If you guys follow me on Instagram, you know most of the pictures I post are of me in makeup. Makeup and beauty are things I want to get better at, but it’s hard to when you’re in college. Even drugstore makeup products can be expensive, and buying a whole set of makeup can cost almost $90 if you’re doing it all at once. Adding skin care and other beauty products can rack of the price even more. So how does a girl in college or on a budget look good and take care of her skin?
While I don’t know all the tips and tricks, I’ve picked up a few things here and there from practice and watching beauty vloggers on YouTube. So here are my top five beauty tips for college girls or young women on a budget. Keep in mind that these tips aren’t solid as everyone’s skin is different, so these tips might not work for everyone.
1: You don’t need to use foundation
As a part of my daily makeup routine, I rarely ever use foundation. Partially because my skin is pretty clear and even toned, so I don’t need an extra product to achieve that. So if you feel like your skin is clear and even toned, you can just skip that step. Instead, you could try getting a tinted primer or BB cream instead to combine both primer and foundation steps. (Granted I don’t use primer or BB cream at all, so sometimes you can even skip that step if you want.)
2: Regular Dove soap is a good makeup remover
You don’t need a super fancy makeup remover and skin hydration lotion to still look and feel good. Dove bar soap is a good substitute for that and does a good job at removing makeup, even eye makeup. You will have to be careful about getting soap in your eye, so I would recommend checking out some makeup wipes for around your eyes.
3: Expired doesn’t always mean unusable
This one depends on what type of product. I’ve been using what are probably “expired” products for a while, and thankfully I haven’t had any problems. Again, that probably has to do with the fact that most of the makeup products I use are powdered makeup and not creams or things that can dry out. That being said, my mascara is guaranteed over three years old and surprisingly still holding strong. So check out how long different types of makeup last as compared to other types before you buy. This way you know you’ve made a good investment in the product you’re buying.
4: Powdered makeup is less likely to make you break out
We’ve all had those moments when we go to sleep after a long day and forget to take our makeup off. You wake up, realize what happened, and try not to panic about the effects of the overnight incident on your skin. You can avoid those kinds of panics by using powdered makeup over liquid. Powdered makeup is less likely to clog your pores because it’s loose and doesn’t completely cover your skin. It also comes off more easily, so keep that in mind when considering whether to use primer. If you have a little more money leftover from your paycheck or gift money, you can try mineral makeup, which is known to be better for most skin types. It is more expensive than drugstore makeup, and can be pretty pricey compared to brands like Urban Decay as well. So again, keep that in mind.
5: Drugstore makeup isn’t that bad
If you need a quick fix, or have just run out of your favorite blush, mascara, or eyeliner, drugstore makeup isn’t a bad option. Some brands use all natural ingredients in their products, and others have a strong reputation among most drugstore brands. My favorite picks for most of my options are Maybelline and then L’oreal for lipstick. I’m still looking for some better options in terms of ingredients, but I know that these brands haven’t been harsh on my skin. So if you’re looking to find a quick fix or replace a former beloved product, consider trying a few drugstore brands to find one that fits what you’re looking for.
And those were my top beauty tips for college girls or young women on a budget. Again, this most definitely not all the tips one could ever find, but these are the ones I’ve found most helpful for myself. They may not work for everyone, but I hope I was able to help a few young women out. Let me know if there are any other tips you’d like to see about beauty, food, fashion, or health for ladies on a budget. Until next time, readers!