’t use a lot. I don’t use eyeshadow at all anymore, mainly because my lids produce oil (and even a primer doesn’t help). They don’t fit into my daily routine anyway, so I just stick with the basics for my eyes (mascara and liner).
- Give your skin weekly breaks where you don’t wear makeup at all. At least once a week, wash your face and put on an SPF 15 moisturizer, but then let it do its thing. This may really challenge you if you never leave the house without makeup. The more you do this, however, the more comfortable you’ll become, and it will let your skin breath.
- Realize your worth is not just your physical appearance. I won’t downplay the physical entirely like some people do. We need our bodies and they can do amazing things. People recognize us by our face among other personal attributes; it’s a part of what makes us uniquely us. But your worth is not in what you look like or how “pretty” culture deems you are.